Liliana (Lily) Crystal Newcom
Lily is her new name. She was the first child to take on a new name. Lillian was the name of Ryan’s paternal grandmother. We changed it slightly to be Liliana which means Purity and Beauty. She started the school year off as Lily so everyone at school only knows her as that. Crystal is her birth given middle name.
One day I called her “Lily-bug” playing off of “ladybug”. Somehow the name stuck. Sometimes we call her simply “Bug”. But the boys aren’t allowed to call her Lily-bug or Bug. Only Dad, Arianna, X, and myself.
At 8 years old, Lily is in third grade. Even though she isn’t the youngest of our family, she is the smallest. Though she be small, she be mighty!
Lily has the most precious smile and laugh that I am head over heals for. It’s just hard to see it on most days. I’ll never forget when her teacher told me several months into the school year, “I finally heard her laugh!”
The psychological report done stated that Lily’s fine motor skills is that of a 13 year old. That said, she loves to color, do crafts, make bracelets, and has the neatest handwriting I’ve ever seen in an 8 year old.
She loves all thing “baby.” She gets excited to see baby animals, baby bottles, baby blankets, tiny toys, or tiny anything really! A tiny grape in the bunch of big grapes….she’ll find that little grape and carry it around all day calling it her baby. She definitely is a nurturer at heart. One of her favorite things to do with her baby dolls is dress the same. She has a couple pairs of matching pajamas with her doll and loves them!
Lily is very smart. Currently – as in right this very moment – she has the highest grades of all 7 kids. That’s always fluctuating since the semester is coming to an end though, but I love her heart and determination. She is my child who will voluntarily sit at the table and do workbooks when she is bored!
She is the pickiest of all picky eaters. She will choose to go hungry before she will try something new. Currently, she is eating gluten free because she was constantly complaining about stomach aches after she ate regular food. It’s been a couple of weeks and I’ve only heard about a stomach ache once or twice since. We’ll see….Gluten free x 3 (sometimes x 4 because X likes to jump on the bandwagon ever now and then) is pricey.
I have a scripture that I am praying over Lily’s life: “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” James 1:19. One day I know she will have victory in this area but in the mean time, we have lots of conversations about taming the tongue. The past 6 years have done some damage.
God has amazing plans for this child.
And, oh, how I love having another little girl! It makes watching X grow up so fast not as painful…