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I really , really, really like this kid.  Everything about him makes me smile.  We have considered him a gift from the moment he joined us.  He has a wacky personality, can you tell?  And SO much enthusiasm for life...
 He has such a good heart,   and yet fierce determination.  One of the greatest gifts my Heavenly FAther has ever given me is having the privilege of being a mother to this sweet boy.
Ten thing we celebrate about Brady on his tenth birthday: 1.  He is a good friend,  2.  He has a great attitude. 3.  He is quick to apologize when he knows he has done something wrong. 4.  He is a hard worker, in every sense of the word. 5.  Never complains about taking the trash out which is his daily "job". 6.  He STILL comes in our room and snuggles with us every morning before the start of the day. 7.  He wants to do what is right. 8.  He has a quick wit, just like his older brother. 9.  Everything is a party when Brady is involved. 10.  He is ALWAYS happy.

Learning to love those who don't love you

I have been thinking a great deal lately about a time many many moons ago when I was given the stewardship to be a visiting teacher for someone who HATED me.  I have written about it here before.   Man, that was a tough time.
I look back on it lately and realize how much I learned from that experience.  
I prayed many many months during that two year period, pleading with Heavenly Father to give me the okay to go to the Relief Society President or the Bishop (who happened to be Brent) and ask to be reassigned to someone else.  It didn't make sense to me that I would be asked to take a spiritual though teach month to someone who would never be able to learn anything from me.  The ire I felt from her each time I entered her home was palpable.  Time and time again the answer was the same, "no, you need to remain her visiting teacher".  
During that time I had to soften my heart and get creative about ways to serve her.  She would NEVER have let me serve her willingly.  I h…