Wow. Our weekend was not at all what we planned. Doug and I intended to get to a movie but life kept getting in the way, reminding us that, in the "big picture"/perspective, a movie simply didn't matter. We got a text on Thursday evening that we were having a family counsel meeting with all of Doug's siblings and his mom on Saturday evening. We knew that we were going to be discussing the future regarding his mom and step-father, who'd fallen and ended up having a complete hip replacement a few days before.
The meeting lasted almost three hours. I sat, saying absolutely nothing through the entire nearly three hour long meeting, in awe of Doug's family. We've been married for almost thirty-seven years and I am still amazed by them all. We discussed life and death, finances, personal matters and not once, in that three hours did I feel any defensiveness, selfishness, greed or animosity. All that mattered was Mom's happiness and well-being, that Gene is being cared for, that they are taken care of. Doug's siblings are not very vocal about things, but their love and support of each other just leaves me in awe. It amazes me when I think of the relationship I have with my own brother and how polar opposite it is. Doug truly comes from an amazing family.
Little did we know when we parted Saturday evening, that on Sunday, the doctor would tell the family that Gene is, about Doug puts it, "about to graduate". We had Zaylee here for the weekend, which demanded time and attention. AND. It was a very special Sunday for Grace, as she received her patriarchal blessing. So, our focus was definitely at home, but Gene was in our thoughts and prayers throughout the day. Time will tell, but this week, in the middle of celebrating Liza and Aylabelle's homecoming, looks to be filled with some unexpected events and happenings, as well. Can you say "rollercoaster"?
Grace's blessing experience was sweet and tender. She beamed all day long. It was personal and I won't share any details, but I will say that she is one special little lady. Her name fits her perfectly. Love her so!
Connie came for dinner bearing her delicious chocolate cupcakes! Happiness! She's already quite busy being the new Relief Society President, but she's still makes time to be part of our family. I wanted to comment on Connie's comment as Relief Society began yesterday. She touched my heart, thanking the old outgoing Relief Society Presidency and acknowleging that there will be changes because "each captain leads their ship in a different way, but we all recognize that the real captain is our Savior." Perfect way of seeing "the big picture".
Wow. I don't even know what more to say. Life is short. Hug your loved ones. Plan and be prepared. Love your family. Focus on what really matters. Don't sweat the small stuff. It all has crossed my mind this weekend.
Life is good. And even better when we understand the plan of salvation and what matters most. Enough said.