That quote will definitely become one of our favorites. We've had a few worries recently and we have found the remedy of working and focusing on the mission to really help us out. Besides Jim's slow but steady recovery from eye surgery, we have also had major concerns over our daughter Heather's health. She has had some history of digestive problems which got to a crisis point during the last few weeks. She couldn't even drink water without intense cramping and vomiting. This went on for about 4 weeks until she was finally admitted into the St. George hospital on
September 16th. Even with numerous scans and tests, visits to her primary care doctor, ER visits for fluids, and phone calls to her specialist at Huntsman Cancer Institute, she didn't really get any relief for most of the 4 weeks. Friday night, the 18th, was her lowest point and she had another priesthood blessing while in the hospital. That same night we got a call from Salt Lake telling us that Jim's sister was rushed to the hospital.
By Sunday night we talked with both Heather and Marie on the phone. Marie is home from the hospital and doing much better. While Heather is still in the hospital for a while longer, it lifted our hearts to hear that Heather was not only feeling better physically, but she had received a lot of spiritual strength as well. She had many visits and calls Sunday from family and friends. She has had wonderful nurses including an extra special one that had helped Emily in the same hospital a year ago. Her comment to us that night was that no matter what the outcome of all the tests, she feels their whole family has been very blessed and will continue to be blessed.
We know there will probably be lots of ups and downs with Heather's condition, but she said that she has felt such strength from everyone who has called, texted, and visited. Even the smallest show of love and support seems to mean so much and lift her spirits.
We also reminisced with Heather about all our family has gone through the last few years--Gram's declining health and passing away almost 2 years ago, surgeries, hospital & ICU stays and other ailments of immediate and extended family members.....the list goes on and on. And yet with each adversity that we discussed, it was wonderful to recount how we had been and are still being blessed. We just feel that the Lord is ever near to us. It all seems part of the earthly experience that will help us one day return to our Heavenly home.