I love going on lds.org to read inspirational stories and watch uplifting videos. Sundays are perfect days for that, and today, this message from Elder L. Tom Perry hit home. My favorite quote from his talk is this:
“It is my firm conviction that there has never been a period in my many years of life when our Father in Heaven’s children have needed the guiding hand of faithful, devoted parents more. We have a great and noble heritage of parents giving up almost everything they possess to find a place where they could rear their families with faith and courage so the next generation would have greater opportunities than had been theirs. We must find within ourselves that same determined spirit and overcome the challenges we face with the same spirit of sacrifice. We must instill in future generations an ever stronger reliance on the teachings of our Lord and Savior.”
Yesterday was a busy day in the Herbert home. We got home from visiting family in St. George late Friday night, attended the beautiful baptism of my two nieces Saturday morning, went to a luncheon, then headed home to unpack, decorate for Christmas, and find a tree. I was feeling exhausted and tired this morning as I sat down for breakfast. My littlest son was sitting next to me in his little booster chair, and kept reaching out his arms for me to hold him.
“I’m sitting right next to you,” I kept saying. Finally, I unbuckled him and lifted him in my arms. At that moment, my four year old came over, complaining he didn’t have anywhere to sit, and rested his head on my shoulder. With a baby on my lap, my five year old to my right, and my four year old on my left, I thought how funny it was that I was expecting to get just five minutes to myself to hurry and eat before the rest of the Sabbath day’s activities needed to be tended to. Dinner, cleaning up, packing bags, and getting four people ready for church (and fed-again!) always takes so much time. But at that moment, I sat with my boys all around me, and was reminded of what was really important. Them.