Wednesday, August 20, 2008

What a beautiful world!

Today as I was hurrying through Logan to a dentist appointment my heart swelled as I took in the beauty around me. The crystal clear sky hung above me and the Wellsville mountains stood majestically to the west. The sight enticed me to slow down and drink in the divine creation before my eyes. How could I rush through each day without noticing? How ungrateful to do so!

I haven't posted here for too long, but so often I think, "I should put this on my Tender Mercies blog." Yet, here this blog sits pretty empty with those precious Tender Mercies quickly forgotten as I rush to the next thing. I don't think this is how it is suppose to be.

We went to the Twin Falls Temple open house last Saturday. I was touched by the video at the beginning of the tour. Elder Holland talked about how heaven wouldn't be heaven without the sweet associations and relationships with our family members continuing. I'm so grateful for the knowledge that I have that those things will.

My husband's 45 year old sister has terminal cancer. We went to visit her with our daughters and almost 2 year old granddaughter, Emma. She had never met Emma. She was so delighted just to watch and hold that little girl. Children are truly angels that surround us. I am so glad that we made the trip. No amount of money can replace the true joy I witnessed.

This summer I've been able to attend 3 musical performances. One with our immediate family and Grandma Jo, one with Ryan and Becky, and one with my mom, Mindy, and April. I grew up with opera music filling my home. Puccini and Verdi reigned supreme. My dad was always telling my mom to turn it down the way a parent would tell a teenager. But how I've come to love it! And my girls, too. My mom wanted us to go to the Utah Festival Opera's productions of Manon Lescaut and Aida. She hasn't been in the best health and didn't think that she could attend. I was able to convince her to go to a matinee of Manon Lescaut at the last minute. We took pictures (go see here). The music was breathtaking. The experience divine. And the company couldn't have been better. Having my mom there to enjoy it with us made it complete somehow. I was so glad that she was able to come. It will be a memory that we won't forget.

I'm so thankful for the blessings in my life. So aware of the many, many of which I'm unaware. Those that I am cognisant of are too many to list in my prayers. I know Heavenly Father hears my heart sing in thanks.