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BC: It's all about Family & Love

FC: What I know to be true about you.... December 2010 by Mema

1: What I know to be true I decided to write this book for you, my grandchildren, so you will all know what I know to be true about each one of you. I want you all to know how very much I love you and that I know that God has blessed me beyond measure by allowing me to be your Mema. There aren't many things in this world that I know to be absolute truths, but what I have written to each of you I know, in my heart, to be true. I also want you to understand that I know God created your spirit.....and within your spirit there lies greatness. During our lifetime we will experience much happiness and much sadness. But I realize that God does not give us more than we were trained and prepared to overcome and conquer in this lifetime. We were each given talents and gifts by God when he created our spirits. He taught us and prepared our spirits to come to earth to have experiences and to learn to overcome obstacles. Always remember, you would not be given challenges in life if God did not know that you could be successful at overcoming them. Don't let fear and negative thoughts stop you from becoming who you are meant to be! Each of you were sent here for a purpose. When you get your Patriarchal Blessing it will help you to see and remember who you are and what you agreed to do in this lifetime. Study it always and strive each day to follow its guidelines. By doing so, you will be getting one step closer to who you are....one step closer to achieving that which you agreed to accomplish while here on earth. Always remember that you are not alone. As a family we stand strong and firm, we stand united to face and overcome all challenges in life. Together there is nothing we cannot conquer. Our love, strength and knowledge will defeat all obstacles that we as a family may face. Remember at all times to pull from the strength of family. For it is within our family that we experience the greatest power of all.....the power of love and acceptance. I love each of you forever and for always and I will be by your side for all of the eternities. Mema

2: DEAR AVERY, YOU ARE MY FIRST GRANDCHILD AND WHAT A BLESSLING YOU HAVE BEEN TO ME. I REMEMBER WHEN YOU WERE LITTLE AND I TOOK YOU ON DATES TO TARGET AND THE TOY STORE. ONE YEAR I BOUGHT YOU 3 PAIRS OF RED SHORTS, ALL EXACTLY THE SAME. RED IS MY FAVORITE COLOR SO I WAS SURE YOU NEEDED ANOTHER PAIR OF RED SHORTS EVERY TIME I WENT TO TARGET. IT HAS BEEN AN HONOR WATCHING YOU GROW INTO A VERY FINE YOUNG MAN. YOU HAVE SUCH A GREAT INTERNAL STRENGTH ABOUT YOU. ONE OF MY FAVORITE AVERY STORIES IS WHEN YOU RAN IN A CITY TRACK MEET FOR THE FIRST TIME. I DON'T REMEMBER WHERE YOU PLACED IN THE RACE, BUT IT WASN'T IN THE TOP HALF. YOU WERE SO PROUD OF YOURSELF. I ASKED YOU HOW YOU DID AND YOU SAID "THOSE GUYS WERE FAST AND THEY PUSHED ME HARD. I RAN MY FASTEST TIME EVER." I LOVE THAT ABOUT YOU, AVERY. YOU CAN SEE HOW ANY SITUATION STRENGTHENS YOU AND MAKES YOU BETTER. I HAVE SEEN THAT OVER AND OVER AGAIN IN YOU. WHAT I KNOW TO BE TRUE ABOUT YOU IS THAT YOU ARE A LEADER AND A GREAT EXAMPLE TO ALL. YOUR SELF CONFIDENCE AND INTERNAL STRENGTH WILL GUIDE YOU. LISTEN TO AND LEARN FROM THOSE GREAT PEOPLE AROUND YOU. FOR ONE DAY, AVERY, YOU WILL BE THE LEADER YOU WERE SENT HERE TO BE. I LOVE YOU, MEMA

4: Dear Pierce, When you were born I could hardly wait to get to Japan and hold you. What a beautiful bundle of joy you were. When I had to leave you in Japan, it was a very sad day for me. When you were younger you loved everything Japanese. You were always proud to let everyone know you were born in Japan. I am constantly amazed at your many talents. I love reading your poems and hearing your songs. Your love of music is truly a gift from God. One of my favorite Pierce stories is when you were first learning to play the piano. I would come over and you would play a song for me that you said you had just made up. Only thing was, you hadn't made it up.....you had heard it somewhere before, but you had figured out how to play it all by yourself. You can hear a song once and know how to play it. I remember your first guitar lesson and your teacher told you that you were better than students he had been teaching for 3 years. Remember our trip to Oregon? You played your new mandolin the whole way up.....the same few cords. I bought you a book so you could learn more songs to play to keep everyone happy in the car. I want you to know that I think you are amazing. | What I know to be true about you, Pierce, is that God gave you the gift of music. With that gift you can bring happiness and joy into the world. Always use your gift for good. I love you and I am so very proud of you. Mema

