Friday, October 14, 2011

Families are Forever

This is a series I am doing for the month of October. If you are new, you can start HERE.
Thoughts on Joy:
Today Specs and I decided to putter around the cemetery after his speech therapy. It was kind of an overcast morning but for the first time in several days it wasn't raining. I've been wanting to go back in the daylight since we did the lantern tour so that I could see some of the graves better. I've been to it before but after the tour I wanted to go see the things that were pointed out to us.

I've always liked cemeteries. I like being surrounded by the grass and marble and cedar trees. It's peaceful.The leaves are starting to turn on some of the other trees as well so it was a glorious morning.  Sometimes I like to think about what a party it's going to be on resurrection morning.

The saddest graves though are the ones of babies, children and young people.
I was thinking about the men who lost their wives at such young ages (I saw graves of wives aged 16, 17 and 20) and the parents who lost babies and children. It made me sad for them. It must have been hard to live then. Simpler in so many ways, but harder in a lot of ways too.

Then I started thinking of my own family and my loved ones who've died. My grandpa died when I was a freshman in college. I still miss him. My grandma died just a couple of years ago. I miss her too. My husband had a sister die when he was four and she was three. I'm looking forward to meeting her someday. And I can't wait to visit with my other grandma and compare notes about raising all boys (she raised three).

Knowing that my family can be together forever and that death isn't "goodbye", it's just "see you later" is so comforting.
The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. (The Family: A Proclamation to the World)

My greatest joys in life center around my family and the gospel of Jesus Christ. I'm so grateful for His atoning sacrifice and for the promise of a resurrection. It's an amazingly joyful thing to contemplate.
Today I Found Joy in My Journey:
--Spending time with Specs in the cemetery
--A delicious homemade dinner (I attempted Indian food: honey curried chicken and naan).
--Super fun packages in the mail!
--Reading about my new nephew on my sister-in-law's blog and getting to see pictures of him.
--A library date with my little man.

 What brought you joy today?
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