That's child-rearing advice you always hear in association with the tantrumy toddler years, right? Because before you know it, those years will be gone and you'll long for those days. So I've known that and I try to. But this experience with Dexter has taught me that in a more urgent way. Yesterday, the weather was just gorgeous so we loaded up the stroller and headed to the park. And I had this moment. A tender, simple moment. I was holding Dexter and his head was nuzzled just under my chin as I was watching Xander and Elodie play perfectly sweetly together on the playground. For that moment, everything was perfect. I felt such a surge of joy and gratitude for my three wonderful children. This really is what it's all about, people.
Daddy is going to bless Dexter in Church tomorrow morning. I have really been looking forward to the opportunity to get a glimpse of who little Dexter is and what his mission on the Earth may be. All of you are invited to come. (If only, right? I know most of you are long-distance readers.) It's at 9:00 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building at 950 S. Laredo St. in Aurora, CO.