Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Day 44 - {Zion in central Arkansas}

I'm still here! And everything's fine with the sweet baby (still kicking away in there)! I'm so sorry to have such a long break in my blogging. Things have been just a leetle too beezy. And there's not much sign of them slowing down! Only 19 more days till my scheduled C-section. . . .

Meanwhile, though, I want to keep writing and sharing with you the amazing blessings that we continue to receive. I am so grateful to my loving Heavenly Father! He is so good to us!

The next few posts will be "Days of Gratitude" posts, although they are a bit behind, chronologically. :)

So let me tell you about my awesome ward family (local congregation):

100 days of gratitude tag Did you know that the Promised Land is in Arkansas?

I didn't either, until we moved here! :)

Our ward is enormous geographically, taking up the entire county. You can drive from one end to the other in about an hour and a half. Compare that with our first ward in Utah after we were married, where it took up less than a city block, and we could walk to any member's home! There, the temple was a 10-minute walk away. Here in Arkansas, it's a 2 and 1/2 hour drive.

Though we have many good friends here of other faiths, the Mormon strain of Christianity is decidedly in the minority here. But the resulting bond between ward members here really makes us start to feel like family! Sunday mornings and Wednesday evenings are like mini-family reunions. :)

I love, love, love my Sisters in the ward here.

Let me show you what they did for us a few weeks ago. . . .


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My trunk as I left for home (not all of the gifts would fit--three are in the cab!)

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I love you so much, Sisters! Thank you for the wonderful shower for a 5th baby! Y'all are rockstars. :)


snbjork said...[Reply to comment]

Wow, what fun! Yes, you are blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful, kind, generous sisters. I don't have to wonder why they love you so much and want to spoil you and your family. You're awesome, Michelle! And you totally deserve every bit of attention, in my ever-so-humble opinion. =)

Becky said...[Reply to comment]

Now I understand why this past Sunday the Bishop asked us to move to Arkansas...

I'm grateful for my sister's sisters, who are so very loving.

Annalisa said...[Reply to comment]

Way cute baby shower! Congrats again.

Smiles to all.

llamitanan said...[Reply to comment]

I'm grateful for those wonderful sisters who are taking care of you and the sweet Baker boys--Chris included--since we are so far away! Looks and sounds like it was a delightful shower for little Rosemary Jane!

Andre said...[Reply to comment]

It's your fifth baby but your first girl. Definitely a reason for a shower. I'm so glad you have a great ward family there. Your ward boundary is huge! We can drive across our ward in about four minutes.

Thank goodness for the gospel. You have a family anywhere.