I want to call my sister, but then I would cry. Or she would cry. I know my mom would cry. Sadness, no – not sadness. I am not sad, I am actually feeling quite peaceful and content.
I just came home from a worldwide broadcast. I am a member of the oldest and largest women’s organization on the planet. The Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It is a marvelous organization – supporting women in all of our many roles, promoting literacy and education, providing all levels of service around the world and next door…
Twice a year we have a worldwide broadcast. Tonight was my first in Texas. I know that my sisters, mothers, daughters and friends… scattered as we are… we all hearing the same inspiring instruction.
|Sister Farewell 2015|
I was reflecting on my first broadcast in Washington. It was the end of September 2001, Jackie had just turned five years old and I brought her along because I had lived there just under three months and didn’t really know anyone. I remember spotting a few women I knew, but they were busy with one another. Instead I spoke to complete strangers and knew it would get better.
September 2015 … I was out of town and listened to the broadcast with my daughters. I was relieved because I knew I would have been sad to join in with my many friends for the last time. When my sister moved to Washington we used to take turns attending one another’s buildings. There was always a friend to invite – and then go out to eat with later. Always, I could look around and find a room full of women that I love.
|Farewell to Oregon Nov 2015|
I have been here just over three months. I am new and I find myself older and quite content to watch the women interacting – all without feeling lonely. I am happy to see friends greeting each other. Tonight I had friends as well. I have met some of the most amazing women, it is a privilege to know them. I know that it is just a matter of time before I can look around and find a room full of friends again.
|Nov 2015 – Farewell to Washington|
Yesterday there was no school and I needed an adventure. David, Kimberly and I headed out to explore and ended up in Palestine, TX. There is Dogwood festival and we saw some of the most beautiful country! We saw rhododendrons in bloom – evergreen trees – hills – I loved it. I also loved the flat open country as we drew closer to Dallas. So much sky – and Sunshine! As I drove I contemplated how I could love this country so soon, especially when it is so different from my beloved northwest.
Why would I question it? I have a deep love for many areas of this country. Who would have thought I would ever be grateful for moving around as a child?
1991 – Nathan was born and I didn’t know that I could ever love another human being as much as I loved him… then the children kept coming and the love kept growing. I guess it is the same with places that we live. They are all different, but we can love them all.
And friends. I love so many friends… from high school, college, California, Oregon, Washington, and now it begins in Texas.
This must be one of Life’s greatest (and sweetest) lessons.
|Feb 2016 –
Welcome to Texas
Ok – as I speak of Texas… this is all in spite of the fact that, although it is a clear, warm night— it sounds like a hailstorm outside. This is because these rather repulsive flying beetles of some sort of bombarding it trying to get to my light. I hope they hit it so hard that they die… there must be thousands of them and I find it more than a little nauseating… I think I saw their larvae in the ground while digging in my yard the other day. They fell off my car when we parked in the garage tonight. Ummmmm, this is going to take some getting used to…