What a great weekend. Honestly, it was one I enjoyed so much I didn't want the week to start! Here's the run-down:
President Hinckley's funeral was wonderful. We opted not to go to the Stake Center with the four kiddies in tow --instead we all sat on the couch and watched it together. The kids did pretty well and paid attention. At one point I looked over and #1 was crying quietly. That touched my heart so deeply! It was kind of surreal to see the casket and watch the funeral procession to the cemetary. The speakers left me emotionally and spiritually drained; the videos of President Hinckley's life brought me to tears. It was such a wonderful way to bring closure to the thoughts that he won't be leading us anymore. (P.S. Did you read the news release about President Monson?)
Then Saturday night I got a rare treat --Girl's Night Out! (GNO) Wa-hoo! There was about 8 of us, and we went to see 27 Dresses. I went into the movie expecting a good, funny, and delightful chick-flick. I got exactly what I expected and so I left very happy. It was super cute. Oh, and Laura? My old roomie, Laura? Are you reading this? You look exactly like a brunette version of Katherine Heigl, did you know that? Holy cow! Anyway, after the movie, we went to the Moonstruck Chocolate Cafe, and I got this amazing mug of Mayan hot chocolate (with cinnamon and almond). Cue the chorus: Heaven! It was a great night, one that I need every once in a while.
Sunday brought some more comfort and peace --it was fast Sunday, and so, of course, there were a lot of testimonies about President Hinckley (which was very appropriate). It was such a great meeting that we didn't realize how late it was until the Bishop got up to close the meeting. How often does that happen? I'm usually the first to glance at the clock.
During the meeting, at one point, I also had a wonderful experience. Brandon and I are facing some difficult decisions right now, but in one silent moment, all my stress melted away, and I felt nothing but peace. I felt that Heavenly Father was very aware of us, and that He would guide us during our deicisons, just like He always has --I knew that He would take care of us, and since then, all I've felt is that continual peace. It's amazing to be able to face trials without fear. I think I'm finally starting to truly understand what can happen when we have enough faith. And it's a powerful, powerful feeling.
What a beautiful life I have. It's not perfect (holy cow, it's not!) and I have my dark days (stupid depression issues), but I'm grateful for the gift of gratitude; of optimism; of hope. I don't know how people get through their lives without that comfort. I just don't.
Okay, now it's your turn. Did you learn anything new this past weekend? Were you reminded of anything you had learned, but keep forgetting to apply to your life? (keep in mind this does not necessarily need to be spiritual). And if not, did you do anything fun?