Category Archives: courage

personal progress

Most 14 year-old girls are not known for their wisdom or their ability to see the big picture. No, they’ve got more important things to worry about like friends, boys and hair (hair being the most important issue of any day).

But every once in a while, my typical, often self-absorbed teenager says something that makes me proud and reminds me that despite all of the cons of raising a teenage girl, there are some pros that give way to tons of hope.

Last night the Young Women went on a service scavenger hunt and as we were near the end of our evening( with only seven minutes to go) I suggested  we go to a house we missed on the way up the street.

One of the other young women said “Well, they aren’t LDS”, and as I was about to suggest we should be willing to knock on any door, not just the familiar ones, my Belle sighs heavily, rolls her eyes and says:

That’s not right! We can and should serve everyone in our neighborhood.

Her statement was a little more dramatic than I prefer but I was impressed with her willingness and ability to speak up in a crowd for what she thought was right.

Although I’m not positive she would have had the same courage if I wasn’t present, I do believe it’s a step in the right direction.

Next lesson: Tact.

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dear lessie

I now this has been a rough couple weeks for you and my thoughts are with you always.  I hope you find time to meditate and reflect on the changes.  AND…try to remember– even though it’s hard to see it from where you are now– better times lay ahead. I promise.

You are an intelligent woman with a heart the size of California, and you will do good things for your community and family.

Know that your friends are cheering you on as you do your best to be a great mother, partner, daughter, sister.

Love,

M