This is more for journaling purposes than anything else. My mom passed away yesterday morning and it was a bittersweet time for me and my family. We're sad because she's gone, but happy because she's not in pain anymore and in a better place. I am so thankful for the gospel and the knowledge we have that there is life after death and that because of Christ and the Atonement and Resurrection we too can live again. I don't know how people who don't have this knowledge get through the hard times... this has definitely strengthened my testimony of the gospel and of the temple and the ordinances performed in there. I am so thankful that I had one of the best moms. As I got older she became one of my best friends and always knew what to say in any given situation that just somehow made me feel better. She was one of the best examples of service I've ever seen. As long as I can remember she's always been helping out somehow whether it was taking in meals when others were sick, or giving people rides to whatever appointments they had that day, etc. I never heard her complain. She would always say "treat others the way you want to be treated" and that's how she lived her life. She truly emulated charity, the pure love of Christ.
For Shyanne's preschool they did a Nativity Program including some Christmas songs. I didn't get to go, since I was sick in bed, but Nathan went and said Shyanne remembered her part and said it when it was her turn and did such a good job. Way to go Shyanne!
For awhile now Nathan has been drawing sketches of a solar water heater that he wants to build and today we went out looking for the things he needs to build it. After going to a couple of places we finally found the store we were looking for, or so we thought. They didn't have what we needed, but they called another location and reserved what we wanted. During this time we were looking around the store and found some rabbits. We thought they were so cute so we held them and... yup that's right we are now the proud owners of a brown and white bunny Shyanne affectionately named "Brownie". She is so excited to have her! On the drive home all she talked about is how she is going to take really good care of her and play with her.
A couple of days ago Shyanne and I were in the car running some errands and listening to Christmas music when I heard one of my favorite songs. I started singing along and when the song was over she told me that she now wanted a hippopotamus for Christmas. I had to explain that unfortunately a hippo is too big for Santa to put in the sleigh :)