Monday, November 19, 2018

And then there were four.

We're dropping like flies over here in the Harlow House.
First Charlotte got a cough followed by runny eyes and earache.
 Nicholas woke up on Friday and complained about a sore throat.
Next thing I know, Oliver is sleeping all day with a high fever.
It's that time of year.
I've been loading the Little Nies up with immune boosters and vitamin C.
I'm hoping to keep any more sickness from creeping into the rest of us.
Yesterday at church a sister in our congregation shared a wonderful quote
by a wonderful Church leader and Apostle, Neal A. Maxwell,
and I keep thinking about it.
 "One’s life, therefore, cannot be both faith-filled and stress-free.
 Can you and I really expect to glide naively through life, as if to say,
 “Lord, give me experience, but not grief, not sorrow, not pain,
 not opposition, not betrayal, and certainly not to be forsaken.
 Keep from me, Lord, all those experiences which made
 Thee what Thou art! Then let me come and dwell 
with Thee and fully share Thy joy!”

It has made me ponder about my trials and tribulations
and how I look at them.
I hope to find gratitude in every single life experience even-
and maybe especially, the hard ones.
Not just gratitude, but a change of heart too.
This time of year is a good time to share our gratitude for
everything we have been so generously given
both the good and the bad, and the joy and the pain.

Tonight for Family Night, I am going to have the Little Nies write
down everything they are thankful for in 60 seconds.
Then we will discuss.
Ever since the accident good health is always near the top of my list.
I am sooooo grateful for a healthy body that has been through soooo
much, but functions and performs beautifully.

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