Friday, February 19, 2010

6 Things in 6 Months

What I have learned in 6 months of being a widow:

1. Life is so much more fun if you just let loose and live completely with no regrets. It builds confidence and gives you an exhilarating feeling to do what you want, when you want.

2. The Lord always answers prayers. I know we've always heard this but, it is SO true and I know that without a doubt. There have been so many times where I have had to pray to Heavenly Father and ask silly little questions because, I just didn't know what to do. And in HIS time, those prayers were answered.

3. I am incredibly blessed and grateful for everything that I have. Each night before I say my prayers - I sit there and think about my day. I have to pick out at least one thing that I am grateful for that day, that I can thank our Heavenly Father for. Even if it's the worst day possible, I still have to pick something out. Sometimes, it's something as simple as the store clerk smiling at me. But, I've found when I do this - I'm much more attentive to what the Lord blesses me with. 

4. EVERYTHING happens for a reason. There are no coincidences when the Lord is in control, and let's be honest when ISN'T He in control? So, everything that happens in your life - it's happening for a reason. You just need to have the faith to see it through and show Him that you trust Him. 

5. Service makes the world go 'round. Over the past six (plus!) months I have had so many people serve me and all it makes me want to do is turn around and serve others. It's a wonderful cycle that should never ever stop! I have a HUGE testimony of service and I think that it is something that is often forgotten, especially in the hustle and bustle of everyday life. 

6. I have the best friends anyone could ever ask for. I saw a sign today that said: "Good friends are like angels, you don't have to see them to know they are there." And that is all I need to say about my friends; new and old. You are amazing and I will never be able to express how much love and appreciation I have for you. 

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Six months ago today, Kameron passed away.

SIX MONTHS - can you believe it?! I'm in a little bit of a shock knowing that I've survived six months of this crazy new life, that I've grown to love. And a little worried that I have 6 more months to go before I can officially say I've been a widow for a year.

I'm grateful for what I have learned in the past 6 months. I am grateful for the type of person Heavenly Father has helped me to become. I know I have a long ways to go but, I am proud of the person I have become. And I know this may sound insane - but, I am grateful for the trials in my life. They have made me learn so much about myself and grow in ways I could never imagine. I am blessed with a wonderful new life that I wouldn't trade for anything. I am so grateful for the Holy Ghost ... for the peace and comfort it gives me, the knowledge it helps me receive and for the guidance that I get from it; I would be lost without the Holy Ghost.

I am blessed. Very, very blessed.

Yes, my life is hard but, who's isn't - really? We are all faced with challenges and we all overcome them in our own ways. 

I know my challenges in this life aren't over yet but, I DO know that everything is going to be okay.

It always is.

15 comments:

Emily Nicoll said...

your post was wonderful and I loved reading about how you have grown in the last 6 months! I love you and your wonderful example!

Ashley said...

love you honey.

Heather said...

BEAUTIFUL, Jami. Absolutely beautiful. Your faith is inspiring, and it's obvious that Heavenly Father's plan is to mold you to be more like Him and His Son is definitely working. :)

Also, I loved #3. I'm going to incorporate that in my life.

Tamara said...

I know that Kameron is proud of the woman you have become...so faithful and full of life all over again! You know he's smiling down on you and Kason all the time! Isn't it great to know that this life is only temporary? We love you, and are thinking of you. I know you've had a rough six months....but things sure did turn out well. You're in school, you've got good health, a family and friends that adore you, and someone above more than just our Father and older Brother who is watching over you and cheering you on.

Ginny said...

Jami you are really so amazing! You have taught me so much through these past couple of months!! Youre courage and strength has been such an awesome reminder to me to never take life for granted! Thank you :)

JR and Steph said...

Jami I LOVE this post. You are awesome!!

The Welker Family said...

thanks for the "pick me up" your optimism is always uplifting!

Sarah Pace said...

you are such a strong person jamie! thank you for reminding me what i tend to forget! you give me strenght, i want you to know that! Thank You!
Good luck surviving the rest of the day =)

Lindsey said...

You attitude continues to amaze me on the daily basis!

Franknkaren said...

Thanks for always sharing Jami! You are seriously so impressive to me.

Clint and Tiffany said...

Wow, Jami. That was an awesome post! I'm SO glad that you are enjoying life, despite your trials. I'll have to try that prayer thing, sounds like a great way to be more observant of the good in life. I can't believe it's been 6 months already, and you are right - you are so strong and such an example to everyone of who we should try to be. Keep smiling and squeeze on your little man for me!

kmelanese said...

Wow! Six months! You are so strong! I admire you so much for taking one of the worst things happen to you and you turn it into a learning expeience! Keep tugging a long!! <3 you!!

the weird neills said...

I just wanted to say that Karen had her baby Kameron last night. I thought it was so appropriate and lovely that it happened on that day. Hopefully little Kameron grows up to be as good of a man as his namesake was.

J2AK said...

Jami,
I am so proud of you! You are doing so well! You are such a great example and we think of you often. Thank you for sharing your deepest thoughts. Hope everything continues to go well for you, and that you're always happy! Take care! :)

Kara, Garrick, Rylee and Jadyn said...

You are an amazing woman, Jami! I really like #3 on our list, such a great idea! (i like your whole list though, especially #6 too because I am totally at the top of that list! haha, jk jk!) :)
Anyways, I love you girl and way to go on not just surviving the last 6 months but LIVING them!

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