6: Dear Dakota, My tenderhearted Dakota, you will always be my Kota Bear. When God was giving out talents one that he blessed you with was the ability to love people. You bring so much love and happiness into our family. One of my favorite Dakota stories is when you were 3 years old I decided that I would take you , Avery and Pierce out for a shopping trip. I don't know what I was thinking. | Half way through the trip I knew I had taken on more than I could handle. You were everywhere, I couldn't keep track of you. Finally I had enough and headed for the checkout line. I turned around and you were gone. About that time I heard someone say "whose kid is that?" I looked over and there you were.... sitting on top of a stack of chairs that was at least 6 feet high. When I took you home that day I told your Mom that I would not take you out on a date again until you were 4. I don't think I stuck to that, but I do think that was the last time I took all three of you boys shopping together. | I love you so very much Dakota. What I know to be true about you is that through your love of others and life you will exper-ience great joy and bless all those that are in your life. Mema

8: Dear Sierra, My first granddaughter and what a joy you are. I had so much fun buying all of those pretty dresses for you. The only problem was, you were so far away in Japan. What I know to be true about you, Sierra, is that God has blessed you with the gift of service. I am always so impressed at your enthusiasm and ability to organize. I tell people all the time about you doing a book drive at your school when you were in the 6th grade and that you collected over 1,000 books to send to kids in Samoa after they had been hit by a tsunami. Your love for community service will take your far if you continue down that path. Who knows, one day maybe you will combine your talent for helping others and your talent for cooking. Your are my cooking buddy. I think you were only 8 when I gave you your first cookbook. We have had some great times cooking together. The best part of Thanksgiving is watching you learn how to do it all. Each year you take on more responsibilities. Before I know it, I will be coming to your house to help you cut up the bread for the stuffing. I love you Sierra and know that you are an amazing girl! Mema

10: Dear Gabe, I remember the day you were born...how excited we all were to have you join our family. I couldn't wait to hold you, you were so perfect. I have so many good memories about you spending the night. The only problem was, after you left I would find candy wrappers all over the house. You do love sneaking into the pantry. Just to let you in on my secret, I always try to have something in the pantry that I know you will like . I love that look on your face when I catch you sneaking out of the pantry with a handful of goodies. That sneaky look always makes me laugh. Gabe, one of the things I kn ow to be true about you is that God blessed you with the ability to solve problems. You can figure out how to do anything when you want to. It always amazes me how you learned to make things out of duct tape just by seeing it on the Internet. So many times you have figured out how to do something that I couldn't ever figure out. What a wonderful talent to be able to problem-solve like that. Keep working on developing that gift. I love you so much Gabe and am so proud of you. Mema

12: One of my favorite Peyton memories was when you were about 5 years old. You were trying to put something together and you were having a hard time doing it. I stood there watching you struggle and just as I was getting ready to offer you some help you said "Come on, Peyton Benesch, you can do it!" and then you did it. You have such determination. I see it in so many things that you do school, sports, piano. Whatever it is you put your mind to doing you will do it. What I know to be true about you is that you are determined, you won't give up. That is a gift God gave to you. Another favorite memory is one day we were in the car and you said "Mema wouldn't it be nice if we could travel on clouds?" That started a whole list of things we thought would be nice.....like "wouldn't it be nice if we could slide down a rainbow" and "Wouldn't it be nice if we could swing from star to star". I always thought that would make a great book. Maybe one day with your love of reading and your determination, you will write that book. Remember to include "it is always nice to spend a day with Peyton". I love you Peyton! Mema | Dear Peyton, Finally,, another girl in the family and I got to buy cute dresses again. We were all so happy the day you joined us.

