I've thought a lot about what I would write on this post.
How do you sum up a year like 2013? We had our 4th baby, moved, Ez was called as Bishop of our church, Ez was in the doctorate program and graduated, and Elise was diagnosed with autism. Words like joy, relief, stress, love, overwhelmed, grief, sadness, and more stress stand out.
The one word that stands out the most though is:
Gratitude for my loving Heavenly Father who is so kind and good to us.
Gratitude for the Atonement! Because of it there is hope and hope is the anchor that keeps me grounded. Because of it there is an indescribable comfort that our Savior gives because He has been there.
Gratitude for the resurrection. Elder Holland's closing words in Oct 2013 conference sum up my feelings. "I bear witness of that day when loved ones whom we knew to have disabilities in mortality will stand before us glorified and grand, breathtakingly perfect in body and mind. What a thrilling moment that will be! I do not know whether we will be happier for ourselves that we have witnessed such a miracle or happier for them that they are fully perfect and finally “free at last.”
Gratitude for trials. It's a long, hard process to get to the point of being grateful for trials. Months ago I couldn't say this. I've learned so much that I can't help but not feel grateful. God's tender mercies and blessings are all around. He is there and so mindful of us.
So many people ask me how I do it.
How I live being a Bishop's wife, with 4 kids-one being disabled? Lots of time I ask myself the same question. I think for the most part I've been just trying to survive the year but I know God's grace is real.
This blog has been the biggest blessing and I know it's mostly been for me. It has helped me "see" with clearer eyes the good around me. It has helped me reflect on my blessings. I have been taught by the Spirit during the quiet hours at night as I reflect on the day.
There is a balm of Gilead. I know that amid any circumstance we can find gratitude. By writing I have been blessed to feel this overwhelming feeling of gratitude.
I am grateful for my blog :)
I LOVE being a mom to my 5 kids; one with special needs. There is no greater joy than being a parent! I love each one individually but this blog will mostly focus on our daughter with special needs and our journey with her. Thanks for reading!