Friday, April 10, 2009

R & R.....

Tomorrow has almost arrived and we are on our way to the wilderness to celebrate Easter in a special way. Chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, and that horrible Easter grass, which is a nightmare to dispose it multiplies faster than the chocolate bunnies, will be missing in action this year. With the store closing down and lack of income we aren't able to fulfill our Easter treats quota this year. The kids aren't upset and neither are we really. We will be gathering with friends in close to the same circumstances and share a nice ham...baked in a dutch oven among other really great side dishes all cooked outdoors.

The importance of Easter will be taught as we read our scriptures together as a family and for one moment all will be well with the world.

Thursday we plan to send Don off to Texas to find a job down there and move us down. I don't know how long we will be separated, but we both feel calm in our hearts. I questioned Heavenly Father if this was the right things to do and felt his loving reassurance...all is well. We will tell the kids today sometime and they will take it in stride.

We explained to them with the shop closing we would be planning on turning off our cable and land internet connections line. They understood and took it all in stride. It was then our mad skills as parents made itself known. My oldest emerged from her room and asked a question... "Can Molly and I babysit so we can put some money into the family fund...after paying our tithing of course?" She then explained her and her younger sister came up with this idea and then prayed about it. How can I say no? How can I deny them their blessings for their service towards family? It was one of those Mom moments where the clouds part and the heavens rain down glory as the angels sing a triumphant chorus. Believe me, this does not always happen.

So, for this weekend as you enjoy your Easter with family and friends. Soak it up. Soak up the love you have in your family and count your many'll find you are not as bad off as you initially thought.

When upon life's billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.


Count your blessings, name them one by one,
Count your blessings, see what God hath done!
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.

Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will keep singing as the days go by.


When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold;
Count your many blessings. Wealth can never buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.


So, amid the conflict whether great or small,
Do not be disheartened, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey's end.


Shauna said...

How fun! Hope you have a beautiful Easter weekend! ♥ HUGS ♥

Jen said...

Hope you guys stay dry! Happy Easter!

Momza said...

I know I would love your daughters if I lived by you.
When my dh was unemployed for a year (7/07 to 7/08)...our daughters both worked and helped out too. It was humbling for us as parents to accept their help, when it'd always been otherwise.
But, I will tell you this, my girls learned life lessons I could have never taught them otherwise.
They learned the diff between a want and a need...and how much stuff costs. It was a bonding experience for us all. May your prayers be answered soon and your sweet companion finds the work he is seeking. Be strong. This trial will pass. All really IS well.

H.K. said...

"Count your Many Blessings" is a song that has kept us going when my husband was unemployed.

It's so great that your children want to contribute, but I also think that has a lot to do w/ you & your husband's attitude.

When kids see their parents pulling it together, they want to do the same thing. It's amazing how resilient children are!

Jan the crazy lady said...

Enjoy your R & R, and have the best Easter Tammy. I hope all is going better. You have the best kids.