Today is December 23, 2017 and all my children are coming home!!! I am ecstatic to say the least. Ray and I have five children and eleven grandchildren. They will all be home for the next 24 hours. I am up early because I can’t sleep. My excitement is hardly containable. I hired a photographer to come to the house this morning to take pictures of every family individually and together. We are taking the pictures in my home and that is my gift to my children, their family group pictures. We will be eating a delicious breakfast casserole to keep them all happy before, during and after the …. ok just one more picture…. ok keep smiling…. ok everybody look right here!!!
We wanted to have pictures outside but we are receiving the biggest snow storm right now. It snowed about 6 inches last night. I hope we can get some pictures outside in the snow.
After we get through the pictures Ray and I are giving each child and parent an envelope with money. They will have one hour to spend their money at Smith & Edwards, a local surplus store here in northern Utah. We will give extra money to all who spend the closest to the exact amount we gave them. This should be fun!!! We don’t have any wrapped presents under the tree. After they are all finished with their shopping we are headed to the local bowling alley to meet all my sisters kids and their kids. Yes we reserved 6 bowling lanes for everyone. We are picking up some pizzas on the way to the bowling alley so they can keep their energy going.
I have put a turkey in the oven this morning and 2 pot roasts that I got from my cousins farm. We have assigned out the salads, bread and desserts because after bowling everybody is coming back to my house for dinner together. We will eat and sing and play games. Let the excitement begin!!! I will let you know how it all turns out! This is excitement to the galaxy and back again.
I just read a talk by Dieter F Uchtdorf about coming home. He told the story of a dog that baffled the world and found its way home. I want to share it with you so you can share the feeling of coming home and why even in the harshest of circumstances we migrate back home.
Nearly a century ago, a family from Oregon was vacationing in Indiana—over 2,000 miles (3,200 km) away—when they lost their beloved dog, Bobbie. The frantic family searched for the dog everywhere but to no avail. Bobbie could not be found.
Heartbroken, they made the trip home, each mile taking them farther away from their cherished pet.
Six months later, the family was stunned to find Bobbie on their doorstep in Oregon. “Mangy, scrawny, feet worn to the bone—[he] appeared to have walked the entire distance … by himself.”1 Bobbie’s story captured the imagination of people across the United States, and he became known as Bobbie the Wonder Dog.
Bobbie is not the only animal who has baffled scientists with an amazing sense of direction and instinct for home. Some monarch butterfly populations migrate 3,000 miles (4,800 km) each year to climes better suited for their survival. Leatherback turtles travel across the Pacific Ocean from Indonesia to the coasts of California. Humpback whales swim from the cold waters of the North and South Poles toward the equator and back. Perhaps even more incredibly, the arctic tern flies from the Arctic Circle to Antarctica and back every year, some 60,000 miles (97,000 km).
When scientists study this fascinating behavior, they ask questions such as “How do they know where to go?” and “How does each successive generation learn this behavior?”
When I read of this powerful instinct in animals, I can’t help but wonder, “Is it possible that human beings have a similar yearning—an inner guidance system, if you will—that draws them to their heavenly home?”
I believe that every man, woman, and child has felt the call of heaven at some point in his or her life. Deep within us is a longing to somehow reach past the veil and embrace Heavenly Parents we once knew and cherished.
Some might suppress this yearning and deaden their souls to its call. But those who do not quench this light within themselves can embark on an incredible journey—a wondrous migration toward heavenly climes.
This Christmas Season reflect on the love you have for your family, home, Christ’s Birth, Love, gratitude, giving, gifts of service, children, magic of the season, others who need you, building relationships and giving some more.
(I saved this post for Dec. 24th so I could share my feelings I experienced yesterday)
The Joy I have felt to spend a day with my children is humbling. I cherished every moment. There were so many emotions I experienced. JOY is the best one. I did get sad because it was coming to an end last night. I had extreme excitement most of the day. I really wanted to express my complete love and joy to each one of my children, their spouses and our precious grandchildren. We love being together. I did notice last night as the children went to bed and the adults exchanged gifts…. my children were laughing at the silliest things. I would watch their spouses have blank expressions wondering what was so funny. It was as if they were little children enjoying laughing together once again. It was sweet for me to watch. We were gathered in my living room and you could feel they didn’t want the moment to end.
What a blessed day! Thank you God for bringing them home!