On My Mind: Reflections & A Look Forward

Christmas is over and I find myself wondering where it went. It seems that in all the hustle and bustle of it all, it leaves so quickly and somehow becomes just a memory. I always promise myself that next year I will not do as much so I can sit back and enjoy, but it seems that it never happens. Maybe next year?

This time of year brings  magic and delight to life, and, I won’t lie…I love every moment of it. The sounds, the smells, the sights, the feelings, all of it brings joy to my heart. This year, I have truly enjoyed reflecting on the birth of the Savior as the holiday came and went. My heart has been filled to overflowing as I have considered the birth of He who has become so vital to my life, and I have greater appreciation for all who played a role in the story of His humble beginnings: Mary, who lived in such an awe-inspiring way that she could be worthy to be the mother of the Son of God; Joseph, who accepted the call to be the earthly guardian of Jesus Christ and who did all in his power to make the Savior’s entry into the world as comfortable as possible; the shepherds who heard great things from an angel and then went with haste, doubting nothing, and hesitating not to see the Christ child in a far-from-ideal setting; and, even the wise men who brought gifts of great worth to this holy family, celebrating the arrival of He who would change the lives of all who had and would live. Undoubtedly there are more who were present that peaceful night, who I recognize as being fortunate to have witnessed such a life-altering event.

I hope that your Christmas was filled with good things and opportunities to consider and ponder how the story of Christ’s birth can bring greater meaning and purpose to each of your lives. How grateful I am for my Savior. To Him I look for strength, peace, and greater understanding of life.

As I look forward to this new year, I see great things in store! I have never been one to create a list of resolutions; mostly I just want to improve myself and see that life can only become better. Of course I look to the publication of my book in February. Words cannot describe how wonderful it will be to see it on shelves and to know that the time has finally come for it to be in your hands and read by your eyes. As many of you know, it has been a long time in coming!

I look forward to interacting more with each of you…through writing, sharing, and visiting with you. The way is being paved for forums and small discussions, more Think & Share opportunities, and chances to laugh together. I can’t wait!!

I look forward to seeing infertility through new eyes. Some might ask…you have dealt with infertility so long, could you really learn any more or can your perspective really change? The answer: a resounding YES! I am not ashamed to admit that I have a problem…I have infertility on the brain. Some might even say I am obsessed. And, I am okay with that. I am always learning about infertility and considering new ways to understand it and to make sense of it. Each of you offer me a new perspective and, as I brush shoulders with you, my mind and heart are constantly changing. So, indeed I look forward to growing and expanding in understanding infertility and sharing my “findings” with you.

I know there are great things in store for each of you. I look forward to hearing this year’s chapter to your stories—filled with emotions from both ends of the spectrum. During 2010, there will be some of you who find out the reason for your infertility, others who decide which treatment to entertain, others who decide adoption is the route to take. Others of you will find a way to share your suffering with a friend or a family member. You might even find a chance to help a friend. And, others will find a deeper strength granted to them as they rely on the Savior. My hope is that each of us will make a commitment to consider how we can increase our devotion to Him so that we can enjoy feelings of peace beyond measure and direction in a world of confusion.

Together, let’s look forward to a year of growing, befriending, learning, and becoming!

Goodbye 2009…Hello 2010!!


28 December 2009


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