I never really understood why a mission president's wife (or the wife of a temple president) sat on the stand with their husbands. It is because my husband received a call to serve, but I also received the call to serve. I wasn't simply asked (as in the past when my husband received callings) if I would support him. Of course. But now- I hold the calling. I was also set apart. I also have the same right to receive inspiration and guidance in my responsibilities as my husband does in his. Our responsibilities are non-stop and around the clock- both of us. We are companions in the work of the Lord- what a blessing!
When we accepted the call to serve, we didn't realize what a huge impact this would have on our own young adult age children. This has not been easy for them. They are the ones who have stepped in and supported us. My five children, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren are the greatest supporters on the earth. EVER! I love them and I love them for the personal trials that they go through as they support us. We have been amazed as we have seen our children grow through their own trials and then watched as the blessings that have been promised have been given to them.
To Nate and Megan- Thanks for your help- and bringing your kids to see us! Nate's medical advice is available to me at all times of the day- he never complains, even when I wake him up. He's a life saver. Megan is one of the best mothers on the planet earth. Patience is her strength.
|Zach with Nate, Megan and kids|
|Josh and Brittney and kids|
|Rachel with her niece|
To Nicole- Thanks for your great example and determination to do what's right. Nicole will not have the chance to read this for another year and a half. She decided it was her time to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ on a full-time basis. As I write this, she is packing her bags at the MTC and getting ready to leave for her own great missionary experience in Cebu, Philippiines- speaking Cebuano. She has conviction and courage. I'll miss her and always pray for her. She is also so beautiful in so many ways.
|Nicole at the San Antonio Temple|
|Mother and son|