Sunday, December 28, 2008

Count Your Many Blessings

There is a song in our hymn book that starts, "When upon life's billows your are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, Count your many blessings, name them one by one, and it will surprise you what the Lord hath done."

Today I have been feeling fairly tempest tossed. But, there has been one bright shining blessing that has been the light to see me through this day. Her name is Sabrina. Above she is standing next to a million pennies. There are more than a million reasons I love this little girl. Today I just want to record what an incredibly wonderful daughter she is to me and how incredibly grateful I am that of all the moms in the world, she got to come to me.

Sabrina is quick to obey and always willing to help her sisters even when I don't ask. She will volunteer to do another's task to keep the peace. She comforts her sisters when they get hurt. She will carry them to me in her arms. 

Sabrina is incredibly sensitive to the feelings and needs of those around her. She has a very tender heart and hates for others to be sad or lonely or in trouble. When I am sad she holds me and tells me it will be okay. She tells me angels are always watching over me and that I am not alone. She wipes away my tears and stays gently by my side. She has a mother's heart. 

When Sabrina was born, she was such a good and happy baby. I quickly realized how little parenting is responsible for how babies act. These little souls come with so much of themselves in tact. I had done nothing to make her good. She just was. I just hoped I wouldn't screw her up. 

I used to wonder how I got so lucky to get the baby who didn't cry, was giggly and happy. The one who fell asleep so easily and would sleep anywhere through any kind of noise. So many of my friends had more high maintenance babies.  As Sabrina has grown, she has continued to be easy to parent and generally a joy to have in our home. 

Today, I realized that she is truly a gift to me. The Lord knew I would have some dark days and He sent me a tender hearted, empathetic, angel of a daughter who would be old enough to comfort me through them in her simple child like ways. I count Sabrina as one of the greatest blessings of my life. She certainly blessed my life today. I love you forever and always my Saby. 


Blog Buddy said...

Love your post on counting blessings. My dad taught us this song for FHE one night...long ago. I feel tossed myself tonight, but I have an angel child also-Dakota, who is 15 and the kindest kid on the block. Even when my crazy 18 yr. old wants to defy me...Coda' will hug me and tell me everything will be okay. I do count him as a HUGE blessing-♥

Kathryn_m said...

I now have the melody of that beautiful hymn coursing through my mind .. it surely sends a great reminder.

As to Sabrina's beauty - both inside and out - it is true that all baby's are born with their very own temperment ... but as they grow and develop, Christian parenting/modeling plays a large part in nurturing such a loving and compassionate child.

I think that empathy is such an admirable trait - it is a gift that will serve her (and others) well throughout her life.

Bless you, Saby!

love 'n hugs,

Sarah Anne said...

I feel the exact same way about my Nolan. Thank you for putting your sentiments into words. What a sweet child. It is truly a blessing to have a tender-hearted child.

DEANNA said...

You little Saby sounds exactly like my Jax.

It seems like the Lord knows just what we will need and when we will need it.... long before we could ever realize it.

Your little lady is lucky to have a mom who realizes how important all the little traits are, when they are young!!

Wishing you more and more happy days and a wonderful New Year for your growing family!

Annalee Kelly said...

Hi Stephanie,
I read Elder Holland's talk "Christmas Comfort" over the holidays and even forwarded it to many non-member friends. I know you don't know me, but I thought of you when I read this. (Maybe you are already familiar with this talk?) It is powerful and as the title conveys, comforting. He shares very personal stories of family loss during the holidays. It was first published in "Shepherds, Why This Jubilee" Eagle Gate, 2000, p. 49-76
If you have trouble finding it, I would be happy to email it to you. Just leave a comment on my blog. God bless you.
God bless you.

Messy Jess said...

It is wonderful that you recognize her gifts and that you cherish her. I bet she says the same things about you...You have been a wonderful example for me through this blog world.

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful child she is.

I have just caught up on your posts as I have been away. Camille's tree looks beautiful (and I can see the little angel I sent too!).

I had another look at your baby boy picture too. How amazingly clear it is.

Love to you,


Mandi said...

Sweet post!! You have a wonderful daughter. :) The lord does know what we need, and who can help us in our times of need and trials, and disappointment.

Julene said...

I just love Sabrina. You are right, Sabrina is always smiling and happy. She is fun to be with. I am grateful I can be her aunt. My children enjoy having her around them. Thank you, Sabrina, for blessing our lives with your sweet personality!!
I love you,
Aunt Julene

Teresa said...

I have been following your blog for some time but felt I had to comment today because I have a special daughter just like the one in your post today. We were able to take her to the temple last night to get her endowments as she will be leaving on a mission in a few months. What special angels each of our children are in their own way. Thanks for being an inspiration to many!

nina said...

I truly believe that the Lord sends us our children to help us as much as we are called to help them. I received a blessing from my dad once where he said that he felt impressed to tell me that my oldest daughter had been sent to this earth help me to return to my Father in Heaven and to help me become the person that I needed to be. I had never thought of it that way. I had always thought that I was sent to teach her and guide her. But in reality she is probably a spiritual giant compared to me. And just because I was called to be her mother does not necessarily mean that I would teach her. I truly believe she was sent to teach me. It was nice to hear another mother have the same thoughts.