Today during the late afternoon Hailey and I headed over to Temple Square for her baptismal photo shoot. Even though she doesn't turn eight until January, we had to strike while the weather was good and I was amazed at how gorgeous the day was. It's November 10th and it was 65 degrees outside with no wind! As you can see, it was short sleeve weather. Score!
I know I am biased in thinking that Hailey is a beautiful girl, but I think she is incredibly beautiful both inside and out. She is blossoming into such an amazing person and she is a huge blessing to our family. I sometimes catch myself thinking back to what we were going through eight years ago when I was pregnant with her and when she was a baby. Because of complications surrounding that pregnancy, life was very difficult to say the least. But God is merciful and I truly think He makes things right when we have suffered. Hailey is that reward and then some.
Her photo shoot went great and I am excited to get started on her baptism invitations. Temple Square was pretty crowded with tourists and Hailey got a lot of attention as we shot pictures. So many people followed us around and kept telling us how beautiful she is and how much they loved her dress. I asked her at one point if she felt embarrassed and she said (very nonchalantly) "No, not really." Shrug. Everyone said she looked like a mini-bride and I think so too! By the way, she picked out this necklace last weekend when she got her ears pierced. It actually came with matching gorgeous earrings and she will be able to wear them for her baptism, but for now she still has to keep in her original piercing earrings for five more weeks.