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Sunday, March 13, 2011

My Little Sunshine

Sunshine
Dear Chloe,

March 11, 2003--the day you were born--was a very welcome sunny day after a typical Utah cold spell.  March had come in like a lion, but was working on going out like a lamb, and it chose your birthday to turn on the sunshine.  I wasn't feeling well (probably because I was starting labor) so Mamah came over to watch Bria and help me out.  We spent some of the day just sitting out on the lawn and enjoying the much needed warmth.

It's all so apropo, because you are a sunshine person.  You are almost always happy and smiling.  You are sweet, kind and generous.  You are a friend to everyone around you, no matter what others think.  It makes me so proud to hear the stories that come back to me from your teachers and other observers about how you make a point to play with those who don't really have any friends at recess.  You hate to see people sad, and you will do your best to help them to smile, no matter what it takes.

The Hawaiian name we chose for you is La'akea, which means "Sacred Light."  I believe it fits you to a tee.  You truly radiate the light of Christ in your generosity and kindness to others.

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I love the notes that you are constantly writing to me and to dad and to your sisters.  Once, you and Bria had an argument and Daddy told both of you that you had to write 20 things you loved about your sister.  You went above and beyond and wrote seven entire pages of tiny writing, and you rarely had a repeat item.  You thought of hundreds of things that you loved about your sister, because that's the kind of girl you are:  Full of light and love.

This is a letter you recently wrote to me:
I will often find other notes that say "Mom I cleaned your closet for you, I love you" or "Dad, I made the bed, thank you for being the best Daddy ever!"  You bring a bit of sunshine to our lives every day because of that.

You love music and performing and art.  You draw beautiful things on a daily basis and recently had one of your pieces featured at an art show!  You didn't care though, you were actually annoyed that you haven't been allowed to bring that particular piece of artwork home.You are still doing very well on the piano and you are also currently rehearsing in the University production of South Pacific, in the role of Ngana.  You come home from rehearsal so happy and tell me how much you love singing for other people.  I get it, but I didn't get it at age 8! I'm not surprised, though, because you've always been my musical theater junkie. I'm so proud of you and can't wait to see you in the performances next month!  I'll be at every one.

Right now, you are in love with your American Girl doll, Rebecca.  She goes everywhere with you, within reason.  You play for hours with her and it reminds me of myself at your age with my own doll.  I got her when I was 7 and played with her for hours a day until I was a teenager.  I hope you'll do the same.

All you wanted for your birthday was clothes and things for Rebecca.  So, that's what you got.  I love watching you open your gifts because you are just so darn thankful.  You squeal with excitement no matter what you get, but when it's something you REALLY wanted, you scream.  And you always fly at the giver with one of your signature tight hugs.  It makes people want to give you the world, even though some of the girls at your birthday party weren't quite sure what to think of your big hugs and happy shrieks.

Just what she wanted!
One of your other favorite gifts this year was from Mamah and Grandpa: A beautiful set of scriptures with your name engraved on them, and a case to go with them.  You have been wanting these for a very long time, and you immediately opened them up and marked your favorite verse: "Learn in thy youth to keep the commandments of God."

I'm so glad when I see how much you love the Gospel and the Lord.  You want so badly to do what is right, and I have so many stories I could share with you about how you have done that.  This birthday was a particularly special one because you would also be baptized.  Your baptism was the day after your 8th birthday, only a couple of hours after a crazy fun birthday party with your little friends, but it was the best way to end the birthday celebrations that I know of.

You were so excited to make this covenant with God.  The program was beautiful:  You chose Sister Karn, our Primary President to give a talk, along with Mamah.  You and I sang Teach Me to Walk in the Light together.  While you sang beautifully, I could barely make it through because I was trying so hard not to cry and was rather unsuccessful.  Daddy baptized you and confirmed you and bestowed upon you the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and all present felt the Spirit very strongly.


Chloe's baptism
Chloe, I love you forever and a day.  I am so glad that I was chosen to be your mother.  Thank you so much for the sunshine you bring to my life, and for all the things you teach me about being a better mother and person.  I love you!
Chloe
Happy Birthday!

Love, Mom.

25 comments :

  1. That was beautiful! Happy Birthday to your ray of sunshine!

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  2. Happy birthday sweet girl! Congratulations on your baptism. She's such a beautiful girl, Lara. I love the photos and the tribute.

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  3. Beautifully written, Lara! I got a tiny bit teary when I read about the two of you singing. This will be such a treasure in years to come for both you and her.

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  4. What a BEAUTIFUL birthday tribute for your beautiful girl.
    Happy day for a happy girl.

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  5. Weepy. What an amazing daughter. Amazing. And the Sunshine in the Snow pictures are incredible.

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  6. oh, I've got goose skin :). happy birthday, sunshine!

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  7. She sounds and looks like a sweetheart! Happy Birthday to her.

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  8. Congrats to Chloe on her baptism. She looks beautiful!

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  9. So glad it went off without a hitch. :)
    LOve those middles. :)

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  10. Lovely post. I was weepy. I just love Chloe to pieces!

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  11. Oh, this makes me cry. Happy tears of course. She is such a beautiful person, and I think her letter to you speaks volumes about the kind of mother you are (wonderful, that is).

    *We're reading Mysterious Benedict Society, too! Well--I got halfway through with the boys and then had to keep reading myself because it was too exciting...ahem....I'm into the second now.

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  12. I love that letter she wrote you. What a special girl!

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  13. I got all choked up reading this beautiful tribute to your daughter, Chloe. She sounds like a truly remarkable girl. Happy 8th Birthday and Happy Baptism Chloe. I am sure glad you have some beautiful sunshine in your life. You really ther the best mom ever! :)

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  14. I am not kiddin, she is adorable. ;)

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  15. This is one of my favorite posts of yours of all time! So sweet! You are so blessed! Thank you for sharing!

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  16. Oh GOSH! I love this letter to her. It will be something that she will treasure forever!

    Happy Birthday to sweet Chloe!

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  17. Happy Birthday, Chloe! What a sweetheart. I love what you wrote :)

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  18. It sounds like Chloe had a fabulous birthday! K & R got to get baptized on their birthday, too! I just love the photos of her -- braving the cold and looking beautiful! H is finally too old for AG stuff, and it makes me sad. You'll have to post pics of the little outfits you made.

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  19. What a beautiful post! Chloe is such an amazing little girl. I so miss that beautiful smile and those tight hugs! She always brightens my day!
    Love you!

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  20. What a beautiful tribute to your daughter! Well done (the post and the mothering).

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  21. She is absolutely radiant! I love how much she loves you and repeats it so many times in her letter. That is one gushing heart. What a special girl.

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  22. Congratulations on your baptism Chloe!:)

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  23. What a gorgeous girl and I really enjoyed her letter - what a lovely gift for you to treasure in the years to come. Naomi

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  24. What a totally sweet daughter you have!! Love the pictures. They are so good.

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  25. I'm crying right now because the spirit was so strong just reading this post. I needed that. Chloe is such a sweet, beautiful little girl and that letter!!! Oh my! If you ever run into some tricky teenager days with her, that is perfect documentation of her love for you!

    I so wish we could share our kids baptisms this year (and that the cousins could see eachother's-my boys couldn't go to timmy's either since we were on the cruise), but I feel connected to it all through your post. What beautiful pictures. Give those girls kisses from me and one to my handsome brother. I'm missing him alot lately.

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