Just some snapshots of the kids:)
Sunday, September 20, 2015
Michelle…..A.K.A., Sister DuBois
I’ve been thinking about you a lot lately. And thinking about when I met you, how long I’ve known you…etc. I’m realizing that you have been a significant part of my life in many pivotal times of my life! ….and I’m so grateful! High school years….high school boys, college….again…college boys, marriage, babies, moving, my brothers death, my mothers death, my dads new wife and their marriage, my new step family…and always a shoulder to cry on… when boys broke my heart or when death rocked my world, a reliable friend to talk to… when my hubby leaves out of town and I’m alone with a new baby, and a voice of reason …to always remind me of the blessings the gospel brings and the eternal perspective!
I love talking with you…..just love it. Seems I can share almost anything with you, and you eat it up, and we discover new things about it together, and then you can just spit out another story of something similar to share empathy….always. What experiences you have had in this life! And what great recollection you have and the ability to wrap it all up in a beautiful package of hope, understanding, and eternal principles. I think that’s why people are drawn to you; I know that’s part of why I am. – And why you’re such an amazing teacher!
I’ve always wished I lived closer to you, and got to see you more! But it’s wonderful when I do get to see you, we can pick up right then and there in the now.
You make people feel special, and loved. And only special lovely, and selfless people can do that, and you are all those things. I guess I’m just so grateful that you decided to come to Boise, ID to teach seminary. To come into my and my family’s lives…..what a blessing you are!
I love you, and send you many tight squeezes, and lots of smiley faces J JJ, because you’re not fully dressed without a smile.
Thinking of you
P.S. Me and the hubby were reading last night from the Talk “The Lord Is My Light” by Quentin L. Cook from last conference. It talks about the atonement and its far reaching grasp for any hardship. I know that’s when I gained my testimony of the Atonement- not so much for the repentance process (though Ive use it there plenty!) but more for comfort during some REALLY yucky times in my life.
It also talks about sunflowers……my favorite! We have giant ones in our garden right now!!! (have I told you how much I LOVE gardening!!!!...The best…anyway)…..and its funny because I wanted to bring some to you….they say happy, hopeful, shinning to me…and it just seemed fitting to bring some to your shinning face…….and then we read this talk and what he says about them is just perfection!!!!!
Anyway, here’s some of my favorite parts from it…..just in case you need a little pick me upJ
His magnificent atoning sacrifice is of transcendent significance beyond mortal comprehension. This act of grace provides the peace that surpasses understanding.3
How, then, do we deal with the harsh realities that surround us?
My wife, Mary, has always loved sunflowers. She rejoices when they, in quite improbable places, appear on the roadside. There is a dirt road that leads to the home where my grandparents lived. When we started down that road, Mary would often exclaim, “Do you think we will see those amazing sunflowers today?” We were surprised that sunflowers flourish in soil which has been impacted by farm and snow removal equipment and the accumulation of materials that would not be considered ideal soil for wildflowers to grow.
One of the remarkable characteristics of young wild sunflowers, in addition to growing in soil that is not hospitable, is how the young flower bud follows the sun across the sky. In doing so, it receives life-sustaining energy before bursting forth in its glorious yellow color.
Like the young sunflower, when we follow the Savior of the world, the Son of God, we flourish and become glorious despite the many terrible circumstances that surround us. He truly is our light and life.
If the grim realities you are facing at this time seem dark and heavy and almost unbearable, remember that in the soul-wrenching darkness of Gethsemane and the incomprehensible torture and pain of Calvary, the Savior accomplished the Atonement, which resolves the most terrible burdens that can occur in this life. He did it for you, and He did it for me. He did it because He loves us and because He obeys and loves His Father. We will be rescued from death—even from the depths of the sea.
Our protections in this life and for eternity will be in individual and family righteousness, Church ordinances, and following the Savior. This is our refuge from the storm. For those who feel they are alone, you can stand resolutely in righteousness knowing that the Atonement will protect and bless you beyond your ability to fully understand.
We should remember the Savior, keep our covenants, and follow the Son of God as the young sunflower follows the sunshine. Following His light and example will bring us joy, happiness, and peace. As Psalm 27 and a favorite hymn both proclaim, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”26
I get tears in my eyes every time I read it!!!
And I wanted to share a quote from Shawn that I love too:
“I can only hope and know that some how, this stuff that digs so deep within us can then allow for more joy and peace to fill up in its place and then, and only then, make it capable to enlarge our capacity to find greater amounts of love and happiness in our present existence and in the future.” ( and I like to add……and in the eternities.)
- Shawn Marti
Other happenings Labor Day Weekend!
Watched the game with Alex and Wendy, Played with Frogley Cousins, Celebrated Becky's Birthday, Got to be there for Samantha and Vance's Blessings!
September was busy:
BSU vs BYU
Taya loved Fall Soccer
80's Party with the Fish's
Emmett's First Day of preschool
Saying Goodbye to my ward and YW's!!!!
Hello to my new ward….the 25th Ward….and my new calling…..YW President!!!!!!!!YIKES!!!!!
Lunch with my Collette Ladies
Wyatt's FIRST haircut!:)