The night before Leeli's big day I went in to her bedroom to say goodnight. She said "Mom, I was just writing in my journal and wrote that if I had to go back and live one year over again, it would be eleven. I think it was a pretty good year."
If the enthusiasm with which the birthday bite was taken is any indicator, Twelve is shaping up nicely.
Turning 12 meant some important milestones, like joining her sisters in the Young Women organization at church, and getting her own email account. One of the best birthday surprises was having her best cousin and grandmother stop in for presents and cake.