Thursday, January 12, 2012

A Yearbook (Finally) and Baby Kevin's Song

8am: I read an email from my sister Natalie. She has sent me several emails this week filled with encouragement and advice. Her 4th child, our sweet little EmmaLee (who is now 6!) was born with DiGeorge Syndrome. She had to undergo major heart surgery at just a few days old and is our little miracle baby as she has overcome challenge after challenge. Her email today talked about the power of primary songs. She said while she was pregnant with EmmaLee her one year old daughter would often sing "I Love to See the Temple" to her. A day or two after EmmaLee's heart surgery my sister was sitting next to her wanting so badly for her to open her eyes to let her know she could hear her. It was then that she remembered the song and began to sing it to her. EmmaLee heard and opened her eyes long enough for her to finish the song. Natalie suggested we pick a song for Baby Kevin and I agreed, thinking I would talk to the kids about choosing a song for him.

11:10am I'm sitting on the floor in the bathroom. Kevin and I had been talking about how I'd held it together pretty good yesterday and this morning. He left the room and right then it hit me out of no where, but before the tears really started falling I hear my phone buzz and I get this message from Jackson...


I started to laugh so hard when I read it. I bought him a yearbook for his Junior Year and he never went and picked it up. I have been nagging him to pick it up since June. I am certain that some day he will be glad he has it but for now he could care less (he did the same thing to me his sophomore year--took him months to finally get it). So a few weeks ago my brother sent a check for Jackson and Dakota for some work they did at his rental house. I cashed it and kept $45 of Jackson's money and told him when he picked up his yearbook I'd give him the money. So today, the boy finally picked up that yearbook. He told me tonight that he doesn't have one signature on any of his yearbooks since the 9th grade and he was proud of it. Needless to say I was so grateful for the distraction!

11:25am I start blow drying my hair and a primary song pops into my head that I've been singing to myself and to Janie and Lilly for the last three days. I knew right then, that song is our Kevin's song. It's the perfect song for Baby Kevin and for our family. I had also been thinking about what our family theme and song should be for the 2012 year--I think it's perfect for both. So here it is...

The Church of Jesus Christ

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
I know who I am. I know God's Plan. I'll follow him in faith. I believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ I'll honor his name. I'll do what is right; Ill follow his light. His truth I will proclaim.