Say YES! to Faith.
FAITH is a demonstration of our trust in God and faith that He can help us in our trials. It is action. Concrete and clear. It is remembering what He has done for us.
The opposite of faith is fear. Fear that we cannot solve our problems on our own. We can’t. We are weak and or talents are not enough for us to face the problems of this world alone. We need to rely on Him and all will be made well. We will be given the strength to endure our afflictions and they may even be made light.
When I had my first miscarriage I was confused but not completely fearful. It was probably a random event. On my second miscarriage, I was a ball of fear. Why would this happen to me? After time, I realized that I couldn’t shoulder my doubt and fear by myself and I turned to Him. I learned to trust in the Lord.
A year and a half later after that happened, I became pregnant with Declan. It was quite the miracle and blessing. It doesn’t always happen that way- getting what you wait and hope for. And that’s okay. Heavenly Father’s Plan for us is bigger and better than our own. Even though we can’t see it.
We are waiting and hoping for another baby again. It will probably be through a foster to adopt program since it’s been 3 1/2 years since Declan was born and I’ve had another miscarriage since then.
I am choosing and I am trusting in God and in His love for me. He knows me. His plan is different than mine but it is beautiful and good.
I once had a posterboard where I wrote down all of my blessings we received as a family from God. Things like “Eric helped Josh load the truck” & “found a wonderful home to rent.” Oh, and “chocolate chip cookies on our doorstep (I love that one).”
When we moved, it didn’t come with us. I have learned that it is a direct act of faith to remember God and His acts of goodness towards us so that we won’t forget. As we remember Him and those tender mercies, our Faith is strengthened until it becomes so strong, it cannot be broken. I’ll be starting up the list again soon. Very, very soon.
I want to tell you a little bit more about myself. My name is Megan. I was born in Utah and lived in several different states but was mostly raised in Southern California. I attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. In the middle of my education, I took a 18 month break and served a mission in Bilbao, Spain for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I absolutely loved it and love the language, the land and the people.
A month before graduating from BYU and starting my first professional job as a 3rd grade teacher, I got married to Joshua Abbott in the Bountiful, Utah Temple. We had a whirlwind 6 month dating and courtship and we are a great match for each other.
We now have 5 children- a daughter who is 15 and 4 boys who are 13, 13, 11 and 3. I stay at home with my 3 yr old and teach piano lessons and share essential oils. My husband is a Jr High Math teacher, after having had other jobs as an Attorney and an Executive Director of a Research Center at ASU.
We live in Central California- in Paso Robles- and love it here. I love essential oils, swimming, reading, writing, playing the piano and playing with kids. Also, being healthy and trying to reduce any toxins that can come into our home.
Welcome to Hawaiian Sandalwood Dreamers! I’m so glad that you are here!
I’ve moved 9 times in the past 16 years as a married wife and Mother. Each time it has been crazy. Each time it gets a little better. We still do not own our own home and want to, so another move will be in the works in the next few years or so.
Here are a few tips that I have found extremely helpful:
- Start early: 6-8 weeks in advance. Start getting rid of all the stuff you don’t want to have in your new home/ stuff you haven’t used in over a year.
- Get strong, sturdy boxes. Fill them up all the way- putting pillows or towels on the top.
- Wrap your furniture in those plastic rolls you can buy- it really helps with any nicks and scratches!
- Get help the last week or so- you are going to need it!
- Leave your picture up on the wall until the last few days- it makes home still feel like a home.
This morning, I looked at my growing three year old and missed that baby stage. You know: cradling a small, warm baby in the crook of your arm with that newborn smell and the sweet spirit about them.
And I realized he will probably be my last. My last baby.
I don’t want to pamper him or spoil him- although I already do.
I DO want to cherish him, and enjoy him- play cars on the ground with, jump on one foot across the hall and back again, dip cookies in milk and make sure I soak up all those little moments.
Before he grows up.
And becomes a BIG KID.
Like his brothers and sister.
The weather has turned warm- 75 degrees here in Utah!- the flowers are starting to sprout out, the birds are chirping and we are opening our windows at night! What a wonderful time to have the weather be so great!
Life has been good. Josh’s bonus Grandmother passed away last week and so he traveled to St. George to be at her funeral. We would have gone too but my Mother was visiting and the kids did not really feel up to it.
I did get to hear parts of it broadcast live and it was so wonderful to hear! She was such an amazing Mother and Grandmother and Missionary- having served a mission in England with Josh’s Grandpa. I love her so much and if I become like her at the end of my life, then I will feel like my life is complete.
Lots of love,