Mar 25, 2013
|Feelings about visa delays. :)|
The Lord is the in the details of our lives though. I received confirmation of this yet again after Lexie called. I make a conference quote calendar every six months with quotes from the current conference. The quote for today, that was chosen long before I knew when or where she would be serving, was this- "The Lord's delays often seem long; some last a lifetime. But they are always calculated to bless. They need never be times of loneliness or sorrow or impatience." -Pres. Eyring
I am sure that this delay will bless Lexie's life. It is also a little blessing that her other cousin going to Australia goes into the MTC on Wednesday, so perhaps these three cousins can have a little reunion there before they leave.
Mar 19, 2013
This was such a great experience for me. Not only did I get to spend a lot of one on one time with my daughter, especially when driving to Manti, but the sacrifice of time to get to these temples that were more than a few minutes away, made the experience seem even more sacred to me. Sometimes I feel like I don't appreciate the temple enough because I can be there is just over 10 minutes. When we had to plan and adjust our schedules to go to these temples, I found myself focusing more on what a blessing it is to go. Tony joined us at three of the temples, and we made it an extended family excursion to the Brigham City temple with a trip to Maddox afterwards.
It was so fun to see all the different temples. I love all the beautiful chandeliers! I think my favorite chandelier is found in the Oquirrh Mountain temple though. The temples are all exquisitely beautiful and so serene, but yet each was unique in one way or another. Some are full of pioneer history, others are new construction. It was such a rewarding experience just to see them, but that only scratches the surface of the blessings. I have felt peace in my life that I haven't felt before, I have learned more about the temple and it's blessings. Now the goal is to continue the attitude of reverence for the temple throughout the year so I can continue to have these blessings in my life. And who knows, maybe I will drag Tony to the other temples in Utah this year so that I can go to all of them in one year.
Mar 15, 2013
The last month is pretty much a blur in my mind. Getting ready to send Alexis off Wednesday, added onto all the normal things we do around here, makes for blurs. Truly though this has been a wonderful experience, and although I am sad that I won't see her for 18 months, I have felt and still feel an overwhelming sense of peace that she is exactly where she needs to be.
The last few days with Alexis were wonderful and emotionally draining, I feel a bone deep exhaustion. Her farewell was Sunday, we had an I love Lexie Family Home Evening and did most of her packing (not fun), Tuesday we did family pictures and she and her cousin were set apart, then Wednesday we took her to the MTC. We are missing her already, but would never want her to be anywhere else. I am grateful for a loving Heavenly Father that helps us do hard things, and even some how helps us to be happy while we are doing them. I am also grateful that He allows us to love so deeply that we do miss our loved ones while we are temporarily separated. In the mean time I can't wait to get that first letter to find out how she is handling the MTC ( yes, I miss the instant gratification of texting!) and surviving the food that she says she won't be eating (she said, Mom I have helped fix that food-there is no way I am eating it). I know she is in good hands, the BEST actually.
|The three "Australians" on Sunday|
|Sister Benjamin and her grandparents on Tuesday night|