Twenty-Six years ago, the Steele family welcomed a beautiful baby daughter into their lives. A little over six years ago (?), we welcomed that same beautiful Brittney into our lives, and consequently, into our hearts. It was a very easy thing to do. I knew she was one of us when she found a blanket and a corner of a bedroom and was perfectly satisfied to call it her bed and then got up in the morning and poured herself a bowl of cereal for breakfast! No muss...no fuss...she was a perfect fit.
Not only does Brittney fit it, she elevates us. She is responsible for the annual "Rusty Whisk" cook-off which has become a family tradition envied by many. She is a gatherer of family. It is magical to experience things through the eyes of Brittney. I will never forget our first Christmas with Derrick and Brittney. My heart melted when she opened her presents and she let out a squeal. She was a kindred spirit and I fell deeper in love with her that Christmas morning.
I am in awe of Brittney and here are just three of many reasons why:
1. Brittney is highly intelligent and so well-rounded in her knowledge. She compliments Derrick's intelligence....never competing with it. I love her security in who she is and what she knows and even what she doesn't know. I love that she loves to learn and has instilled that God-like attribute in Molly.
2. Brittney is a seeker of purity and goodness. I have always thought of her as someone who truly understands what it means to be a daughter of God. I love that crassness and vulgarity are offensive to her tender spirit. I love that she desires a home free from the stains of the world. I love that she is a protector of of her temple covenants and understands their value and worth. I love her love of the gospel and the Savior. She is a daughter who has sought to do everything right in her life and continues to do that.
3. Brittney is a mother and wife who operates under the guidance of the Holy Ghost. I can honestly say that not one time, not even for one second have I second guessed Brittney's mothering skills and decisions. In fact, I have often marveled at what she has taught me. As a mother-in-law and now grandmother, I offer nothing by gratitude and thanks to my Heavenly Father for the righteous influence that Brittney has on Derrick and Molly. I only hope that many other children :) will have the opportunity to be 'gathered under her wing' and benefit from all she has to give.
And so today my dear Brittney, I give thanks for you, your birth, and your life. You are amazing. You are talented. You are good. I have been blessed to be loved by you and to love you. From the first time I talked to you on the phone before you and Derrick were even engaged, I loved you. It is a love that is strengthened every day as I pray for you morning and night and for your desire of a wonderful life, a Christ-centered family, and true, eternal joy. Thank you for giving all of that to me. I love you so much. Lorri