As our lives are getting ready for some big changes, in more ways than one and so are several of our friends and families. And after reading a few different things about the trials of life and of difficult children, children with different needs, and children in general. I hope that we all remember that non of our trials come close to that of Christs. He went through it all for us, to make it easier on us. We are given trials to learn and grow from. We need these trials, more than they need us. A borrowed quote from my wonderful sister in law:
"A sweet and obedient child will enroll a father or mother only in Parenting 101. If you are blessed with a child who tests your patience to the nth degree, you will be enrolled in Parenting 505. Rather than wonder what you might have done wrong in the premortal life to be so deserving, you might consider the more challenging child a blessing and opportunity to become more godlike yourself. With which child will your patience, long-suffering, and other Christlike virtues most likely be tested, developed, and refined? Could it be possible that you need this child as much as this child needs you?" -Elder Lynn G. Robbins
I think that all our trials in life can be looked at like this. We may not know at the time why, but we are learning and growing with every new challenge that comes our way. Not only do others need us to do these things, face these challenges so they know how to do it themselves, we need to face them to grow and learn and be worthy of Heavenly Father.
I hope that I can remember this when I am facing our upcoming challenges! (I prefer the word challenge to trial) So here it is- our plan for our near future!
We will be leaving the sunny state of Florida this mid-Sept. and head to Colorado. We are both sad and happy about this. We will miss our wonderful friends and the area, but look forward to our new location and being closer to family. Our plan is to drive there, look for a house for a day or two and then head up to Idaho to be there for Dustin's baby brothers Mission Welcome home! We will be in Idaho for about a week and a half before we head back to Co and get settled the first of Oct. Then the kids will get into a new school and we will unpack and get ready for this new baby girls arrival! Which will be in November. I am due the 24th, Thanksgiving Day, but hope she arrives 10 days early like her sisters both did. (Not so sure it would be fun to share a birthday with a holiday!) But only time will tell! We are then hoping to go home to Idaho for Christmas and to Bless Baby Girl. (She will have a name soon I hope! I will not go to the hospital to have her without one!!! No Baby Girl Rolfe on her birth certificate!!!) Well- there it is, our plan for the rest of the year! Crazy! It doesn't sound so bad when stated like that! Course that doesn't include all the details of what has to be done either... like I said, our challenges await to make us stronger! Speaking of- come next April, I will be more than welcome to any visitors for the following year, since it looks like Dustin will be deployed, so mark you calendars!!!
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