I was very touched by these thoughts shared by my sister Cami, written for her daughter Clara:

What a special thing is motherhood.  To feel and watch your child grow within you, to hold this little infant in your arms for the first time, breathing in their innocence and purity.  To watch them smile their first smile, to watch them discover the world and develop their own interests and feel confident about the choices they make.

This is what I love about Clara: She is her own kind of beautiful.  She dresses herself to what she deems as beautiful.  Today she wore a purple collared shirt(backwards), black pants with white polka dots, and underneath it all, flower patterned bloomers.  As much as I try to do her hair, chasing her around the house with a brush and hairband, feeling victorious to have just put her hair in a ponytail, within seconds she pulls it out, preferring it loose and un-done.

She loves to introduce herself as “Clara Diane Alohiloni Coburn.”  She is in love with her voice.  She loves to sit by the mirror and watch herself sing, watching her mouth move as she tries to pronounce every word with perfect pronunciation.  She screams in the car and laughs afterward, then does it again, loving the sound that she can make.  There are few things that she doesn’t have opinions about; from the way I button up her coat, to the cup/bowl/spoon I give her.   She knows what she likes and how she should be treated.

She loves to nurture.  She has names for her baby dolls and tucks them in bed at night right next to her, making sure they are not cold.  She loves to smile, loves to make others smile, and loves to laugh.

She is a confident, bright, and happy little girl.

I hope she will embrace her talents in this life, feel confident in who she is and what she can become, and have the motivation and persistence to find and pursue her dreams.

As much as she may sometimes be tempted to be a certain way, I hope she will be confident in her differences and when needed stand up for her values and defend them.

“Be your own kind of beautiful, the best that you can be, smile your own kind of smile, find your own identity, then heaven’s light will shine for you in very special ways, just being you is sure to make the world a better place. Be happy to be who you are, to your own self be true, be your own kind of beautiful you.” (words by Janice Kapp Perry)

I love this thought from Elder Wirthlin:

“The Lord did not people the earth with a vibrant orchestra of personalities only to value the piccolos of the world. Every instrument is precious and adds to the complex beauty of the symphony. All of Heavenly Father’s children are different in some degree, yet each has his own beautiful sound that adds depth and richness to the whole.”

I hope she will be virtuous, find her own beautiful sound, share it, love it and live it.