Monday, October 8, 2007

The Greener Side of the Fence

I have had the opportunity to think a lot the past few days. Two weeks ago, while laying in bed, I thought about all our problems, concerns, worries, etc. But then, I started thinking about all these blessings that we have. I couldn't believe how much we have! And then the thought occured to me: "They always say the grass is greener on the other side...but I do live on the greener side." Allow me to share why our life is so great:

* I have a great husband
* He is kind
* He is patient
* He is smart
* He makes me laugh
* He shares my burdens with me
* I'm excited to see him when he gets home from work
* Samantha is a perfectly amazing daughter
* She is adorable
* She is fun
* She is starting to stand
* She is a good eater
* She is sleeping better
* She makes me laugh
* I make her laugh
* She's my little princess
* God lives
* He knows me, Marcus, and Samantha
* We have a great support system -- amazing family and friends
* We get to travel and see family fairly regularly
* Marcus has a job
* I get to stay at home with Samantha

And these are just a few. As I think about Samantha's life, I admit my feelings have waivered back and forth between feelings of peace and feelings of extreme sadness. I do not want her to leave this life, ever. I'm not ready to let her go. But then I'm reminded that, first of all, I don't have to let her go anytime in the near future. Yes, we don't know how long we have with her, but we most likely have at least a couple more years. Secondly, and more importantly, our family will be together forever. She will one day be made whole and we will always, always be together. She will always be my princess. She will always make me laugh. She will always light up the room when she enters. She will always have a mother, father, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends who adore her. She will always have our hearts. And in terms of eternal life, this earthly life is pretty short. So, I say, my life is pretty amazing. My life is pretty full and it's emerald green.
Samantha eating her pear.


maryirene allen said...

jenny and marcus, your faith is contagious. thank you for letting us be a part of your story. we love you guys. eternity is a wonderful blessing. thank you for reminding us of all the things we need to be thankful for too. God bless.

Annie said...

I'm so glad I read your post this morning. Life is so sweet. There is so much to be grateful for.

Lori and Matt said...

what a great post. makes me think back to pres. eyring's talk. we do have blessed lives!love you guys!

Danette said...

I am continually amazed by your faith and positive attitude. I enjoy reading your blog and seeing pictures of your adorable little girl. You and Marcus, though far away from us, have set a wonderful example to me of many Christ-like attributes that I strive to implement in my own life. Thank you so much for sharing your life with so many. Truly, you have a wonderful family.

Courtney and Sam said...

I am constantly amazed at what a positive person you are. It's always a good exercise to remember all your blessings. So thanks for the reminder that no matter what happens in life, God's hand is in everything.

Peach, Lynsey, and Caden said...

Thank you for helping us see the greener side... It's nice to be reminded how great life really is!
We hope to see you at the soccer game tonight...

Scott and Natalie said...

She is so much bigger since the last time I saw her in March.She is just adorable. Those eyes are incredible! Just know you are in our prayers! you two are so strong, We are so truly blessed to know we can be together forever! Good luck with the adoption process, I am partial to adoption since I myself am adopted! i will keep checking back! thanks for saying Hi!

Justin and Amelia said...

Amen, sister! I love your view on life. I am with Lori, it makes me think about President Eyring's talk. We have started keeping that Blessing journal every night. You know what, it has helped me think about it throughout the day. Have I seen the hadn of God in my life or in the life of my family? Yes, we always seem to see it. It just takes a moment to stop, think, recognize, and thank. By the way, Samantha's eyes are INCREDIBLE in that picture! So blue. My goodness! I love you Jenny! Thanks for teaching me by your example! Enjoy to the end! (and you know what the best part is about that phrase? There is no end! We have eternity to enjoy! Crazy to think about!)


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