On Sunday we had the opportunity to listen to Anthony Cronin report his mission in our ward. It was amazing!! In his talk he shared a sweet story about listening to the spirit. This experience happened right after Chili had just experienced a terrible earthquake and they kept having blackouts. As a companionship they were getting ready to leave their apartment for the day when the spirit told him he should put his flashlight in his backpack. He ignored the prompting and again the thought came to him to put his flashlight in his backpack and a second time he ignored the prompting and off they went. They had finished their appointments and lessons and were headed home that evening when the town experienced a blackout which left him and his companion on the street totally in the dark. He shared how the spirit will prompt us at times to do "simple things" and how disappointed he was in himself for not listening. We got home from church and had a visit from our Home Teachers. Nate was asked to give the closing prayer and was acting all shy so Tim was helping him. Tim was trying to get him to close his prayer when Nate told Tim that he wasn't done and to wait. He paused and then said "Help Bubba to remember to put his flashlight in his backpack so when he's outside and it's dark he won't be scared"!! My heart was overflowing. It was one of those WOW moments that mom's love to experience!! I was thrilled that he was actually listening in church and it reiterated to me how much he LOVES and WORRIES about his big brother. I love these moments!! I am so grateful for a missionary son and the blessings that are coming to our family through his service. The influence of a brother is an amazing thing! I LOVE my boys!!
How can 2011 top this???? I had to post this picture - I think the look on this Granddad's face is priceless!! We have been so blessed throughout the year. When I get to pondering all the blessings that we have received in 2010, my heart feels like it will burst. Here is a little look at our 2010...
Jan - We went to battle in a trial for Maryjane.
Feb - The judge ruled in our favor - Maryjane is adopted - yea!!
Mar - Macky turned 16 and is dating and driving. No wrecked cars or broken hearts:)
Apr - Ran in my very first Ragnar in Southern CA - I've never worked so hard and had so much FUN all at the same time!
May - Maryjane was sealed to our family - all of our children were in the Temple - Grandpa Tenney performed the sealing. Tim and JT went on the Senior trip to CA - lots of rides and laughs. JT graduated from Seminary and M.H.S.. We took our "older" children on a Church History Trip - it was a trip of a lifetime!
June - JT received his mission call to the Washington D.C. South Mission:) Macky was able to attend an EFY.
July - JT was able to receive his own endowment in the Snowflake Temple. Our 3 little guys took swimming lesson for 2 weeks - FUN - FUN - FUN.
Aug - JT had his 19th b-day and entered the MTC four days later:) Football starts and Tim is now the head coach for MHS.
Sept - Practices - Piano lessons - Dr. and Dentist appts - Helping out at the Jr High Library.
Oct - Homecoming - General Conference - Time Out For Women:)
Nov - State football game:( - 24th Wedding Anniversary - Carly's baby shower - Christmas tree getting!
Dec - Grandpa Tenney's radiaton treatment on his eye - Nativity story - Chace's farewell - Ward party - Other parties:) Gracilyn Mallory born!! Phone call from Elder Slade!!!