Liliana Grace is the grandchild whose face glows with wonder and excitement about nearly everything. She is extremely artistic and has won awards for her paintings and drawings. Fiercely independent (like both mother and father) Lilli has a unique thirst for knowledge. She also has a strong desire to see justice and fairness prevail.
I miss her so much…
Because Lilli lives with her siblings (Callen and Lauren) in Kansas and Mario and I live in California, our relationship is not exactly traditional. I wish that we could have our kids together within a one hour radius, kind of like my parents have it with their children, but it is not possible. Lilli has four sets of grandparents – and we are the furthest away. But love knows no boundaries. Love has the power to skip over natural barriers as easily as stones skip over water. Lilli is in my daily prayers and I carry her with me wherever I go. Because she is so incredibly valuable to me, I will continue to learn about her and find new reasons to love her.
Today is Liliana Grace’s birthday, and we are here in California and she is there near Kansas City. We will most likely call her on the phone, sing happy birthday and hear all about how her Halloween was. We learn how to count our blessings, and talking on the phone is a huge blessing to a Grandparent who has lived in a foreign country for so long.
Today, our Lilli will blow out candles on a birthday cake and the glow of her candles will light up her face like she lights up the world.
Happy Birthday, Lilli. Today I walked through campus and thought of you—your beauty, your truth, your moral courage. I love you and I’m proud of you.