Thursday, August 2, 2012

a little gift

Coming home from a walk a few weeks ago we found a gift for Kate on the doorstep.  There was a plate of cookies (snicker-doodles) and six small plants of red sedum creeper.  Sitting with this gift was a card.  The girls and I gathered on the porch...they ate snicker-doodles while I read the card aloud.

Dear Kate,

How exciting to be become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and receive the Holy Ghost.  Even though your baptism + confirmation only took a short time your life will be changed forever.  You have actually been working up to these steps for 8 years, walking + following your parent's example and the example of the Savior.  I'm pleased to know you and to watch you make this most important step in your life so far.

Now...I have given you a little gift- it is kind of a strange gift for an 8 year old but it is something I love.  It is a plant that you can plant anywhere in your garden that you have room for ground cover.  This is why I love this plant---It is like a testimony.

1.  It is easy to grow.  It doesn't need tons of sun or tons of water.  It just needs a little of both once it is planted.  Sun (prayer), water (scriptures)
2.  It changes throughout the spring + summer + into the fall.  Sometimes it grows little flowers + then in the fall it changes colors.  Just like our lives we will experience things that will add to our testimony- make it more beautiful, bigger + colorful
3.  It is reliable.  It comes back EVERY year as long as it has had some water + some sun in the summer.  Each year it will get stronger + bigger.  You might even need to divide it + spread it to another area in the garden.

I also made you some snickerdoodles.  First of all because your mother said they were one of your favorites.  The other reason is because I think you are sometimes a little snickerdoodle---cute, fun, giggly + sweet with a touch of cinnamon in your hair.  

May Heavenly Father bless you in this new part of your journey.
Love to you,

After I finished reading Ellie responded "that is the best card we have ever read."  They loved the analogies made...and the cookies were delicious.  I loved the thoughtfulness and time a dear friend took to touch the heart of my daughter.


nikki said...

So sweet! I loved the analogies too

nikki said...

So sweet! I loved the analogies too

Raining Pearls said...

What special words for a special occassion. Such a lovely friend to you and your Kate.

carol said...

I love this! Kate is so special and I loved imagining her as a snickerdoodle!

Misty said...

What a sweet and amazing sentiment! Betsy is amazing and Kate is indeed a sweet little angel!

Alison said...

Love this!

Shauna said...

Very thoughtful! Can't believe she's 8!

Tebbs Family said...

I got chills reading Betsy's note. How special is that! Congrats to beautiful Kate and I hope to see how her ground cover has grown by her next birthday!!

Driving three Prince Girls said...

I just found your blog and this post made me cry. It also inspired me. With three daughters my life is filled with young, impressionable, sweet girls. I need to make a point to do more thoughtful things for them. To build them up and make them realize just how special they really are. How blessed you are to have such a wonderful friend, She is a shining example of "it takes a village."