Saturday, March 30, 2013

A Time for Miracles

Tatum Update:  Don't get excited by the title, Tatum is not cured!  Miracles come in different sizes and sometimes we have to really look for them and I will cover that after the health update.  Tatum has had two really good days.  She has been fairly calm, seizure wise and she has had a lot less secretions  I think I only suctioned her twice yesterday and once today!  She also slept until 7 am this morning (miracle #1).

I feel like a new woman after several hours of sleep.  I could probably have run a marathon today, but instead we did an Easter Egg hunt and cleaned the house and went to the Young Women Broadcast in Salt Lake with my girls.  It has been a great day.  We were able to clean up the yard a little (miracle #2), clean the house a little (miracle #3) and then we had the cousins come over for an Easter Egg hunt (miracle #4). When I was buying the candy to fill the eggs, I didn't remember until about half way through that we have 3 little cousins that are allergic to peanuts and one is also allergic to eggs.  I accidentally only bought peanut free items (miracle #5).  We had so much fun visiting and Tatum tolerated everything really well.  Lance brought her out on the back porch swing so they could both watch the kids hunt for eggs (miracle #6)  The weather was gorgeous (miracle #7)  After everyone left I was sitting with Tatum and I was thinking about the Young Women Broadcast and I really wanted to go to Salt Lake with my girls.  I was really nervous to leave Tates for that long.  Not that I didn't trust Lance, I didn't trust Tatum!  I was just worried that she would have a breathing episode.  The more I thought about it the more I was convinced that I should go.   We talked about it and after Lance shot down my idea of sneaking Tatum in to the Conference Center, I decided that i should go.  Heidi brought her friend and we all went to meet Halea's friends and two of their mom's.  We all loaded into the BMW (big mormon wagon:) or the swaggin' wagon as we affectionately call it.  It was great fun.  I was a little nervous to be far away, but I was so glad that we got to go.  There are always blessings to be had when you are in the places that you should be (miracle #8)  The talks were amazing, and the spirit was so strong there.  There is certainly something about being there hearing the music and feeling the tangible spirit.  I felt so uplifted and renewed as we left.  I love the sweet YW General President and her counselors, and of course President Monson and his counselors are amazing.   I called Lance when we got out and he said that Tatum did great.  We made it back to Lehi and went to dinner.  What a fantastic way to end a rather fabulous day surrounded by good family and friends and celebrating this beautiful Easter season.

When we got home tonight I was able to make roll dough for tomorrow (miracle #9).  I know that there is no explanation for today's events except that Heaven shined down on us.  I am so grateful for the goodness in my life.  I know that if we choose to see the joy around us we will find it.  I am lucky that for most of my life I have possessed the gift of being able to see the positive things around me.  During times like these it is imperative for survival to be able to choose the joy, or the despair will gobble you up and leave you crushed. My spirit can triumph over this heartache, this I know is true because of the empowering gift of the Atonement.  Easter truly is a time of Miracles, big and small.

Tatum and Dad on the porch swing
 Tatum, excited for her Easter Basket and new Easter outfit.
Hilary, grumpy about something.
Cute sisters.
Lucky mom with two beautiful daughters!

1 comment:

  1. I am glad your girls had you there to spend that time with them. You are a way better mom than me! My YW still hasn't even watched the broadcast, let alone going in person, so now I really need to sit down and watch it with her.

    Also, your post made me think of this C.S. Lewis quote - “Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see.” It is so true how many miracles there are all around us all the time. Somehow, we mortals came to expect only the biggest and grandest in life to call it a miracle. And in those demands, we neglect to see the biggest and grandest of all miracles - the miracle to which each and every other miracle we have testifies. Like what Moses 6:63 says, "And behold, all things have their likeness, and all things are created and made to bear record of me, both things which are temporal, and things which are spiritual; things which are in the heavens above, and things which are on the earth, and things which are in the earth, and things which are under the earth, both above and beneath: all things bear record of me."

    It's so good to have the perspective you do!