Sunday, May 24, 2009
Happy Birthday Grandma
Today we celebrate my mother's 82nd birthday. How fortunate we are to have her in our lives. She is a pillar of strength and faith. This journey we are on is made so much easier because of her great love and guiding influence in all of our lives. We are so thankful for her this day.
Mike slept so much better last night - nearly 5 hours. He was up and ready to go to church this morning. I thought we might only be able to be there for the first hour, but of course we were there for all of the meetings. It was so joyous for Mike and I to see some of our friends who have blessed us with so much service.
Mike is again enjoying sleeping on the patio with the sound of flowing water. We were able to get our fountain up and running yesterday. Our back yard is so beautiful with the new tree growth, the beautiful flowers and the green, green grass. I believe that this is a time for us to enjoy many of God's creations and understand the "awakening" of nature.
The phone just rang and our dear, dear, friend and leader, Elder Marlin K. Jensen was on the other end of the phone. Seems Nan, who is in Illinois at the Mormon Historical Society meetings talked to him and told him about Mike's illness. Elder Jensen has always been one of our favorite people on earth. He was such a strength and support to Mike when Mike lead our stake. His words of encouragement and hope gave both of us a little extra comfort today. He told us that Mike's name would be placed in the Salt Lake Temple on Thursday when the First Presidency and the Apostles meet. We are so humbled by this kind, kind gesture. Again, we know of God's great love for us. We know there is a plan and this struggle is part of it. Through our continued faith and prayers this too will pass.
Hannah made an interesting point a few days ago when she said: In the scriptures it says ..."and it came to pass," not "and it came to stay."