“Thank You For Loving Me…” playing from my bedroom speakers as I walked into my room after church today. I’ve had a full day of gratitude.
This morning started out with the opportunity to take part in Sacrament Meeting at the care center across the street from our ward building. It was fifth Sunday and the High Priests and Elders asked the Young Men and Young Women to take over. Only a half hour out of my day but one that brought me such a spirit of gratitude especially as I watched my daughter Jenny stand and give a little talk. When I asked her earlier in the week if she would be willing instantly she said yes and never complained. I am so grateful to her and to the relationship that we are developing.
Just before our church services started I had a temple recommend interview with Brother Wickel. I couldn’t help but feel gratitude that I was there and I was worthy and whenever I want there are temples all around for me to attend. Not everyone can so as much. When I was a little girl we had to travel from little old Genoa Illinois all the way to big Washington D.C. to be sealed as a family. Grateful for that memory and opportunity and grateful for temples that continue to be built for us to worship in.
Then in our Sacrament Meeting it was the Primary Program. Sam very seriously said his part every line perfectly memorized as typical to him. Jenny leaned over and mentioned as he stood there waiting for the rest of his class to do their lines that he was so serious and never even blinked once. Sweet little Stephanie read her lines perfectly and then she instantly turned to me to see my response which was a big thumbs up on my part rewarded by a huge smile for me on her part. Grateful Momma. Jenny and Nan sang a little part with the primary kids along with Brother and Sister Izatt and their voices sounded so sweet and made me feel as though I was sitting in Heaven itself.
Young Women’s brought about a new sister, awesome sister, to fill the place of an amazing councilor that I will forever miss. And seeing Sister Blackham’s smiling face and listening to the girls welcome her brought those amazing warm tingles from head to toe. Can you even begin to understand just how blessed I am to be surrounded by such wonderful Young Women? Gratitude doesn’t begin to cover it.
Then last but not even least I went to the stake offices to receive the last signature on my temple recommend. There I met with President Ludlow who used to be our Bishop Ludlow and had the most uplifting interview that I have perhaps ever had. He is someone who is blessed with the ability perhaps stronger than anyone that I have ever known to portray to you the Savior’s love for you. I came home high on that love and on gratitude for my Savior only to find the very last thing, though the day isn’t over yet and I am thoroughly expecting it to be a continued day of gratitude.
Plopping my bag down on the bed and running to my bathroom to relieve the potty dance that I was doing, I heard very quietly and sweetly playing on my stereo “Thank You For Loving Me,” by Bon Jovi. You see, Jason went to Sacrament Meeting with us but then had to leave after the Primary Program to fly to Nevada for work until Thursday Night and that was his little gift for me. I wish you could feel the amount of love that I feel from him. He’s not perfect, and once in a while I even think that I might strangle him, (in his defense there are certainly moments when he must feel the same toward me), but he really is the most wonderful man who loves me with a love that I think must be incomprehensible to the rest of the world. I certainly hope it isn’t, I hope you all have the great blessing of being with someone so full of love as I am.
Yes, there has been a lot for me to be grateful for today. And it isn’t even 5:00 p.m. yet. On to a family party for my sweet niece Maizy who just turned one a few days ago. See more things already to be grateful for. Look up, look around you, open your eyes. Blessings sometimes come in the most simple but the most wonderful ways.