Saturday, May 30, 2009

Gratitude

I am so lucky. I am so very blessed. I want you all to know that your kind words, hugs, gifts, dinners, offers of help and love are so appreciated. I check this computer thing multiple times each day. Today I apologized to David for always being on the computer. I told him that I check it so often because your kindness and expressions of hope and love give me strength and encouragement. Thank you for your emails and comments on our blog and on Facebook. I really do rely on them and appreciate them. Please keep them coming! It is nice to know I have so many people that care for me and my family.

A few weeks ago I was complaining to David that I really wasn't serving everyone enough. I felt that I was too absorbed in my own world of kids and their school craziness, of my own school responsibilities and then just the day-to-day obligations of being a wife and mother. I felt like I wasn't doing enough to help others. I was saying to David that no one would miss me - except him and the kiddos....I know, I know - so not true. Because of these feelings I was determined that after my school was finished I would spend the summer teaching my kids about service by showing them how to find ways to serve. I didn't realize that I would be spending my summer teaching them about service by giving others the opportunity to serve us. You are all a great example to me and I hope that you know how much we love and appreciate all you are doing for our family.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

You and your family have constantly been in my thoughts and prayers lately.
Gretchen

Tami said...

Brent and I laughed when we read that you thought you didn't serve enough... The service you give your kids alone is probably more than most give in a lifetime! And if anyone can keep a positive attitude through something like this - it's you.

We're so proud of you and David and how full of faith you are. And I'm not letting some dumb old cancer keep me from hoping to see your whole fam in Yosemite. Our kids can't wait to play with yours.

Orange Peanut said...

Kaci,

I am reading your words and am in tears, but so impressed with your focus and courage! You and your family are in my prayers!

Shooting Starchild said...

I'm in tears too. And I don't know what you're talking about not serving enough. You were one of my first friends after we moved into the ward and you totally dropped everything to come teach class with me that one Sunday.

Being the one to receive service can just as challenging as giving service. I think you'll do a great job teaching your kids about both sides of service this summer.

Joanne said...

I thought the same thing when reading this post..."Is she kidding?" That woman is all about serving others!! :) With that said, I remember when I was going through my divorce and so many people helped me. My visiting teachers babysat Dylan when ever I needed it, the church paid for hours of couseling through social services, susi was constantly helping me with Dylan and my emotional state. I remember feeling almost guilty that I wasn't doing anything to help others. I felt like all I was doing was taking, taking, taking. My mom assured me that there would come a time that I would be able to give back but now it was my turn to accept the help and give other people the opportunity to serve. You too will have the opportunity to serve others the way you want again but for now you get to be the one on the recieving end :) You deserve it!!

Anonymous said...

Kaci
Its really hard to be on the recieving end of the service especially when you are a do it all yourself kind of person :) but it is important to remeber that others need that opportunity to serve. You do lots for others and its ok to let others help you. this is one time when you can be selfish with the "ME" time. I love you!!! Be strong and hug those beautiful kids!!!!!
AMY

Anonymous said...

Your attitude is so humbling, your determination so inspiring! You are serving all of us who read your words by demonstrating true grace and faith.
I don't even know you and I feel that I have been changed forever in my heart. You and your family are and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers and you fight your fight. God is with you, and with Him all things are possible.
Jill