I think Arnold is the last child to highlight, I hope I didn't miss anyone. Her pictures are the last in my sorting folder so I think I'm good. I always start by saying how much I love each child and I don't know how to make my words special for each one, but I love them collectively and individually.
Arnold is no exception. She brings my life so much peace, delight, and joy. She is sassy as a teenager should be, but she is not disrespectful. She is an old soul, wise, and thoughtful. She has an understanding of who she is, what she expects of herself, and where she wants to be that is humbling to see as a mother. She teaches me and shows me by example how to be a better person.
Arnold is artist in ways that I can not comprehend. She has only taken two formal art classes and this year is in a very advanced class that is requiring her to produce a top grade painting or drawing each week. It's been challenging and overwhelming creating in such a demanding time frame and yet I see her create beautiful week after week. Challenging and pushing her in ways that she hates at times, but is making her a better artist.
Her teacher has been amazed at all the she is doing with so little training. He uses her as an example of what a good artist can do. She is embarrassed by the praise, but I am in awe of her natural skills and abilities. She has a gift and I hope she will continue to use it and bless the lives of everyone who sees her creations.
Arnold has been the driving force for Temple Tuesday. I don't remember how it started, what motivated her desire to go to the temple each week, but for several years now she and her sisters will wake up on at 4:30am to be to the temple. Tuesday is late start at school, a day to sleep in and no matter what is happening I hear them each temple morning rushing to get out the door.
I know all these children spotlights might come across as bragging, but I think each of our children not matter who you are or where you live have exceptional qualities. Sometimes we forget that as parents as we go from day to day disciplining and correcting. I know I do. Some days I only see the messes that get left behind as my children leave the room or I let the daily squabbles become end of the world scenarios and I get angry. I need these positive reminders of the special people Heavenly Father has let me love and take care of. They need to see and read how much they mean to me. Sometimes they forget how much they are loved, even if I tell them everyday and this is just another way that I hope will sink into their hearts.
So to my darling daughter, I love you. I am so thankful that our relationship has grown and that not only can we be mother and daughter, but friends. You make the world a better place and you have made our home wonderful with your efforts to have meaningful relationships with each of your siblings. I love you sweetie.