After coming home from Utah and seeing my family, Adam and I spent some much needed family time of our own. There is a huge leisure pool area on campus that has a lazy river and a kiddie place to play. We took Bailey for some fun in the sun and sure enough, like her daddy, she cant get enough of the water. She loves it! I actually wish she was a bit more cautious about it haha. She loves bath time though, so I had a feeling a huge pool would pretty much be the coolest thing ever lol. We didnt leave until we were good and pruned and then she took a 2 hour nap hah. She is pretty much my favorite kid ever though….just sayin.
Not long after coming home we received news that Austin was going to be coming home a bit early so he could escort a sick Elder home to the Houston area. We were ecstatic! We knew it was meant to be because it was the only 3 day weekend Adam had all semester, and with finals and multiple 20+ page papers looming around the corner…we didnt know the next opportunity we would have. Plus then we could watch General Conference together (twice a year in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints we gather to listen to our Prophet and Apostles speak to us and give us guidance and council from the Lord…it is the best. www.lds.org has all of the conference talks archived if anyone is interested in reading them. They truly are inspired to help you live a better life and be happy, for anyone of any faith.) And we would also be able to celebrate Easter and Christ’s Resurrection! I am so blessed with amazing in laws who flew us down there to be with them 🙂 Unfortunately Adam caught a severe stomach bug and was miserable and in pain almost the entire time. It was really bad. It broke my heart to see him in such pain in his stomach. Thankfully we had Priesthood holders in the house who were able to give him a blessing of healing. It was really remarkable. The Spirit was very strong and we witnessed a miracle. I literally saw his pain leave his face as the blessing was given. It’s those experiences that continue building my testimony.
Austin served his mission in Brazil and seeing him come home so full of love and the spirit and a sense of maturity that only comes from serving others for 2 years, was a blessing in itself. I am so grateful for my sister and Austin and their willingness to serve. When I see how much they grow, it further strengthens the importance of service in my mind. And not just on a mission, but in all of our everyday lives. I find it hard to be completely miserable if I am actively trying to serve others. It doesn’t take away every ounce of sadness or hardships, but it certainly helps me feel closer to our Savior, which allows me to seek the peace and comfort I desire. All in all, even though Adam was sick for most of the weekend, he did have the last bit to really enjoy being around his family. It was a great trip. I love all of my family so much!!! (she tripped and fell with her binky in her mouth, poor thing) Yeah, these are from Adam as a baby…no question from where Bailey comes from lol.
These are our Bits O’ Bertoch.