My heart is heavy as I post tonight. My every thought is with Gracie and her family. I cannot begin to imagine how they must feel having said goodbye for the last time. It has been my privilege to love and serve them throughout this journey.
My family has been strengthened through sharing this experience. As I came home from bootcamp early yesterday morning I found Trace and Taylor in the office anxiously reading Gracie's blog. Their hearts were touched as they read the loving words posted by her mother. Later that day while driving home from school, Tate turned to me and said, "I know Heavenly Father is so proud of Gracie for trying so hard to live here on earth. She must be so happy to be in heaven now."
As for me, Gracie has taught me so many things, if I were to list them all my post would never end. Most of all she has taught me to enjoy the journey. As a mother I find that I choose to spend so much of my time trying to erase the fact the my children exist. I am constantly cleaning, straightening, checking things of the 'to do' list, trying so hard to control life. Instead I need to appreciate the fact that if my house is filled with happy chaos, if there are crumbs on the floor, and sticky spots on my counter, it means that my children are here. That instead of running around picking up after them, I need to put down my Windex and run with them.
Thank you Gracie for reminding me what is most important. May you and your family be encircled about eternally in the arms of His love. 2 Nephi 1:15