It was wonderful to surround her with our love. All of us made a promise long ago on our 8th birthdays that we would "mourn with those that mourn" and I sure hope she felt that our hearts are breaking with hers and that our love and faith and prayers are with her. I think she did.
This is why I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. It isn't just a decision that we will love others and be Christian, it is an actual binding covenant. A promise that we will do those things and that as we do we have the assurance that angels will be our guides and that we will have the help of heaven. I love being in covenant with the Lord. I love that I have figuratively signed my name on the dotted line and promised to never turn back. I love that becasue I have entered into these covenants I am entitled to certain wonderful and amazing blessings that I can get in no other way. And yesterday, sitting at the table with these faithful friends I was reminded of just why these covenants are essential and I am so thankful to have made them.
We had a wonderful summer. The condo in June...
And then Scott and the boys took off on their 3 week adventure, 3 years in the planning. They did so many amazing things. Sacrament meeting in the Kirkland temple and a church service with Elder Holland just to name a few.
The girls and I stayed behind and had our own fun with a cabin trip, Arizona Grand, SunSplash and lots of lazy days swimming in the pool.
I loved having that time with the girls but it was wonderful to be together again after 3 long weeks apart.
School is in full swing and we are having so much fun chasing the big kids to all of their games and meets. Branson is a starting receiver on the Freshman football team. Kaden is on the varsity swim team and Brylee is on varsity swim AND varsity cheer. She was only one of three Freshman to make the varsity squad so she was pretty excited. We spend Wednesday nights at Branson's game, Thursday night at the swim meet and Friday nights watching Brylee cheer. I love this. I really love this.
In all this running and going I am constantly repeating these words in my head:
More fit for the Kingdom, more used would I be, more blessed and holy, more Savior like Thee.
Even though we are constantly doing more and our family is constantly on the go I want to remember that the only thing I truly need to be more of is like the Savior. I love my family, I love my covenants and I love the gospel.