Saturday, October 16, 2010
Gratitude for Parents
I have written many times about my parents. (That's the only picture I have of me as a baby ; ) I don't like to think about how different my life might have been if they hadn't died when I was a teenager. (That's a waste of time--or at least that's what I tell myself when I start thinking like that) I'm grateful for genealogy and the things I'm learning as I do family research. I don't know if I told you but I have a cousin who told me she connected with a cousin who says her great grandfather, who would be one of my great uncles, told her we are related to Ponce de Leon. (Now don't write me and ask if I have any connections to the fountain of youth--JUST LOOK AT ME TODAY AND YOU'LL KNOW I HAVE NO CONNECTION AT ALL : )
Anyway, I am very grateful I had least had an opportunity to be with my parents for some time--at least I knew them and have memories. Actually, as the SF Giants get ready to play in the NLCS this weekend, my heart goes back to the one game I went to at Candlestick Park with my dad. It was so fun. I'm sure I will be a Giants fan until the day I die because my dad was ; ) I also will always tip a waitress a little extra, because my mom was a waitress.
Now my parents didn't teach me the principles of the Gospel, but they were such good people. They worked hard and loved us. And I'm sure it was their influence that allowed my heart to be open when I heard the message of the Gospel.
After they died and we went to live with Helen and Les. No girls could have had better people to raise them. They loved us like their own children. I don't think I will ever meet anyone who would do what they did--take in 6 girls ranging in age from 9 - 18--girls they really didn't even know. I will love them FOREVER for what they did for me and my sisters. We were able to stay together AND THAT WAS SUCH A GREAT BLESSING.
When I married Allan I became a "daughter" to Allan's parents. They were wonderful. I learned so much from them. I miss seeing Allan interact with his mom and dad. He loved them so much. I learned a lot from watching him and from watching them. They never really interfered in our lives, but they were always there to love us.
It's amazing how after all these years I still miss my folks, I miss Helen and Les, and I miss Allan's parents. I'm so grateful for the wonderful memories I have. I will forever be grateful for the trip we took to Hawaii to celebrate Allan's moms 90th birthday. Here's a picture of the WHOLE FAMILY
I am grateful for the knowledge that although they are gone I will see them again. Because of the ordinances of the temple, I have been sealed to my parents. As well, Allan has been sealed to his. We have been sealed to each other and our children have been sealed to us. As well, many of our children have been sealed and their children sealed to them. I love the way Elder Gong explained it at Conference:"In temple mirrors of eternity, I began to understand my wife and myself as children of our parents and parents to our children, as grandchildren of our grandparents and grandparents to our grandchildren. Mortality’s great lessons distill upon our souls as we learn and teach in eternal roles, including child and parent, parent and child."