Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Here's some stuff I've found out over the last 7 years--
  ( not in any particular order, but maybe chronological, starting with James breaking his neck, and Sam being born)

::You should always answer your phone even if it's a strange #. --it could be a hospital trying to identify their "John Doe" that's just been in a car wreck.

::Seeing your husband finally recognize you after he's been in an amnesia cycle for 8 hrs. is like winning the lottery.

::Just because your baby isnt "normal" (and normal is relative, isnt it?)  doesnt mean he's not "Perfect".

::You don't need a ton of presents under your Christmas tree to have the most memorable Christmas ever.

::You don't need couches, chairs, kitchen tables, harps, etc. to have a happy home.  (Bean bags are much more fun!)

::You don't need food purchased from "Costco" to sustain life !  Bishop's storehouse food is just as good, when you need it!

::You don't need  "new" clothes all the time,  hand me down's are more loved anyways.

::Watching a child with Down's syndrome take his first steps at age 2 and a half or 3 yrs old is like winning the lottery.

::Having a 17 yr old son who's never been in jail, or dropped out of school and who says his prayers daily, and who shepherds his brothers without complaint and is just an all around GREAT guy, is a huge blessing.

::Watching your other son take his first sip of "Creme Soda" after not eating or drinking for 2 months is also like winning the lottery !

::Bringing that son home from the hospital after months of suffering to an entire neighborhood of yellow ribbons and a parade of hundreds lining the street, is proof that "it takes a village".

::Countless acts of charity and kindness by known and UNknown friends are humbling and bring tears overflowing with those memories.

::Our loving Father above knows our pain and sorrows.  He communicates with us even when we think he can't possibly hear us and we've given up.  He see's our "worth" when we feel we have none.

....Someone recently inquired...

"What can I do for you, what do you need?"

After reading these last few phrases of mine and seeing my "fortune" and "riches".....

The question I ask of YOU...

  "What do YOU need?  What can I do for YOU?"


Lynyrd said...

While driving home from work last night tears were streaming down my face as AFN was playing a familiar song by the Hollies. One I hadn't heard in many, many years. I immediately thought of you Lynette as words pierced my soul:

The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows when
But I'm strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
So on we go
His welfare is of my concern
No burden is he to bear
We'll get there
For I know
He would not encumber me
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
If I'm laden at all
I'm laden with sadness
That everyone's heart
Isn't filled with the gladness
Of love for one another
It's a long, long road
From which there is no return
While we're on the way to there
Why not share
And the load
Doesn't weigh me down at all
He ain't heavy, he's my brother
He's my brother
He ain't heavy, he's my brother...

I am SO grateful to you for your undaunted spirit and shining example. You truly are one of the "noble and great ones". You've endured (with grace and style) more in seven years than most experience there whole lives. As the Lord declares to the Prophet Joseph in the 122 section of the D&C:

5. If thou art called to pass through tribulation; if thou art in perils among false brethren; if thou art in perils among robbers; if thou art in perils by land or by sea;
6. If thou art accused with all manner of false accusations; if thine enemies fall upon thee; if they tear thee from the society of thy father and mother and brethren and sisters; and if with a drawn sword thine enemies tear thee from the bosom of thy wife, and of thine offspring, and thine elder son, although but six years of age, shall cling to thy garments, and shall say, My father, my father, why can't you stay with us? O, my father, what are the men going to do with you? and if then he shall be thrust from thee by the sword, and thou be dragged to prison, and thine enemies prowl around thee like wolves for the blood of the lamb;
7. And if thou shouldst be cast into the pit, or into the hands of murderers, and the sentence of death be passed upon thee; if thou be cast into the deep; if the billowing surge conspire against thee; if fierce winds become thine enemy; if the heavens gather blackness, and all the elements combine to hedge up the way; and above all, if the very jaws of hell shall gape open the mouth wide after thee, know thou, my "daughter", that all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good.
8. The Son of Man hath descended below them all. Art thou greater than he?

Once again you have had a profound impact on my life. Now as I prepare to go to begin my day I'll once again kneel in prayer asking my Heavenly Father to see fit to sustain you and your family in your hour(s) of need.

Brooke said...

Oh Nettie, you're making me tear up in the middle of the library! I love you so much, and thank you for your strength, courage and example to me.

Amanda said...

Thanks Lynette! You are so inspiring!

Byron and Jana said...

Wow that's a lot of lottery winning :) Really though, great post and great perspective! No wonder you are so easy to love! Thanks for sharing your journey with all of us!

B Ready to Read said...

Life is good, isn't it? Thanks for being my sister.



Anonymous said...

You have the prayers of many, your boys are in good hands.

Elder Wilsher said...

Lynette you never cease to amaze me .What a wonderful spirit you have ,thankyou for helping our family ,we love you - Jacqui xx