Sunday, June 14, 2015

Gratitude- June 14, 2015

I am afraid that my last two posts seemed like there was little going on or that I was really down.  Neither was true.  Out of respect, I just couldn't write the week our Sisters were in their crash.  The next week was very busy and my computer had to be replaced.  I am still learning how to navigate on the new computer.  So, no worries!

On June 4 we were blessed with another little granddaughter!
 Her name is Lillie.  She is Raf and Megan's newest addition.  Seems like Zeke is quite smitten with her!

The girls are catching up!  I now have three wonderful little grandsons and two adorable little granddaughters.  Both of my granddaughters were born while we have been on our mission.

I am so grateful to be able to be a grandmother.  I didn't do anything hard and still get lots of congratulations!  I am grateful for all of my children and the efforts they make to help these little ones grow up well.

It has been a rough time for Dixons in many ways.  Our car in Utah is a Prius and we had to have the battery replaced.  Ever since they did that, it has had MAJOR problems. It has been in the shop for about 4 weeks of the last 6.   My computer and printer both died.  And our brave little Titan had to have his tonsils out and now has some painful, itchy skin condition.

I am reminded of a story I heard a few years back that seems appropriate.

'Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. 
When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, "Things aren't always what they seem." 
The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night's rest. 
When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. 
The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel, "How could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him. The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die." 
"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied. "When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it." 
"Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren't always what they seem." 

Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you need to trust that the outcome has a purpose. You just might not know it until some time later... '

I am certain there is some purpose in all of the difficulties, but I do not always immediately see it.  I pray that I may have the patience to wait and the ability to see the Lord's plan.

The mission has been incredibly busy.  The transition to the office has been a harder one than I expected.  It has made me appreciate all that the Jessens did even more.  They ran things so smoothly and so well.  We have had a bunch of things we have to redo when we do it incorrectly.  I wish we were more like the Jessens!

And on top of learning this new calling, we are also becoming an "I-Pad Mission".  The blessings for the missionaries of being able to use I-pads are tremendous.  The missionaries are able to access on-line resources to do their reports, to send their e-mails, to show church videos or conference talks and a whole lot more.  Like every new system, we have some little issues to work through, but they do take time.  Next, we are also changing phones.

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