My husband and I are told with a certain consistency how cute/adorable/beautiful our daughter is. And we agree with them - but we are horribly bias in the matter. I mean, she is 1/2 our DNA each, so we have a self-interest in the matter. But the thing is, we know that physical beauty fades. We all age. Accidents and scars happen. Being cute/adorable/beautiful isn't what matters.
The beauty that we are attempting to foster - spiritual beauty. We wouldn't care if our kid was the most unfortunate looking individual on the planet as long as she is nice, honest, caring and God-loving. Besides being one of the most trusting and sassy little girls I know, she is very loving. She will give hugs and/or kisses to just about anyone who asks for one - but only if she wants to. She is sassy! High fives are almost a given. Waves, smiles, and giggles flow freely. She is the kind of kid that everyone wants and we are so blessed to call her ours. We started praying with her from the time she was born. At 16 months old she can already make the sign of the cross (well it is more of a face-palm followed by 3 chest pounds, but it is better than many her age can do), she knows when to bow in mass, and she has figured out the rhythm of when to stand and when to kneel during the stations of the cross (although this just seems to be a great excuse to play pew peek-a-boo with whatever unsuspecting individual decides to sit behind us - which is one of her favorite things about mass) Our hope and prayer is that she continues to grow to be such a great little person on the inside - because that beauty can grow and blossom into the type of person that everyone wants to be around. Physical beauty fades - a loving nature is forever.