I love these kids of mine so much! Some days are hard and I am exhausted but they are SUCH good kids. Don't get me wrong... sometimes they fight, quirl, are whiny, etc but they really are so well behaved. Each night I pray for each one of them individually and just thank Heavenly Father that I can be their mom. I hope I am doing an ok job as their mother. I love them so much and can't wait to see what they accomplish in their lives.
Lately I have felt so overwhelmed and discouraged with all the wickedness going on in the world. There has been shootings, bombings, protests, and many more things that make me scared to raise kids during such a wicked time. The other morning I went out on a run and just poured my heart out in prayer. I had this overwhelming feeling of peace come over me and I had the thoughts to look for all the good in the world and stop focusing on all the bad. That feeling really influenced me to not only look for the good but be a part of the good in my every day life. I wanted to be better at being a missionary, looking for opportunities to serve, and teaching my children every opportunity I was given. As I went throughout my week I noticed so much good around me.
A kind young man offered to help me unload my groceries as he noticed me struggling to get my kids to the car. A friend offered to watch my kids so I could work on a house project I needed to get done. Tammy Lee came up to me and said, "Mommy, did you know that Jesus died for us so that we could be saved?" I said yes, I did know that. I asked her where she learned that and she told me her primary teachers taught her. As Savannah was saying her bed time prayers she thanked Heavenly Father that she had a home, a bed, and water that was clean.
All these instances are moments I may have overlooked if I hadn't had that sweet feeling to look for the good instead of worrying about the bad.
I am so thankful for my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. They bring me so much peace, hope, and comfort during this time in my life.
Update on the kids:
Savannah enjoys playing with friends, being competitive, "babysitting" Hudson, and barbies. She is the sweetest sister and is SO helpful. She really takes her roll as a big sister very seriously. She is also my entrepreneur. She is very motivated to work hard to earn stickers so that she can get surprise. We signed her up for soccer this fall and I look forward to watching her play!
Tammy Lee is so excited to start preschool this fall. She is as sweet as can be and is my sensitive little one. If her feelings are hurt a long hug and a back tickle always help her feel better. She is adored in her primary class and gets so excited to learn. She is very smart and picks up on things quickly. She melts Stephen and he can't get enough of her snuggles.
Hudson is 14 months and is at such a fun age. He isn't walking yet but gets around just fine crawling. He LOVES playing with sand and making a huge mess every time he eats. He is an amazing sleeper now and sleeps through the night and takes awesome naps. We are having so much fun watching him grow.