14: Dear Ethan, My E-Dog, you are the Man! From the day you were born you have been 100% boy. You didn't want to sit around and cuddle or be with the girls. I would try to hug and kiss you and you would have nothing to do with it unless we were all alone and you knew no one could see. That's when you would cuddle up and let me read to you. You always wanted to be with the big boys and have a ball in your hand. I remember you being so young and watching the older kids play ball and you were so confident that you could do it too. Because you always wanted to be like the bigger boys you would scare me to death taking risks. You have always believed in yourself. You know you can do it. What I know to be true about you, Ethan, is that you are confident in your ability to attain whatever it is you want to achieve. Don't ever stop believing that you can accomplish anything you desire. But, for me, would you please remember to be careful and not take too many risks....... I love you Man! Mema

16: Dear Izzy, Where do I begin in telling you what joy and happiness you bring to the family. I love watching you grow and gain confidence in who you are. I am so proud of you. | I love that you enjoy school and are learning so much. I believe that learning is part of your gift from God. You are always so happy to go to school and you love to write. What I know to be true about you is that some day you will be a great scholar. But another thing I know to be true is you also have a gift for music. I really like it when you sing me songs. I enjoy watching you dance and your face light up when you hear music. I know that learning and music will bring you much joy and happiness. Apply yourself in your studies and learn all that you can, for education will give you the freedom to make wise choices in your life. | Remember to sing out with joy always. I love you so much! Mema

18: Dear Tiana, Oh, what joy you bring to my life. My first memory of you was just minutes after you were born. You heard your Dad's voice and you turned your head towards him. Even the nurse commented on how alert you were and that you knew your Dad. Tiana, what I know to be true about you is that you are a leader. One day when you were about three years old, we went to the mall to play and within just a few minutes every kid in the play area was following you. I love picking you up from school and going to our favorite restaurant (Crackers) for lunch and splitting a grilled cheese sandwich and French fries. Always remember to use your gift of leadership for good. I know that you are a very determined and smart girl, Tiana, and that people love to be around you. Influence others for good and your life will always be filled with happiness. I will love you always and forever,!!!! Mema

20: Dear Max, Where do I begin in telling you how much i love you and what joy you bring to our family. i see your sweet smile and it just makes me feel happy. One of my favorite Max stories is one day when you were playing house with the girls and they told you | that you had to go to work. You said "I don't want to go to work. I want to be the Dad." A few minutes later you came out of the bedroom and you were mad. I asked you what was wrong and you said "they won't let me have fun and be the Dad. Dad's get to play and have fun. They don't just go to work." What I know to be true about you Max is one day you are going to be a great Dad. You will go to work, but YOu will have fun and teach your children how to love and celebrate life. You are such a love bug. I always love it when I get those special Max loving cheek rubs and hugs. I love you forever Max, Mema

22: Dear Malia, What I know to be true about you, my sweet little angel Malia, is that you have a wonderful imagination. I love to watch you play with dolls, play house, make up stories while you play, and listen to you sing. Your imagination is a great gift and one that you can develop through the years. Remember always to read and create stories of your own one day. I also know that you bring so much love and joy to our family. I love when you come over and run up and give Grandpa and me a big hug. You are our sweet angel Malia. I see you growing up with such confidence in who you are. I love watching you get excited about learning your numbers and letters. I know that when you start school you will be at the top of your class. I love you my little Malia angel. I will be with you always and forever. Mema

24: Dear Nua Claire, When your Dad told me he was naming you Nua Claire I felt honored that you would carry my name forward. You are my sweet little princess, Nua. I love watching you play dress up and walk around being a pretty princess. But mostly I love watching you be a big sister. Nua what I know to be true about you is that God blessed you with the gift of love. I see that love | and caring in all that you do. Don't think that just because you are stuck in the middle that you get lost. Because you could never get lost. The middle is a very important part of holding it all together. Remember, it is the middle that makes Oreo cookies the best. You help make your family the best. Your ability to nurture and care for people will make people want to be close to you. Remember that God gave you this gift to share with others. Use your love | wisely to build and strengthen family relationships. If you do this you will always be blessed with eternal peace and happiness. I love you always my Princess Nua. Mema

26: Dear Masina, You are my sweet baby angel. The last grandchild to come to our family. You are so strong and determined. When you get hurt you don't want anyone to comfort you.... you know you are strong and that you will be able to take care of yourself. I think God has given you that gift of strength and independence. As you grow and learn, that strength and independence can become a great source of power for you Use it wisely and it will benefit you in reaching your hopes and dreams. One thing I know to be true about you, Masina, is that one day, when you decide to talk, you will have great things to say. Your words will influence people and change lives. You will guide people with your wisdom and strength. Always remember | that I love you and that I will always be with you, my sweet baby angel Masina. Mema

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