Thursday, March 31, 2011
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
It has been a very busy, but very fun week so far... and it will only continue! *grin*
My oldest brother, Brent, his wife Nicole and their 4 kids have come down for a visit and are staying at our house! It has been SUCH a good time! The kids have played and played and played!
I will post more updates about what we have been doing soon... and pics as well... just wanted to shout out that we are here... we are good... and we are lovin' life this week!!
Thanks B & Nic for coming to see us, for being such great house guests and for loving and supporting us like you do! :) We love you!!!
Ok! So this is out of order... but I posted about the scout court of honor before this one... this happened that morning... but I will add it here anyway! So there you have it! ;)
My friend Nicole and I have been trying to attend the temple together on tuesday mornings to do her family work. It has been a choice experience and has really helped get me through some of the heart wrenching events of our lives of late. SO: When Nicole text me to see if I was planning on it, I asked my SIL Nicole if she would be interested in going with us! She, of course, jumped at the chance! (They live an hour away from a temple in WA) So we said yes! We got up at 4:30 am and were on our way by a little after 5am.
It was a wonderful session! It was neat how it all played out though... friend Nicole forgot her temple reccommend and was about to not go in with us. We encouraged her to come in anyway and see what they would do. There were a few hoops to jump through... but in the end they allowed her to join us and we were able to serve like we had planned. It was perfect!
After our temple trip, we came straight home, dropped off my temple bag, grabbed some drinks, and SIL Nicole and I headed to SLC to attend the Primary Open House. (SIL is in a Primary Pres. and wanted to attend for her presidency... I just was tagging along because I love temple square and hangin' out with my sis!) Brent was working from home, so he kept an ear out, but Emma and Britt were in charge of keeping all the peps attended to while we were gone. They played and played and played!
We arrived in SLC (I had to take a cat nap on the way *blush*), paid for parking and headed to the Assembly Hall. We quickly learned that the Young Women's open house was scheduled for this day... not the Primary one! *oops* We laughed about it... and then wondered what to do! We had already paid for parking! We considered wandering the mall etc, but my energy levels would not have held out very long, and, being that we both love doing it, we decided to see if the Salt Lake Temple would allow me to attend without my reccomend in hand (I had left it in my temple bag, at home, so Nicole had hers, but I did not :P ).
We entered and asked if we could go. They had a temple Pres. member come down to talk to me. He teased us when he realized we had been at Provo just that morning! He wanted to know if we were headed to Logan next! Bwahahaha!! He called my Bishop to confirm my standing in the church. It was humbling and sacred to hear him ask "can you vouge for Sister Heather Dorius' worthiness?" and to be able to hear the bishop on the other end answer, "Absolutely." I don't know why that struck me so much... but it brought tears to my eyes. It was tender!
Because we had to call and get verification, we missed the 10 o'clock session. The Pres. member asked if we would consider doing sealings before the next session an hour later, to which we agreed. We rented our clothing, and dressed and were lead up to the sealing office. As we turned the corner and entered the office, there was a very tall older gentleman. Immediately I realized there was *something* about this man, but it took a few seconds to register. He said, " Good morning Sisters! What are you doing here today?" As soon as he spoke I realized who it was! My cute Sis-in-law did not yet, and quickly replied in a slightly snarky way, "We are here to serve!" LOL! He laughed and shook our hands....
Monday, March 28, 2011
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Saturday, March 26, 2011
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Not sure if it is my stroke brain or what... but I am feeling a strange whirlwind of emotions, thoughts and chaos.
So much in our lives has changed so much the last few months! SO MUCH! I have not even posted half of all the different details on this blog, and yet they have all been so refiningly difficult on each their own levels it has been insane and so very complicated! I am not even sure Jes and I are the same people we were before... things have changed so much. Our thought processes have changed so much! I almost feel like we have been pressed through a juicer in a way!
Today, day two of Jestin's job, I got up early and went to the temple with my friend Nicole. It was a wonderful quiet time... and I felt such peace and such joy. But... I struggled a little. During my prayers I wondered: How do I adequately express my gratitude for Jes' new job because it is BEYOND huge for us! How do I express enough gratitude for his eyes being healed? It really is a miracle in our lives how it all played out and it only could have happened with God's hands in it! How do I express my gratitude for my relatively quick recovery from a stroke at age 34! (and all the miracles that came along with that!) And how will I EVER be able to express my gratitude for all the prayers/fasting/love/encouragement/support our little family has been bestowed by so many through this entire process? There is no way to ever compensate for the gifts we have been given!
I feel all these emotions bubbling up inside of me... along with a little bit of disbelief that it is really over... and a little bit of caution about getting too excited... and a LOT of relief! Which one do I feel?
I find myself walking along the edge of our chaos, looking back, wondering what the heck happened??
We have a lot of change still going on. The dust is still settling.
And it's becoming more and more apparent just how close to Heavenly Father has really been... and how un-alone we really were... even when those around us weren't around. Does that make any sense? It will be hard to give that up I think... now that we are so aware of the influence for good we have enjoyed... It will be difficult to let that constant uplift go! It must be similar to how a baby bird must feel when they leave the nest... it is scary! it is exciting! it is what we have wanted more than anything! But do we really have to move forward?? it is hard! LOL See how crazy my thought processes can be! :P
I am slowly learning that this life is definitely a PROCESS... with lots of different levels of experience along the way.
here we go...
letting go of old...
looking forward to new.
Nothing ever stays the same!
|Me and my grandpa|
|The Archie Stoddard Family 2011|
(missing Brent, Nicole, Morgan, Britt, Jesselyn and Kate)