Sunday, October 11, 2009

Life is Good


I don't talk about serious things a lot on this blog and I usually don't talk about my Faith, but I do want to say how grateful I am for the peace that the Gospel brings to my life.

My good friend's baby girl passed away this week and we attended the funeral yesterday. It was beautiful. Though it is extremely sad that she is no longer here in this mortal life, I'm grateful to know that she is with Heavenly Father and Jesus and will be reunited with her family one day. I will probably never understand why life can be so hard, but I do know that the Lord has a plan and that comforts me.

On another note, I know I'm just about the last person to post about this but I loved seeing Nie Nie on Oprah.


I thought she looked radiant and happy and her story was so inspiring. I love how much she loves doing the little things for her kids like making lunches and getting them ready for school. It killed me to see how she still can't hold them, even though they want her to. I have just been more grateful than ever this week for my sweet kids.

The blog has been on the back burner as I've spent more time cuddling and reading books with my chubby baby and playing with my older kids. I realized as I drove to pick up the carpool for the zillianth time, that I have a good life. I have a funny, generous husband who slaves at work every day so I can stay home and go to lunch and hit the mall and drive kids around and do the mama thing that I love so much. I have fantastic friends and a great family and I am one lucky girl.


Finally, Since I'm celebrating my one year blogging anniversary this month (I know I've already brought that up--but can you ever celebrate enough?) I have updated the blog a little bit. I decided to put my favorite posts on my sidebar. Since basically just my mom and Ashley were reading in the beginning, most are from my early days but some are just posts that I really like for one reason or another. There are sixteen. Does that make me self absorbed? That's okay--look at the title of my blog. I can relate to this:

13 comments:

sarahw said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your friend's baby. That is tremendously sad. I agree that Nienie looked great and she sure helped me appreciate my kids a little more. As a mom, I need to be reminded to cherish all the little moments. Thanks for the reminder.

Lauri said...

Isn't the biggest reason we live our lives the way we do is because we have been blessed to have the gospel in it...I would NOT have it any other way...we are lucky! Our dear friends are lucky and blessed..they WILL have and hold their sweet baby girl again. Through all the ups and downs in my life, one thing I KNOW...I am blessed because of my faith...it is a privelege to belong to this church and sooo worth it in the end!!!
I don't usually step outside my comfort zone into this area either, but there has been much to ponder lately and so much to be grateful for..thanks for sharing your thoughts, and for giving me the opportunity to share mine. You are a great friend Brooke..I love you lots!!!

Jill said...

I'm so sorry about your friend's baby girl.

I felt inspired after seeing Nie Nie on Oprah as well, and have recommitted myself to being more present in the repetitive tasks of motherhood.

I'm glad you put links to your favorite posts.

Jen (and her men) said...

I came early to the viewing and missed seeing you and everyone else, but maybe that was a good thing since I was able to hold it together until I got back to the car. It was beautiful. On to lighter things: that cartoon is about the funniest one I've ever seen. I might have to steal it for my blog...

Kimmie said...

Brookie
Jen has been keeping me updated on the baby....so so SAD. But I do know she is in a much better place and free from all suffering. She just got a free ticket to eternal bliss! Being her mother must be the hardest thing in the world right now, I can only imagine the pain. In time however, our gospel truths will lift her and she will be able to truly smile once again.

Laura B. said...

I can't handle hearing about awful things happening to little kids. it's the saddest thing ever to me.
Love that you've posted your favorite posts. Brilliant!

Mandee said...

I love you! Thanks for blogging so that we could meet and be friends!

And Nie Nie was incredible- I especially loved that one girl's comment about "the energy" of her home.

Denise said...

love, love, LOVE the picture of the kids!

Ashley said...

That last cartoon is brilliant.

It is hard to bride the cavern between silly blog posts and serious ones like this. I fear doing it but you did a good job. I think I remember all your favorite posts from their titles but I might go back and peruse a bit.

Linde said...

So true about the Gospel. I am so thankful their family (and we) have it in our lives.

I loved Nie Nie on Oprah too. I agreed...made you pay more attention to what you are ABLE to do with your kids.

sheryl said...

I was afraid when you started out with one year....you were going to say good-bye. I am glad you didn't. I enjoy the smiles your blog brings me. I am sad Ashley gave up the ghost...for now. ? I am glad you are spending more time with your kids. I miss those days. I loved being a mom...and still do on a different level. I think the most important thing you can do is spend time with your children. Inspite of all the choices my children have made, I am grateful for the closeness I feel with them. I am grateful they check in still and I know that closeness is what will bring them back to the gospel. I am grateful as well knowing that this is not the end of the book. I may need the next life to bring them back. :) I think when they see the next war in heaven... mama sheryl and satan having it out... they will be afraid not to come back. LOL

Jill Tew said...

Brooke, I love all your sides: serious, funny, sarcastic, sentimental...you've got it all and it's great you share yourself with us!

Em said...

Beautiful post!