It is so wonderful to know that God knows each and every one of us. The talks that were given, seemed to be prepared for me and my family. I enjoyed so much the words that were so skillfully put together in a way that I had been searching to do myself during this last year. It was so uplifting, and so sad at the same time. Then in between the morning and afternoon sessions on Sunday there was a story about the humanitarian effort in Guatemala. It was a beautiful story, they mentioned the crash, and showed a picture of John. I cried, and cried, and got really mad, then felt guilty, then cried some more. I was sad that John never got to meet those people that he was so excited to serve. I was mad that the people that were featured on the story did get to meet them, and with no problems might I add. I was really mad that it made me think about the crash again, and all the sadness that went along with that horrible day. So needless to say I have been in a super fantastic mood the last several days (months).
In the middle of my sorrow, I talked to my beautiful, wise, brilliant sister-in-law Mel, and she suggested that I make a list of all the things that I have learned, and the blessings that we have received since we lost John. It is so hard when you are in the middle of grief to realize or understand that there really has been progress made, and sometimes we really need to sit back and take a good long look at personal growth that has taken place.
Keep in mind that this list is very incomplete, but it's a start.
- I know that my Father in Heaven loves me.
- I know that my Savior died for me.
- I know that Johnny is mine forever and ever.
- I know that my family loves me.
- I have true friends, the kind that can handle anything that you throw at them, and they do it with ease and grace.
- The veil is very thin.
- Service really is the only place you can find relief.
- Life is too short
- Love never dies
- The Atonement is way bigger, and more complex, and I will never learn in this lifetime all of it's facets.
- Family is forever
- Family is the reason for this life
- Guilt is of the Devil (and he wields it like a double edged sword)
- It's ok to not be perfect
- It's ok to do things your own way
- Sometimes we make mistakes, and guess what, the world doesn't end
- When God brings you to it, he'll get you through it.
- We are going to be ok
- I know that we will be better than we were before
- I know that there are angles around us
- Things may seem sad and hopeless, but I know that there is nothing but hope and happiness in our future.
Here are a few pictures that I came across, and they speak volumes.