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My Ecosystem

Baby Maggie is doing well.  Nothing of concern at our ultrasound on Friday.  We go back again next week.  The doctors want us to continue with weekly appointments.  As the uterus grows, so do the risks for preterm labor.  We've made it to week 30!  The average length of gestation for a mom who has the surgery is 34 weeks.

I watched part of the Children's Miracle Network telethon yesterday.  Those stories make me tear up and put life in perspective!  We love Primary Children's Hospital and also Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston.  They are miracle workers!

I went to church today with the kids for the first time in...well, probably months.  Matt goes to church meetings early in the morning, so I had a friend come over and help us.  She did the girls hair, made waffles, washed dishes and got everything ready for church. Then we loaded up the wheel chairs and headed out.  

Sitting in the congregation reminded me of a devotional that Elder Marlin K. Jensen gave last month.  He talked about the Sacred Grove.  One of the lessons the Sacred Grove teaches is that trees are best grown in forests, not isolation.  The grove is an ecosystem of flowers, bushes, trees, fungi, birds, rodents and other creations.  They all rely on one another.  Elder Jensen says, "God's plan for our lives contemplates a similar interconnectedness and sociality.  We are to work out our salvation together, not in isolation."  I'm grateful to belong to an ecosystem (my ward) where much is given and much is expected.  It's what makes it a sacred place of growth and learning.

My brother, Brigham, took this picture of the Sacred Grove.


  1. Anyone would LOVE to be part of your ecosystem! Glad things are going well...keep it up baby Maggie!!

  2. Tell your friend great job on the girls' hair. And Kate's testimony was awesome!

  3. Glad things are doing well. You & your family are still in our prayers. Camron is always coming home from your ward telling me how cool and amazing the ward is. I am glad they are there to take care of you. What a beautiful picture your borther took of the Scared Grove. It is a lovely place to visit.

  4. That must have been a wonderful devotional--it's a very lovely thought to ponder. Too often we feel alone (I know I do), but we're really not.

    I'm so glad that Maggie is doing well! I think of you often!

  5. Thank you for sharing a gospel perspective that I've never thought of. I love when people share what they've learned through the Spirit.
    Yeah! 30 weeks!

  6. Love your family with all my Heart!! What you are doing is challenging, but you all will come through this triumphant!


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