Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Finding Joy in the Moments

I look forward to General Conference every year! I love to hear the messages from our church leaders. It was especially exciting this year to listen to our new prophet speak, President Monson is a wonderful man. I also love conference because I get to stay in my pj's all day, Jared makes a yummy breakfast, and I get to snuggle with Jared, Maggie and Brandon. I was grateful for the message that Elder Ballard gave concerning mothers, particularly young mothers, like me. He said one of the four ways to find joy in being a mother is to find joy in the moments. I loved that thought. There really are so many moments in which we can find joy. So today I thought I would share a few with you. About a week ago while I was attempting to put Brandon to sleep for the night Jared came in and began to play and wrestle with Maggie. Maggie was delighted, but what made it such a wonderful moment was that Brandon was giggling at everything Maggie or Jared did, Brandon even giggled when they did not do anything, consequently Jared and I were laughing. This went on for about 45 min. It was so fun to play with the whole family at the end of the day, it made me think of the primary song "We are a Happy Family" and you know what, we are!
Last night I had another happy moment. Brandon has been refusing to take a bottle, I am flattered, :) but I am also tired of being on demand all the time, so Jared and I have been working on trying to convince Brandon that bottles are really not that bad. Well last night Brandon willingly drank one whole ounce from the bottle, now this may not seem like much, but for Brandon it was a great milestone, and for me a great moment!

On Saturday we went to my parents home to celebrate my dad's birthday. I love watching my sibling interact with Brandon. My teenage brothers are never too busy or cool to play with their nephew. While we were there my mom was holding Brandon up to the front windows. Brandon was thrilled to watch cars, people and animals pass by. It was a great moment to see how Brandon is becoming so aware of the big world around him.

So thank you Elder Ballard for your words of encouragement, love and insight. I will try harder to find joy in the moments, no matter how small they may be.


Nikole said...

Hi Michelle! It was fun to see your comment on my blog! Your little boy is darling. Thanks for the reminder of Elder Ballard's words. I wish I could get Addyson to take a bottle!:)

Kristen said...

beautiful! This post really made me think about all my little things, thanks for sharing your insight :) and those cubby little legs of his, i could just squeeze him!