My Firework

I begin by mentioning one of the most inevitable aspects of our lives here upon the earth, and that is change. At one time or another we’ve all heard some form of the familiar adage: “Nothing is as constant as change.” -President Monson, 2008
We were driving home from Graf today and Sadie in the life stage she is in, only wants to listen to girl music. Meaning, songs sung by females. However, today she didn't actually express a preference and therefore I wanted to show her I care. So we listened to girl music. First it was Party in the U.S.A. (its her fav) and then it was Haunted by Taylor Swift. She told me that was her favorite song. And then we listened to Mr. Know it All by Kelly Clarkson. And the last song of the day was Firework. She still said Haunted was her favorite song. It couldn't be that she's in love with Monster High right now could it? lol.

So later in the day she got dressed up in a princess dress and a cape. She wanted her picture taken so I obliged. I'm always happy to. Because I know I'll treasure these.

At first she said it was her long hair. 
Anyway, so the day went by. She rode her scooter with her princess dress and the cape. And then she got on the swings. And this is the moment I will have etched into my brain for forever. I was at first terribly sad I didn't have my phone with me because I wanted a picture of it. But then I remembered the words from our Family Home Evening tonight given by Brother and Sister Gordon

 I believe that among the greatest lessons we are to learn in this short sojourn upon the earth are lessons that help us distinguish between what is important and what is not. I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now. -President Monson 
So instead of worrying about running inside to get my phone to capture a moment I knew I wanted to have for later when I could blog about it, I just sat and marveled at the beauty that was a girl on a swing.

Still in her cape and princess dress, barefoot with tangled hair, I stared as she watched herself in the reflection she cast upon the storage shed next to her. I saw how happy she was when she went forward. She could see the cape floating behind her, as if she were flying. The lighting was perfect. The sun was setting and it was as if not only was she glowing, but so was her soul. She was on fire actually. She kept going back and forth, back and forth and I caught her grin as she looked at herself, a superhero... soaring.

I sometimes forget about the age of this girl. She's 5 on the outside but definitely has an older spirit. She loves and she cares deeply. She's so intuitive. She's a perfectionist. She's thoughtful.

Lately she's been saying thank you for everything. It catches me off guard every time. I'm not used to it. She draws pictures so carefully too. The other day I sent David this picture. She re-did it the first time because she didn't like her butterfly's wings.

Anyway, this girl is my sunshine. I often give her a hard time because of her sensitive soul but I promise that tonight, I will love her better. 

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