Monday, January 5, 2015

START of A BIG WEEK- back to BYU

This weekend was getting the kids (mostly McKay) read to start school today. We decided to head to City Creek to shop and have lunch at Blue Lemon. I cherish all the time I have with them. I love being with them and love our conversations. As you can probably see, Zach is with his girlfriend Kenadee a lot. I wish you could all meet this young woman. I have never been a fan or wanted my children to have "girlfriends/boyfriends" in high school. It just never was supported. About ten months ago, Zach met her at school and they became friends. She became such a light in his life and our family. I got to meet her entire family and we have bonded. It was the kind of friendship between these two that I felt strongly was important and I could support with "limits." Thankfully, her parents and I are equally in love with them and they both have helped each other. When Ty died, this amazing young lady and her family truly helped in ways that was simply MEANT to be. I had no idea how much Zach especially would need this support from her and her family. I think they must like him because they keep feeding and inviting him over. I will tell you that my heart is grateful for this amazing blessing in our life. No matter what the future holds for this two young people- it's the biggest blessing to have them as friends.
 I wanted to share this. I wanted to share how I feel. I was able to go to church yesterday and it's always my favorite meetings. Every  month on the first Sunday, our church worldwide has fast and testimony meeting during Sacrament. I started my fast the day before and choose to go without food and water for a day. I know it allows me to focus on "other things." I give the money I would have spent on food to help others. It really does humble me to go without food. Yesterday, was a special day in my heart. Anyone can get up and share their thoughts, feelings and testimony of Jesus Christ. I woke you in the morning and felt emotional. I told McKay that I was feeling that I had to share the experiences that I had had when Ty was dying that last week of his life. 

Of course, it's always hard to share YOUR private feelings and life with others. I just knew I have witnessed personally the closeness of the veil being so thin. I knew that Ty was going on and could see people. He was talking to them, he kept asking who people where with us. Of course, in my eyes, I could only see him and I. However, I KNEW so strongly that others were present to help him and take him home. I got up and shared these tender mercies and my love for the Savior. I know that heaven is real and so is our Heavenly Father on a very personal level. So for me... I knew I had to share this. 

I was also emotional to see McKay pack up and head back to college last night. I cherished her at church with the boys and I. It has been a quick three weeks of change for her and I could tell she didn't want to leave home. I told myself I was NOT going to cry until she left. She wanted photos together before she left. I love this of course!!!! 

I know that she will do great things. She can't decide on her major and she REALLY needs to now. She does want to minor in Spanish now since serving her mission. 

I came home and put on my BYU sweatshirt to support her. I am lucky enough that this is where I went to college too. I have the best memories from college. 

When she left, I walked her to her car and hugged her tightly. She drove to her dads home for a fathers blessing. I told her to call me as soon as she got to school and to her "new" home. I asked for photos since her best friend Josilyn and her boyfriend helped her move in. 

This is her room. She called me and told me that as she left she was crying and did not expect to cry. She did not want to leave me. I was touched by her tone in her voice. McKay was missing me already and missing the safety of home. She knows that home is where unconditional love is always found. I talked to her and told her I am willing to drop everything and be there with one phone call. As much as I hated to hear her miss us, I was so happy to know that she feels this way about her family. Isn't this what it really is all about?

I hope all of you at CHA will come meet my children this coming weekend. My kids can't wait and hopefully they won't get too bored when I talk at CHA on Friday morning. PS- I think they can't wait because they all want to head to Disneyland for the day after my talk. Now it's time to get to work and figure out all the last minute details for the trade show. I simply CANNOT wait. Yes, big things to share soon.

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At January 5, 2015 at 12:30 PM , Blogger Melissa said...

Hi Teresa,
I just wanted to drop you a little note and let you know that you are being thought of today. What a wonderful example and inspiration you are to myself and so many. My niece Torrey (Hermana Boley) served with McKay in Seattle...I can't wait to love on her in the spring when she's home.
You are loved!
Melissa Phillips

At January 5, 2015 at 2:21 PM , Anonymous Pam Makis said...

I so wish I could go to CHA and meet you in person, you are such an inspiration to me. You have a beautiful family and wonderful kids to help you thru the challenges of life. You amaze me how you can share your personal journey and feelings during your healing process, this is not something I think I could do. May God Bless you with all his riches.

At January 5, 2015 at 11:22 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

THANK you so much for commenting. I am truly touched. This means so much!

At January 6, 2015 at 4:45 AM , Blogger Kathy Jo said...

Blessing to all of you on your new adventures! :) Your love will get you through any thing!

At January 6, 2015 at 9:52 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck at CHA! Nice to see the smiles in the pictures! :)

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