I found this article today in the midst of feeling a little sorry myself, a little uncertain of my role, a little bit at a standstill in my progression as a person. I thought I would share it for any other mother in the same position and so that I can remember and look back on it when I forget again.
Ada is 4 as of yesterday and I just want to wish her a very happy birthday!! She was such a proud little birthday girl. Every time the phone rang she would say "It's probably someone calling to say happy birthday." And most of the time she was right!! She also wore a lovely little "Birthday Girl" ribbon to display her pleasure at having her own day. She is so good and so much fun. As she stood and listened to us sing happy birthday to her, I could see the satisfaction and contentment in her face. She knows she's loved and that brought so much peace to me. I hope my children always know how much they're loved. That's what I hope this birthday thing is all about for us - LOVE! Happy Birthday Ada... the sweetest 4 year old in the world :)
Well as you can see from my sidebar, I read Nie Nie. Today she had a post about the things she is grateful for since it is the American Thanksgiving coming up. So I decided to put up a few things I am thankful for in order to lift my spirits, overlook the bad, and show gratitude for all the wonderful blessings we have. 1. I am thankful for a Heavenly Father I can pray to and for this amazing plan of happiness He prepared so I'll be just that...happy. 2. I am thankful for Jesus Christ and that He suffered and died for me, but that He was also resurrected. To know that one day, because of Him, I will be resurrected and have the opportunity to live with my family forever. 3. I am thankful for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, for a living prophet President Thomas S. Monson and for my congregation right here in Saint John...for the good friends I have there.
4. I am thankful for my amazing family. Not one of us is perfect, but we all love each other and stand by each other through the roughest of times.
5. I am thankful for Jason and how every morning he gets up early to head off to work for 7am. He loves me and all my emotions and psychoness! Well, he probably doesn't love those but he sees the real ME through them all :) He is a steady and devoted man. I am thankful for the amazing father he is and for the love he gives those two little girls. I am thankful for his good example in his devotion to God.
6. I am thankful for the best two little girls in the whole wide world! Ada and Mia and their personalities and all that came in each little package. I am thankful to carry them around for nine months, cry and sweat to get them out, and then hug and kiss them everyday. They are worth everything!
7. I am thankful to live in "Oh Canada" (as Ada would say). This place is great. I am thankful for the patriotic example of my mother and how she would cry whenever we sing "oh canada" on Remembrance Day or at church. 8. I am thankful for the power of repentance and to know that prayer and the Atonement of Jesus Christ can repair all wounds, wipe away all sin, and lift up even the darkest and lowest of souls. It is real. 9. I am thankful for good friends who like to go for walks and talk and have little children just like mine :) 10. I am thankful for music and the role that it has played in my life; for the deep emotions it has stirred with its amazing ability to reach inside my heart. I love good music and all that it has done for me and to me.
Please, if anyone is reading this, maybe you could count the blessings in your own life and even make a list of them on a blog if you have one. Let me know if you do. It's amazing what positive feelings we experience when we choose to count our blessings rather than mourn over our troubles.
Yesterday our little baby-boo turned 2 and it makes me realize how short life is as our babies get older and older everyday! As I sit here typing this, she sits on my knee and I love it when she's on my knee, looking at a book, singing, talking.... she's such a joy and so happy... I love her. Here are a few shots, both old and new, of our little darlin'.
Happy Anniversary to us.... five years has flown but so much has happened that it seems like forever. We'll be going to Romeo and Juliet at the Neptune Theater in Halifax tomorrow. I'm so grateful for all that Jay is. His steadiness and contentment for life has blessed mine greatly! I love you Jay! xoxoxo