Tonight, I sent the boys off to the Fathers and Sons Camp-out/Priesthood commemoration. But before I sent them off, I baked them a couple dozen chocolate chip oatmeal cookies, and at the last minute, I pleaded for a blessing.
I felt a little silly asking for one, because it seems sort of trivial. I've been stuffed up for two days now and nothing has alleviated it. This means I can't sleep, and it's difficult to eat or read stories to the girls...because I have to breathe out of my mouth. Sounds small, but it was interrupting things and knowing Steve would be gone this weekend at the camp-out, I didn't want to risk feeling this way without any help.
So I asked. (Mama always said, "You don't ask, you don't get.") And I got.
What I got was a blessing of healing, but also a blessing of guidance, a blessing for wisdom about what it means to bear a child in this world, a blessing for increased revelation for all of our children.
After that beautiful blessing, we had a family hug. Scarlett asked me if I had felt the Spirit, and I said yes. Guy asked, "Then why aren't you crying?" We laughed and explained that you don't always cry when you feel the spirit. :)
We waved to the boys and I ran out and gave Guy one of these bracelets that I made for him to wear over the weekend. He tried it on and then had second thoughts about it, I think because wearing bracelets seemed like a "girl-thing." But then Steve took one and showed Guy that real men can wear a gift from their Mama and not feel ashamed! :) After seeing Steve put his on, Guy took his back again. :)
I walked back into the house and suddenly noticed that I was breathing freely again through my nose...no more suffocating stuffiness! And THEN I started to cry.
I cried knowing already that I had received a powerful blessing, delivered by a man who worthily bears the Priesthood of the Lord. I bear God's children. Steve bears the power to bless those children (and me). Together, we do the work of the Lord in our little family.
It it truly a blessing to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints....which makes the fullness of the everlasting gospel of Jesus Christ and his priesthood available to each one of us.
Have a great weekend!