Monday, August 23, 2010

True hearts

I love writing my thoughts down on my computer while I'm in bed 
with my windows wide open- especially on these hot summer nights in Provo.
 I love it even more when it is windy, and I can hear the chimes 
hanging under our front yard apple tree.
But tonight was the ultimate because it rained while the wind blew. 
 I remembered our recent family Back to School Feast
because it was wonderful.
I was so thankful for my dear friend, Justin Hackworth, for coming
to the Briar House to snap a few photos of the evening.
I will write about it tomorrow and reveal our newest Family Theme.
 I will also show you the gifts Mr. Nielson and I presented to the Nies
as we prepare to kick off this new school year. 
 My ankles are the size of softballs, and I need to rest my weary bones down. 
It's odd to think that three years ago, I was going strong  
making three square meals every day, packing lunches and snacks, changing diapers,
grocery shopping, driving, teaching yoga, working at a studio in downtown Mesa
teaching yoga and an art class,
and doing all the good homemaking things I enjoy doing.
And life was so enjoyable, and my body could accomplish just about anything I wanted.
Then I was in a hospital unresponsive two years ago and in a coma. 
I had no idea what I had ahead of me, and my family didn't think I'd pull through. 
One year ago, I was weak and tired and could barely get dressed. 
 Showers were difficult, sleeping was worse, and I was so depressed.
 I hardly had the energy to finish the day. Now I am two years out and stronger every day.
I should never underestimate the power of prayer; 
anything is possible with a true heart, faith, and the Savior. 

*I need to remember this when I am 
getting up early to get my babies off to school.
(Claire going to kindergarten August '07 Arizona)
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