Thursday, May 26, 2011

Our Ballerina Bonny

Miss Bonny Dianne, Age 12
First of all, I can't believe how grown up my pretty little Bon-bon is getting. This year she started attending Mutual (our church's youth group), studied hard in her Constitution and American History studies, as well as Shakespeare. She got more serious with her ballet lessons, and she will attend her first Girls' Camp in a couple weeks. She cooks, she cleans, she does laundry, and she keeps me organized.

Long ago, before I became pregnant with Bonny, I had three little kids, ages 3 and under. I wanted to wait before the next baby-- I wasn't sure I "could handle" any more. In truth, I just was feeling selfish and wanted to get back to my own interests in performing and directing shows. But the Spirit kept telling me there was a little girl waiting to come. After raving and complaining for a while, I finally received a priesthood blessing from my husband, and in it, the Lord told me that I should NOT delay in getting pregnant, and I was was promised that "This next child will be a great blessing to you and your family."

And she IS!!! Oh, how grateful I am that I followed the Lord's counsel to me, and welcomed this beautiful daughter into our family circle. She blesses us and brings us joy daily. I can't wait to see what her future holds for her!

Here are two videos of her recent ballet recital. I'm so proud of how hard she worked, and how responsible she is! I am also so pleased that she decided to be modest, and wore a skin-colored leotard under her regular costume. I think she was much more comfortable than the other girls because she didn't have to worry about showing too much. :-)


  1. What a fun performance - and I can't see her bodysuit, so it doesn't detract from the dance at all! I teared up reading about how impressed you were to hurry on and have her :) I love your sweet family!

  2. Rachel,
    Thank you for all you post. You keep me focused that this TJed process will work. Often I doubt myself and how we apply the principles of leadership education. I LOVE LOVE LOVE reading both of your blogs and learning SO MUCH from you. Thank you for being such an amazing example of Womanhood and Motherhood.

    p.s. if you get a moment, (I know you are so busy) I would still like to hear more from you about your Shakespeare production.
    Thanks again!!

  3. Great job Bonny! She is a beautiful girl, just like her mama. Each child does bring so much to a family.


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