When Brylee was small she was the perfect little girl. She was so easy going, so patient, she was never unkind to other kids, she didn't throw fits, she was easy and wonderful and the very center of my heart and soul. She was beautiful. Everywhere we went people would comment on her amazing blue eyes and thick black eyelashes. She was happy and confident and sure. Time has swirled past us and more than a decade has come and gone. Brylee is growing into an amazing woman. She is still everything she was when she was little and more.
But life lately has pushed her around a bit. She is lonely and misses our old ward so much. She feels awkward in a new body and is trying to keep up with all the changes. Homework is harder, friends are more complicated and she feels that weird exhaustion that comes with teenager-hood. She just cant seem to get enough sleep. My heart has been especially aware of her and I am trying to walk every step of this growing up road right beside her.
We spent part of last week in Las Vegas for a gymnastics meet. Brylee was ever helpful with the little girls and always the first to say "thank-you Mom and Dad" after a meal or a fun activity. She has a heart of gold and I know that that big, soft, beautiful, golden heart will see her through this rough patch.
What a gem you are my sweet Brylee Girl.
|The Venetian Hotel|
It was meant to be that life would be a challenge. To suffer some anxiety, some depression, even some failure is normal. If you have a good, miserable day once in a while- or several in a row- stand steady and face them. Things will straighten out. There is great purpose in our struggle in life. -Boyd K. Packer