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Life is grand TODAY

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Originally published 8/9/07


"If there is a sin against life, it consists perhaps not so much in despairing of life as in hoping for another life and in eluding the implacable grandeur of this life." Albert Camus

This quote really sums up some of our thoughts lately.

Bryce and I want to enjoy what our life now has to offer. We're attempting to not constantly evaluate our lives from the view of what was "supposed to happen." This attempt is not always successful. It is hard to watch other babies, especially those related to us for some reason, and see that Caroline is already not even close to them developmentally - surprisingly hard actually. It is hard to hear sobering news about possibilities in Caroline's future almost weekly. It is hard to not be able to go out to the movies or the mall or whatever together as a family because her health is still so tenuous

That said, the less we dwell on what was "supposed to happen," the more we see the many blessings Caroline has offered us and will continue to give to us. We understand better that we all have physical, emotional, spiritual, and/or intellectual difficulties; Caroline's difficulties are simply more visible for now. That knowledge helps us to be more forgiving, understanding, and loving.

She has given us a whole new understanding of the scripture "Men are that they might have joy." She and all of us, no matter our shortcomings, have worth simply because we are God's children, have the capacity to be happy and the capacity to make others happy as well. We don't derive our worth from anything else - money, looks, fame, job titles, entrepreneurial endeavors, or political pursuits - only from our ability to love our Father in Heaven and to love and care for others no matter their station or ability.

It's hard to quantify all that our life is now because of her, but it certainly is uniquely grand and beautiful.

4 comments:

  1. Love your beautiful thoughts this day. In this last year you have become wise beyond your years as evidenced in these words you have written. Love you so much and your little family! I have to pop into your blog periodically and am so uplifted by Caroline smiling back at me and this morning by your words of wisdom. Love Grandma

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  2. This is Trisha Sheflo. I was glad to see your blog. We have a blog as well. http://thebrantinghamfam.blogspot.com
    I hope everything is going well. I enjoyed seeing the pictures of Caroline. I love her red hair. It is so pretty.

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  3. I'm so glad you reposted this. What you wrote is so beautiful and relevant. When this was first posted I only looked at it through your eyes and how it related to your family, but now re-reading it I see how it applies to everyone. It is very easy to look at your life and think what if this happened or that, but if we spend time thinking that way we are not appreciating or enjoying the blessing we do have. Thanks again for posting it. Love ya and your darling family!

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  4. Hi Kara - I finally got reply to work on my blog: ). Thank you for your thoughts - I'm glad it affected you the way it did. Love you and your fam so much!

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