Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The Greatest Gift

December 12, 2011

  I skipped the sales after Thanksgiving. The thrill just wasn't there.
  No pictures taken with Santa Claus, My decorating has no flair.
  Her presents were sandals, blouses, and skirts, a shoulder bag and luggage...no bother.
  I've bought her all new clothes because... This year I'm giving Christ
  my son.

  I've spent more time in the temple, my testimony stirred.
  I've reread November's Ensign, Felt strength come from His words.
  Our family prays more frequently. My tears are quick to run.
  Abraham seems closer because, This year I'm giving Christ my daughter.

  I wonder how those Lamanite mothers, gave their sons to war?
  Or how the pioneers chose Zion , their sacrifice was so much more.
  My loss will be her presence, I'll miss her smile a ton
  For 8 more months we will pray for her, I'm giving Christ my daughter.

  I stare at her picture every single day. I memorize her eyes, their shine.
  She has always hungered for the part of her, that makes her soul divine.
  The stories and lessons she always heard, His choice and mine are one.
  I'll put my faith in God's hand, This year, I'm giving Him my daughter.

  Past gifts have lost their glitter; I think I finally understand
  Christ's birth should be celebrated by giving Him a hand.
  It's because I know Christ lives and reigns that she's in a far off land.
  My gift has taken years to make, This year... I'm giving Christ my daughter.

  I know there's One who understands, the sacrifice I'm making.
  Who knows the gift I willingly give, The toll it will be taking.
  For He has done it all before Greater love - there could be none.
  For years ago God gave to me, His only begotten son.

  The hands I washed, the hands I held, The hands I taught to pray;
  Now knock on doors to find the ones Who will listen to what she'll say.
  Because I know Christ needs her, Until all the gathering's done,
  My gift has taken years to make.  This year...I'm giving Christ my daughter.

Sweet Taryn,
YOU are among my GREATEST GIFTS of a loving Heavenly Father, and because He gave me YOU, I KNOW He loves me...MORE than I could ever comprehend.  You are the light of my life and I am so honored to be your mom. Give Christ your all this Christmas season and for the next 8 months.  Give the Gift of the Gospel to the entire island of FOGO this Christmas....I know it was
the greatest gift I've EVER received for Christmas. 

Know that you are loved and loved and loved soooooooooooo much!!!!