10 October 2010

Counting our Blessing

This week has been a week of stress and confusion for most of us in the SOLOMON family. My Dad had a massive stroke this this week and has been in the hospital and even though I'm not close to my dad I still feel bad that he's very sick and that now his life probably will never be the same again. He will (most likely) never be able to live alone and will be in nursing home. My poor sister has had to make some hard decisions because she is the only one that has been able to be there...she has made a lot of sacrifices to be at the hospital to hear whats going on. My Brother, Tommy, came home from Mississippi and my sisters, Trinna and Tonya and I all got a chance to hang out yesterday. The reunion was bittersweet. I really wish that we could have all been together for 'happier' reasons, but I feel that since we are all moving away from home (and away from each other) our reunions will be more bittersweet when we do all come home again. With all that sadness though, there is always SO much laughter when we get together (normally at my suspense). My siblings are a riot...two of the four of us have children, Annalyse and Kirsten, and the two of them turn anything gloomy in to sunshine from our Heavenly Father. Kirsten is the Apple of Tommy's eye and you can totally tell...and Annalyse is always doing something new, cute and funny that makes us all go...'awwe'.

I titled this post as 'counting our blessings' because there is TONS for us to be thankful for andtothank our Heavenly Father for...even when things go bad. There is a Hymn in our LDS hymnbook (its in many hymn books in churches all over the world not just LDS hymn books) and when things are just going rotten I turn to this hymn a lot when I'm thinking about bad stuff.
When upon life's billows you are tempest-tossed
When you are discouraged thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings; name them one by one
And it will surprise what the Lord has done
There is a lot more to the hymn, but that for some reason Blogger won't let me copy and paste all the lyrics and typing them all out means a lot of typos.


I do have faith in the Savior and in my Heavenly Father that they will help my Family and me through this hard time that we will be given blessings even when it may be hard to see them all the time.