Peace and An Early Birthday

Today's fast has been an emotional experience for me, but one that has also been accompanied by an overwhelming sense of peace.

After church today, our Elder's Quorum president and one of his counselors joined us to give each member of our family priesthood blessings. It's difficult to express the tenderness of this moment. There have been so many, many worries weighing on my heart and mind - all for my children. I have a difficult time expressing them because it just makes me cry and I don't like to cry in front of anyone. So I've kept most of them all stored up inside. It was interesting as Isaac was blessed, followed by my hubby, myself, and our other three children - that almost all of my worries were addressed. For each child, something I thought would be difficult for him or her, was brought up in his or her blessing. The wording of my blessing was truly inspired because it was so completely accurate to how I was feeling and dealing with everything. What peace and comfort it brings to know Heavenly Father knows each of us and what's in our hearts. It truly was a tender experience for our whole family.

Thank you to everyone who's been praying for our son. And thank you so much to everyone who fasted with us today. Your faith and love are greatly appreciated. There truly are not words adequate to express my deep gratitude for each of you.

Shifting gears a little, next week is our youngest daughter's 2nd birthday. Since we aren't sure what next weekend will be like, we decided to have a last minute family party today. Here are some fun pics to share with you all.

Me and My Girl!

Anna loved her Little People Carnival and Farm sets. She's getting quite the little town collection!
Another favorite was her teeny tiny baby doll. She keep giving it lots of kisses and hugs.

Anna also got some fun clothes.
She loved this shirt and immediately decided it had to be put on OVER her dress!

Isn't she cute?

Ooh! Look, Mommy! It's those awesome panties that make it
so I can lift my skirt up and people don't see my diaper. I LOVE those!

Looky, Mommy - I can put them on all by myself!

And what's this? A skirt that goes with it, too?

Wow! Another skirt, too! Let's see if I can wear my dress,
new shirt, jean skirt with diaper panty, and this skirt, too!

Gasp! New shorts! I have to try these on too, Mommy! Now!

See, I can do it all by myself.

Um, I was wrong. Help! I'm stuck!

Whew! Mommy to the rescue.

Oh yeah. It's all coming together now!

I'm a stylin' queen!
BTW - isn't my new baby so cute?

And to close, a little Anna love for y'all. Have a wonderful evening. And much love to you all.

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Unknown said...

I'm so glad you were able to have those blessings. I hope they will bring you peace this week.
Happy Birthday to your daughter.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday Anna!

Cute photos.

Good luck today.

Amy said...

Happy Early Birthday Anna. Getting new clothes is always fun.

I'm praying for you guys. Hope everything goes well today.

Danyelle Ferguson said...

I feel like I've been saying this a lot lately, but thank you, everyone. Much love.

Teri said...

What a great way to have your prayers answered. I'm sure the blessings were beautiful. I know it is hard for you to be away from your other kids when Isaac needs you. Remember how much you are all loved.

Happy Birthday Anna!

Cindy Beck, author said...

What beautiful blessings you all received. It's so comforting to know the Lord is on our side!

By now Isaac should be out of the surgery. My prayers are that it went well and he doesn't have a lot of pain.

Josi said...

That's such a good idea, to have everyone get a blessing. I hope it all went smoothly. I'm looking forward to the update.