That made my heart melt. I hope I will always be her friend and someone she truly enjoys being with.
Jalen has had a rough time with our transition to 8:00 church. Usually, the kids get to bed later on the weekends so to be up and ready in our Sunday best by 7:45 while Alan is at meetings is a challenge! After much prodding and persuading one morning, I finally had Jalen out of bed and dressed but it wasn't easy! He kept falling back in bed, or crying and whining telling me how tired he was and he just couldn't get ready. He just couldn't do it! Here's part of our conversation:
"Mom, I just don't want to go to church! Why do we have to go to church? I'm just too tired!"
"I'm sorry you're tired. I'm tired, too. But we still need to go."
"But why can't we be like our neighbors and just not go to church?"
"We just can't. Our family goes to church. That's what Heavenly Father has asked us to do."
"Well, I dont want to go. I'm just too tired to be a Mormon!!"
It took everything in me to not laugh out loud.
I love Jalen's outlook and perspective about life. He always has a way to make us laugh. In reality, he is right on...being a Mormon sometimes is exhausting and the easier way would be to not do the many things we do. But of course, I wouldn't have it any other way. The blessings are worth all the sacrifice and work, even the early Sunday mornings getting up for church!
Motherhood experiences and memories, good or bad...priceless.
With the passing of two family members, I have experienced overwhelming feelings of gratitude for the knowledge I have of the Gospel plan...knowing there is a plan and purpose for each of us that includes life after this one. Knowing we can be with our families forever someday. For me, there is nothing of greater value than this.
My sister, Natalie, posted this statement below from Debra's funeral. It fits pefectly with my thoughts so I had to include it here. (Thanks Nat!)