My daughter, dear reader, is my hero. In every sense of the word, too. This was discovered when I was lucky enough to be with her during her Bishopric interview Friday afternoon. I sat behind her and kept as still as possible so as not to disturb her or make her think she had to look to me for answers. I listened carefully to her words as she answered the Bishop's questions, and I was astonished by some of her answers --in a good way! She is simply amazing. I had no idea that my daughter had such Faith, nor did I realize the depth of her knowledge regarding the Plan of Salvation. She spoke of her desire to one day enter the Temple and spoke clearly about her favorite scripture stories (which were, in her specific order: Christ being baptized; Noah and the Ark; and Lehi's dream of the Tree of Life). As we left, I felt humbled that this young girl was my daughter --because even though Brandon and I have done our best to teach her correct principles, I know that most of her knowledge came from her own pursuit of truth; her ability to listen and retain information from Primary teachers, the scriptures, FHE, and even General Conference!
Recently, somebody told me (and I quote): When our children do right it is a reflection of their good upbringing. When they do wrong, it is because of the principle of free agency...
And I don't agree.
If we can't claim our children's mistakes, then what gives us the right to claim their successes? Yes, parents have a great influence on their children and should do all they can to teach them truth --but where does our influence end and the child's own personality/testimony/desires begin? I do not want to ever be accused of being "the reason" my daughter has turned out so well. To me, this is arrogance (mild at best). Yes, I have helped --but if she amounts to amazing things, I'd like to think it's a beautiful combination of the two (her faith and my efforts), and probably more her than me.
And she's proving this theory already!
(please note: I always claim the right to be wrong. Because I am not a genius. That is all.)
The day of her Baptism went off really well. We had 40 family members there to support her, and so combined with the other Four children getting baptized (it was a Stake Baptism), it was quite a full house! Brandon baptized her, our fathers were the witnesses, and Brandon confirmed her. Luckily, I had reserved the multi-purpose room for our luncheon afterwards, and so food prep and clean up went fast. And since all of our visiting and such happened there, we came home to a clean and quiet house.
It was sooooo nice!
Remind me to do that for every other child, okay?
Here some pictures from the Baptism:
Piano Lessons are DONE!
Well, sort of.
I realized that I never blogged about my decision regarding piano lessons (I wrote about my frustration and confusion about it here), and so I'll tell you now:
I decided to stop teaching for the summer. I planned on a final recital (which was tonight), and then taking four months off. When I start again, it will be September, and then I will only take 8 students.
17 to 8? Yeah, it's kind of a big deal.
I told all of the parents back in March that I would take requests after the recital, and depending on how many students want to keep taking from me, I may hold auditions in August. Personally, I'm hoping that many students will drop off themselves and find new teachers, because auditions make me very, very nervous. I hate doing something like this, but I'm about to have my fifth child. I absolutely must put my own children first. I have to! I need to give them more of my time, and this is the best way. What's nice is that I'll still be teaching --just not as much. I want to teach; I can't stop. I love it too much, dear reader! But not enough to ignore my kids every day after school. And so I feel good about this decision.
As for the recital, it went great! The kids sounded fabulous and the family support was outstanding. I had about 60-70 people there! Biggest recital so far. Oh, and #1 performed. She did wonderful! Here are a few pictures of her (thanks to my FIL for them!):
And there we go. Crazy April (and the first part of May) is now over! Over and done!
Too bad I replaced this stress with more stress.And more projects.
I'll learn one day...!