The last post concerning Reese should have been posted over a week ago. Since then my heart and mind have been lifted. There are two specific moments that made all the difference.
The first one was when a phone call from a friend brought me to tears, she was asking about the results of Reese’s tests. When I got off the phone my oldest son sat at the table eating breakfast covering his ears. He then said, “I don’t like to see you cry mom, besides what is so bad about having a hearing loss? Alexander is just like one of us. You taught me that. “ The kicker was when he said, “Heavenly Father made Reese how she is for a reason, it is going to be okay”. I am not exaggerating, he said those exact words and he has repeated them more than once since then. He’s right.
The other turning point was a comment from my husband. I was only allowed a day or two to mope around the house, stomping my feet declaring life was just not fair before he asked “Who have you served lately?" The only way you will get over your sadness is by serving someone else”. That was so not what I wanted to hear, but figured I would take his advice.
Besides the normal things I do everyday for the family, I had not served anyone. A list was made and I went to work. I started out by inviting neighbors over for dinner, the next day I made cookies for a friend. After that I offered to drive a friends child to preschool. All of these were simple things, but each time I served someone I came closer to feeling myself again. Before we knew it Reese and I found ourselves in Utah spending the day making meals and cookies for my grandparents.
(Reese’s first plane trip at 7 weeks old).
It was a pleasure offering what little service I could to my grandparents. In the end they did more for me then I did for them. Isn’t that always true when you serve?
With the concern that my Grandma Naomi, (our Naomi Reese’s namesake) would not be with us much longer, my mom arranged the trip for the two Naomi’s to meet. Thanks mom, it was perfect in every way.
Reese was more than willing to warm her lap from morning until the late evening giving me a glimpse of what heaven will be like. It will be filled with family, love, and lots of chocolate.
Great Grandma Naomi, Grandma Marcia, Mom, Reese
The trip was not all service, unless you consider skiing with my dad a service.
He is a fabulous skier, it was fabulous snow, on a fabulous day.
What a blessing it was to step away from my busy life and take a few days to get rejuvenated emotionally and spiritually. Now I am geared up for another great journey ahead.
Thanks for your positive comments, it means so much to know there are so many cheerleaders on my side.
It is time to get to work!
(Reese two months old).