Sunday, July 27, 2008

Over the past few weeks I have rediscovered how fragile life truly is. Life and death both are miracles. I have seen friends and loved ones leave this life in a blink of an eye; life forever changed. It is amazing to me to see how the world still goes round and that life continues forward no matter what happens. I have also seen how the people left behind have been strengthened so that they might continue on their journey one step at a time.

As loved ones leave this world, new friends and family enter this world full of life and love. As Keeli has entered my world I have been overcome with her spirit and purpose. Everyday I think about how I am so blessed to have her by my side today and how we never know how long we get to spend with each other.

President Thomas S. Monson in his recent Ensign article “May we so Live” stated beautifully, “How fragile life is, how certain death. We do not know when we will be required to leave this mortal existence. And so I ask, “What are we doing with today?” If we live only for tomorrow, we’ll eventually have a lot of empty yesterdays. Let us ask ourselves the questions: “Have I done any good in the world today? Have I helped anyone in need?””

I am awestruck to think I have been blessed with a beautiful baby girl, a wonderful husband, and a family who is always there for me. Each day truly is a gift and although I do not know why I am given the gift of life today and others are not, I do know that I want to fill my todays so tomorrow I will never have regrets. So today I watched Keeli sleep and looked into her beautiful face. I talked and laughed with my mom. I kissed my husband goodbye and made sure he knew I loved him.

As Thomas S. Monson says, “We can quicken our step, bolster our courage, and bask in the sunlight of truth. We can hear more clearly the laughter of little children. We can dry the tear of the weeping. We can comfort the dying by sharing the promise of eternal life. May we resolve from this day forward to fill our hearts with love. May we go the extra mile to include in our lives any who are lonely or downhearted or who are suffering in any way. May we “cheer up the sad and make someone feel glad.” May we live so that when that final summons is heard, we may have no serious regrets, no unfinished business, but will be able to say with the Apostle Paul, “I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith.””


Kristie said...

i love this. thank you so much for writing it.

Anonymous said...

Well said Laci! Thanks for sharing this past month with Dad and I for letting us be such a big part of welcoming Keeli into this world. We love you all very much and treasure our family ties that bind us together forever. Family is where it is at!

Brandon . Ash . Bennnett said...

I love this post. Thanks for your thoughts. :)
I would LOVE to take pics of Keeli when I get back to Utah!!! She is so cute and I am excited to meet her. I'm so glad to see you have a blog. I have recently discovered how wonderful this "updater" really is! I'll call you when I get back. Take care!
-Ashley C.

CAMI said...

Amen to that! And congrats on the beautiful new baby! Hope your doing well with her- it can be challenging- but completely rewarding.

The Seare Family said...

Hi Laci,
I got your address from Wendy. I really loved reading this post! Your daughter is beautiful. Congratulations!

Annette and Rick said...

Great words. I echo Mom's gratitude to you and your family. I hope you all feel better soon.

Laura Barnett said...

Laci- I didn't know you had a blog! I love it. I just went through and read a bunch of your past posts. I'm so grateful to have friends that inspire me to be a better person! Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :) I hope you and your family are doing well.