Life is good in spite of ailments, annoyances, struggles, and a lot of work...Life is GOOD!
I have a sweet family and I am thankful today for my dear daughters and wonderful son. They never fail to put their arms around me and show me their love.
Sarah loves and encourages me over the phone lines and by Email. She tells me I am wonderful and funny and cute. (I feel the same way about her!) She is living proof that an young inexperienced mother can succeed in raising good and decent children. She is a marvelous woman and I am proud of her!
Brittany is present every day in my life. She hugs and uplifts me. She tells me I am a good mother. She tells me she couldn't get along without me. She has the great gift of being able to comfort others and be a friend. She has blessed me with this gift many times in recent months. Someday her life will take her out of my home and perhaps far away. When that day comes I will miss her. My heart will hurt.
Diana calls me while she is walking all over BYU's campus, out of breath but almost always upbeat. "Just checking in to see how your day is going!" she'll say. When she comes into my home for a visit she always comes right to me and throws her arms around me. She is such a good wife to Nick and I am very proud of her! Last night we cuddled on the couch while our menfolk played an endless game of Dr. Mario. She tried to teach me to play "Diner Dash" on her cell phone but she had to take over...too nerve wracking for me! She has grown into a lovely woman and is a positive, bright spot of joy for me!
Rachel is a delight. She has always been close to me, never wanting to be alone in the apartment or house as a small child she was my shadow. Now she spreads her loves over her cute group of friends, ever concerned for their happiness and welfare. I'll gladly share her with them because she is a joy to all she meets. Her talents are amazing and will take her far and wide in her life. She is looking forward to going away for college next fall and I will miss her!
Richard cannot enter or leave a room without telling me he loves me sincerely. He kisses my head and snuggles with me and always asks me how I slept or how my day has gone. He asks what he can do to help me and always comes through! He likes to talk about the news and the issues of the day and sounds more like his father every day. I love him dearly!
I have struggled this week to be happy. These are some stressful times we are in and our indiviual circumstances are difficult right now. The love of my children, however, always pulls me through. My family is what gets me out of bed every day. They keep me focused on what is most important in life and I am thankful for the blessing of being among them on this Earth!