I've cried a lot today.
This has been a very good Easter full of tender mercies from my Heavenly Father. Although seemingly small, I know someone is watching out for me.
Cory's cousin Andrew blessed their baby this morning the same time that we had church. Of course we wanted to go but someone had to stay and teach our Sunday school lesson. So Cory took Kennedy with him and went to the blessing while I went to our own ward. That meant I got to sit through sacrament meeting entirely interruption free! There was an amazing spirit that filled our meeting. It's been a while since I've cried in sacrament meeting for spiritual reasons ;). It was muchly needed and I was so grateful to be able to have a special Easter Sunday.
Kennedy has also warmed up to our families a lot recently. That has been another tender mercy because it would break my heart to see her recoil from them. I know she's just shy and it's totally a natural toddler reaction, but I also know it hurts when they love her so much. It's been great to see her open up to them and show them her adorable, sweet personality. And give them hugs and kisses goodbye! She's especially been good today.
I've been more aware of the atonement in my life more recently than usually. I know part of it has correlated with my efforts to learn how to deal with difficult people. The atonement isn't just for our sins, it's to help us forgive those who have sinned against us, too. That has also been a huge blessing in my life lately. I know that when times are tough, the Savior will step in help me through it. It's made handling trials a bit easier. Today I've felt especially grateful for that blessing.
I'm so eternally grateful for my family and for the answers to our prayers and pleas for divine intervention. I know we have all been strengthened these last few weeks and have seen the hand of the Lord in our lives.
And finally, another motherly tender mercy:
I absolutely love how much Kennedy is like Cory. I don't ever want to change that. But sometimes I wonder if she'll ever be like me. It's very, very important to me that our kids appreciate and hopefully have a talent for music. My love for music goes deeper than I can explain and I want to be able to share that with them. So right now, I am so touched and grateful for the moments Kennedy and I have when I get to sit quietly while holding her and sing to her. I feel like we connect deeper and more intimately when this happens. And she'll even take her turn and try and sing back to me. We just stare at each other and share in the beautiful music our hearts are making and sharing. I always cry. Always. Tonight especially. Those moments are some of my favorite as a parent. I know The Lord understands how much that means to me and I'm very grateful for that.
I just had to share those thoughts today. I hope everyone enjoyed their Easter Sunday!