Happy 14th Birthday Emily

June 29, 2016
Dear Emily,
Can you believe you’re going to be fourteen - the age Joseph Smith was when he entered the grove of trees? I’m sure that he thought of himself as a simple farm boy. God saw his heart and his soul. That is how God sees you. Your value is absolute and never changes. You are a daughter of God with limitless potential.
I’ve watched you grow up with so much joy. You always have a ready smile and a twinkle in your eye. You always have a hug and the warmth of your personality to share. You are smart, capable, hardworking, talented, kind, loving, a great leader and so much fun to be around.
You have been a blessing to everyone who knows you. I see you quietly helping out where ever you see a need. You have a kind sensitive soul. You also have a great personality and a great wit.  
When I was your age I liked to go for walks in nature and find a quiet peaceful place to think and pray. While I was thinking and praying I felt the love of God for me in such a way that I have a peaceful place in my heart everywhere I go. I know that things will work out and that I am worthy of love. I am enough. Even though I know I have lots of things I need to do to improve myself I know that I need to be kind and patient with myself as I make mistakes.
I hope you are kind to yourself. I hope you find ways to be alone and think and pray. I hope you know how much your heavenly parents love you. When you know your value to your core then nothing that life throws at you knock you down for good. You will always have the strength to pull yourself back up and try again.
You have a wonderful mother and father who love you very much and want the best for you. You have awesome brothers and sisters who are your best friends. In a few short years you will be leaving home and finding your way in the world. Remember you are never alone even when you are physically alone. You are never spiritually alone. God is always with you and has all the time in the world to know and love you. Jesus Christ really is your brother and best friend. He really knows exactly how you feel because He has felt it. Your loving family - both on earth and on the other side of the veil - is also with you in spirit.
I hope you know that you are valuable just because you are you. You are loved. You are treasured and you are cherished. Your Grandma sees your beautiful soul and delights in your presence. God bless you with all your hopes and dreams. I will always love you forever.
Love, Grandma Baadsgaard   


Happy Birthday Libby

Libby Hugs
Grandma Baadsgaard
I love you so much my precious Libby.

In all the big wide world
There’s nothing quite as great
As a great big Libby hug
Her smiles are never late

For Libby spreads sunshine
Everywhere she goes
She makes everyone feel so good
Right down to your toes

Her imagination has a flare
With lots of fun to play
She makes friends easily
What else can I say?

For Libby knows just what to do
When someone else is sad
She shares her treats and her heart
So everyone feels glad


Alisa Baadsgaard in Chamber Orchestra at Spring Concert

Alisa's Spring Concert was beautiful.

Birthday Poem For a Three-Year-Old

Gideon the Great
By Grandma Baadsgaard
Happy 3rd birthday to a wonderful little boy who gives me great joy.

When you’re three
You can see
What others might ignore
Because you see
What you please
All a delight in store

You like to laugh
As you take a bath
When Mom says stop,
Up you pop.
Splash water on the floor
Then you do it some more.

Three is for playing
And three is for saying
Exactly what’s on your mind
Even if it includes your behind
Parents blush
Tell you to hush
But hushing is not for you
Unless you have the flu
Which means you’re rather sick
But you know just the trick
For jumping out of bed
And landing on your head
And dashing through the house
Never a quiet as a mouse

You’d rather be up there
Climb that mountain if you dare
There is no stopping you
If there is something you want to do
So hold on tight mom and dad
There’s no need to be sad
Messes and magic galore
For the three-year-old you adore


Logan is Baptized

My beautiful grandson Logan was baptized today. He looked like an angel.
Logan with his Baadsgaard and Cope grandparents.
All the awesome people who came to support Logan.
This is Logan with his mother and father and all his brothers and sister.


My yard is exploding with lilacs

My whole yard is exploding with lilacs!
If you want some -
I'd love to share!