Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year, 4 B's Style!

I never realized how much alike Brailey Shaye and I really are until tonight. Everyone always tells me how much we look alike, (which I can't really see) and I know we have the same walk and she definitely has some of my characteristics, but I never thought about how similar her heart is to mine - I've always found her heart to be so much cleaner and kinder and sweeter and more precious. She is so my angel-girl...! Tonight, she planned a "surprise party" for all of us, even though Brady, Britt and I were all in the house watching her run back and forth from the office to the dining room table the whole time. I didn't understand how much thought she had put into it until we were all sitting around the table, toasting our jars of water and opening our handmade gifts from her. She made a sign, "Hape Nu Yer," which was elaborately decorated with her artistic flair, of course. Then she asked if we could all say what our "revolutions" are, which turned out to be an incredibly special family moment. Both Brailey Shaye and Britt put in a lot of thought to what they said, and I was so proud of them for the goals they set for themselves. The whole thing took about 15 to 20 minutes, and I know it bound us together as a family tighter than ever. I remember the days when I loved to plan a party, to make everyone feel special, and how special it made me feel to do something nice for others. I'm still a little bit that way, of course, but I seem to have lost some of my steam or my energy, in that regard, and would rather just spend quiet time at home. Brailey's little impromtu Revolution Party made me realize I don't have to do things on such a grande scale as I used to like to try to do, though - a simple party like the one she planned is perfection in all it's glory. In fact, I'm adding it to my "list" of resolutions.

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