ZJ gave me a little info about Zaylee's story that I posted yesterday. Apparently, ZJ had just told her the story of the Princess and the Pea and also a story about ghosts in the leaves on Halloween. Apparently, Zaylee combined the two stories and shared them with me. I still don't know where the "Poop" comment came from. She's silly but so cute! I don't want to see her miserable and hurting this next few days. But, she's going to be so much better off after the surgery!
Today, I spent the day working on the wedding, doing some wedding planning with my sister-in-law, the mother of the bride and then a crazy Family Home Evening. Tonight's FHE was the kind that you hear in General Conference talks... the kind that you wonder if they got a thing out of and hope that they, at least, remember that you had it. Can you say, "Calgon, take me away!?!?"
Gracie got home just before I did today. That doesn't happen often. She called to tell me that she was home. I was almost home. I asked how her day had gone and how she was feeling. (She's fought this flu bug, on again, off again, for a week now.) Yesterday, she asked Doug for a father's blessing. Today, she answered my question with, "Mom! Dad's blessing made me all better!" Then, she continued with a shocker. "I'm so glad that I didn't die." I asked her why she would say that. She said, "I really thought I was going to, Mom. That's the sickest I've ever been, even when I had my surgery." I was stunned. I had no clue that she'd been feeling that ill and evenmore, that worried! I felt awful that I'd not been more in tune or attentive to that concern, as well as her achey tummy. Next time.
Tonight, during Family Home Evening, the very wild conversation turned to a direction not intended. Another family who are on vacation currently was discussed... the fact that they are on a very big vacation, they have a very lavish lifestyle and as ZJ put it, "They are filthy rich!" (Where'd she learn that phrase?) One of the girls asked, "Why are theyso lucky?" I, being snarky and sarcastic, said, "Yeh, they are sooooo lucky." Quayd then piped in with his two cents, "Oh yeh? Well, we are lucky too!! We're lucky. See!" and he pointed to a family photo of us standing near the temple. He continued, "And SEE!!", as he pointed to our large family photo in the entry. "We're really lucky!" Family Home Evening redeemed by the 14 year old man. I heart him.
ZJ has been begging me for sewing lessons. I work "fire to fire". The wedding, Zaylee, the house, laundry, life, the funeral, my Relief Society lesson, Halloween, the shower, the Witches Brew, canning,the wedding, Zaylee's surgery, tomorrow's Young Women in Excellence project for Gracie to be finished, the apron we had to sew, my next lesson and some other seriously stressful worries. Tonight, she asked, "Mom, do you think that after Christmas you'll have time to teach me to sew?" GUILT. BAD MOMMY. I'll be making time to work on that sewing project with her sooner than later.
Today, I was studying my next Relief Society lesson while waiting for someone. It's President Uchtdorf's analogy on "forget-me-not" flowers. I carry a copy of my upcoming lesson in my planner for those short minutes in between fires. I was able to read through the entire lesson and make a couple notes. I had no idea that tonight, after a stressful few hours with buzzed childrens, a discussion of Christmas wants and needs followed by a discussion of finances with Doug, feeling overwhelmed a bit by life, in general, that small reminder from President Uchtdorf was a tender mercy for me, indeed. I was reminded of what really matters and that "it's all good".
It's that time of the year. We are not even full speed ahead into the holidays. Life is crazy and wild. Crazy and wild are going to happen. But, we need to remember to be compassionate and patient with ourselves. So, tonight, I quote President Uchtdorf and share one of the best "gratitude" quotes ever and a great reminder to do so ". This most wise counsel saved my day. Enough said.
Be thankful for the small successes in your home, your family relationships, your education and livelihood, your Church participation and personal improvement. Like forget-me-nots, these successes may seem tiny to you and they may go unnoticed by others, but God notices them and they are not small to Him. If you consider success to be only the most perfect rose or dazzling orchid, you may miss some of life's sweetest experiences.