I don't remember what was said, but when I look at this picture, I can still hear the laughter coming from this sweet lady! Makes me want to laugh along with her. Most the time she does get whomever she's with to join in. Two words I would use to describe her; carefree and joyful.
It's been a privilege having Josie and her family as neighbors for almost a year now. Not just because I have a very highly qualified babysitter so close, but also the random drop-ins just to say "Hi", or tell a story with great animation of something that happened during her day. My daughter is usually the first to spot Josie popping through the opening in the shrubs that run between our houses. She'll announce Josie's arrival with her tiny voice clearly singing out, "Josie!!" Seconds later Josie makes her grand entrance and I just love it.
Josie was the first non-family member I trusted with my son when he was born. They adored each other. And now my daughter does too.
I know when she takes off for college next fall, her presence will be missed by the two neighbor kids next door; as well as their parents.
She has been so fun to watch grow up over the years.
She takes on new opportunities and challenges with joy, eagerness, and optimism.
I've watched her succeed and I've watched her come up short; in either ending, I've seen grace.
You are a delight to those around you. Don't lose your joy; its infectious and a rare gift to the world.
The McArthur's are cheering you on...
...and will be eager to have you back on college breaks!
Although I'm new to the family I've gotten to know this remarkable girl through posts of family and friends. Josie you are so awesome, can't wait to see how you evolve over the next year and into the future!
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