Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Waiting

While we're still in the waiting phase of our adoption process (waiting to be chosen) we're making the most of it.

Nathan is enamored with babies lately. He is going to be such a good brother one day! We all have been praying so hard that Baby will join us soon.




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Arms Will Be Full

This past weekend was a worldwide conference for my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon). It was GREAT!

This conference happens twice a year and Gavin and I both look forward to it each time! We have family traditions surrounding these conferences to make it an extra special event.

our speaker board!

There are always so many insights and inspirations I take away from the conference. I wanted to share one of the many that pierced my heart.

Elder Packer gave a talk called The Witness. In it he shared these words:

"Parenthood is a sacred privilege, and depending upon faithfulness, it can be an eternal blessing. The ultimate end of all activity in the Church is that a man and his wife and their children can be happy at home. 

Those who do not marry or those who cannot have children are not excluded from the eternal blessings they seek but which, for now, remain beyond their reach. We do not always know how or when blessings will present themselves, but the promise of eternal increase will not be denied any faithful individual who makes and keeps sacred covenants.


Your secret yearnings and tearful pleadings will touch the heart of both the Father and the Son. You will be given a personal assurance from Them that your life will be full and that no blessing that is essential will be lost to you.
As a servant of the Lord, acting in the office to which I have been ordained, I give those in such circumstances a promise that there will be nothing essential to your salvation and exaltation that shall not in due time rest upon you. Arms now empty will be filled, and hearts now hurting from broken dreams and yearning will be healed.


Friends, those words pierced my soul and gave me such great joy!

Though my arms have already been filled with Nathan, I still have so many yearnings for more children to be added to our family. I know I'm not alone. I have so many friends who are pleading to God for the same blessings. I wept tears of joy when I heard Elder Packer say these words!

God has a plan for each of us. I know that. I know that His plan turns out to be better than my own. I know that our family right now is a beautiful one that I'm so grateful to be a part of as a Mother. But I also know that wanting more children is also a beautiful desire that, in God's time, will be granted to us.

We have been praying so hard for our Baby Holt lately. Hopefully they will come to us soon, but if not we will keep praying in faith!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

God Trusts You

Challenges come to all of us and they can be really tough. Lately we've been really focused as a family for praying for our next little one. I saw this quote from Elder Bednar (gotta love him!) today and it hit home.

Maybe God trusts us with challenges because He trusts us to make the right decisions when facing the tough times. He trusts us to turn to Him and have faith.

Right now all Nathan seems to talk about is being a Big Brother. It breaks my heart to see him suffering some of the same feelings that Gavin and I have. I wish I could make that wish of his come true easily. But our reality is that I can't. Major bummer. So with faith as a family we're praying for our little one extra hard lately!

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