It was 10 years ago last Friday on April 19th that we went to the temple where Andy was sealed to our family for time and all eternity. His older brothers, who were in kindergarten and 3rd grade at the time, were able to dress in white and witness the sealing. It was such a special day. I told Cameron that he and Janessa watched us from heaven. Andy was a chubby red-headed 14 month old, and it was only a few weeks before this that we found out we were pregnant with Janessa. (such an exiciting surprise!)
My parents were on their mission at the time in Wyoming, but received permission to come to the sealing in the Ogden temple. We had lots of family there, and ward members. The next day in sacrament meeting Andy was given a name and a blessing. (The adoption date was Wednesday the 16th, so he hadn't been given a blessing in church yet).
So this weekend my thoughts have been on that special day and how much our family has changed in the past 11 years. He is such a special boy with a tender heart and spirit, and a body that can hardly contain his energy. I admit that he and I have our challenges (as I do of course with every child--just differently) but he is so much fun and we just might be a dull family without him. Little did we know that two more kids would follow him in joining our family.
Mothering these last 3 children has not been easy for me. Of course motherhood is not easy for anyone, though some people sure make it look easy! Maybe its because I am older or because they are closer together in age than my older boys. But I really think it is personalities.
My number 3 and 4 children are much more demanding than my others. Why? Were they born that way or was it circumstances that have made them that way? Do they feel they have to compete for attention in a large family? I often wonder why the Lord sent these children to me because I struggle with them so often. I wonder why our personalities are so different and why the Lord has confidence in me to raise and teach these children, their strong personalities with my soft-spoken introverted nature. I know that stronger spirits were saved for the latter days and they will do great in life. I just have to get them through elementary school, middle school, and high school! Which I know is really a short time and I will look back when they are leaving on missions and getting married thinking "it seems like just yesterday when..." But the moments are hard to get through sometimes. I need to rely on my Heavenly Father and truly believe that He has faith in me to nurture and love his precious children. I truly am grateful for them. For all my children.
I have enjoyed slowing down a bit and reflecting on that day 10 years ago when I knew that two more children were being added to my little family, one by adoption and one by birth. The memory of the beauty of the temple and seeing my children all in white with my loving husband. Taking time to look at the "eternal perspective" and marvel how our family came to be. And how the Lord sent us another blessing when we surprisingly got pregnant again with Cameron.
This busy life, and the trials that come with it, is exactly what I wanted, and I really am grateful, and hope I can stay up to the challenge of being a mother to my children.