2. We looked out the back window early last week to discover Joey teaching Cami how to play football. It wasn't long before there was an audience cheering her on. She got sillier and sillier the more we watched.
3. We loved watching and listening to General Conference this past weekend, and the kids loved their snacks and treats, of course. Michael and Eliza brought down a whole slew of Legos to play with while they listened.
4. Speaking of Conference, it was a wonderful soul-filling weekend with so much for me to ponder on. My favorite talk, given this stage of my life, was Elder Holland's about motherhood. I need to take a few days just to consider it all.
These are powerful, heartening messianic words. They convey help and hope for safe movement from where we are to where we need to be—but cannot get without assistance. These words also connote burden, struggle, and fatigue—words most appropriate in describing the mission of Him who, at unspeakable cost, lifts us up when we have fallen, carries us forward when strength is gone, delivers us safely home when safety seems far beyond our reach. . . But can you hear in this language another arena of human endeavor in which we use words like and and and ? As Jesus said to John while in the very act of Atonement, so He says to us all, “Behold thy mother!”6
Today I declare from this pulpit what has been said here before: that no love in mortality comes closer to approximating the pure love of Jesus Christ than the selfless love a devoted mother has for her child. When Isaiah, speaking messianically, wanted to convey Jehovah’s love, he invoked the image of a mother’s devotion. “Can a woman forget her sucking child?” he asks. How absurd, he implies, though not as absurd as thinking Christ will ever forget us.75. My husband's been working like a madman this past week, with a bit of a crisis he's had to deal with. So that just makes moments like these even more precious.
6. Benji continues to be the center of attention around here. We love him!
Now, if she were only so enthusiastic and helpful about sweeping the floors, folding laundry, and doing the dishes . . .