Grace's personality is really starting to shine. She is the easiest baby on the face of the earth. She sleeps approximately 12-14 hours every night. She eats well. She travels like a pro. She spends much of her time crawling from brother to brother, mom to dad, giving out kisses and hugs. She is so close to walking she can taste it. She grabs onto the couch (or table, or mom, or dad, or brother) and stands up with ease. The minute she has her balance she lets go and tests herself, laughing when she realizes she is standing all by herself. She throws mini temper tantrums when I try to change her diaper. She constantly has her chunky little pointer finger on her right hand extended, whether she is babbling to us, showing us what she sees, or scolding her brothers. She is an enthusiastic pointer. She loves looking at her pretty shoes and zooming cars with her brothers. She is very good at shaking her head "no" at us but has yet to master nodding "yes". She screams when she sees mama take the bag of cheese curds out of the fridge and smacks her hands on her highchair until she gets some. She loves noodles, blueberries, and oyster crackers. She can't sit still for five seconds when we are in church but she loves to snuggle up on my lap at home, holding my pointer finger and watching one of the boys' movies. She scrunches up her face and wrinkles her nose when she is really happy. She does not cry often but when she does mama is the only one that can calm her down. When we say, "How big is Gracie?" she throws her hands up above her head as we say, "SOOOooo big!" When daddy walks in the door she shrieks and claps her hands and throws her pudgy little arms around his neck when he picks her up.
Be grateful for each new day. A new day that you have never lived before. Twenty-four new, fresh, unexplored hours to use usefully and profitably. We can squander, neglect, or use them. Life will be richer or poorer by the way we use today. Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.