When Wade and I were newly married, and he started his teaching career, we knew we wouldn’t have much money. But that was okay because teaching was what Wade had always wanted to do. We were happy. So, we took to heart the counsel of President Brigham Young. He said ” Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without.”
It was very wise counsel, because it has gotten us through some very tough times. Through several years of unemployment, really struggling to make it, our decision to follow the Prophet really blessed us. By not buying new things, sticking with what we had and not getting into debt, it made things MUCH easier than they would have been had we not already been in the mode of using what we had or going without.
So I wanted to share with you these words that we have lived by, and continue to. Maybe it will encourage you to know that you can make it, too!
I ran into a lady a while back, and she asked me how my family was doing. She said that she had been wanting to ask that for a while, but that she was afraid to ask. I just smiled and told her never to be afraid to ask. I told her she could ask me anything and that we love to talk about Laney.
So when one of my favorite people (listening to a prompting, I am sure) sent me this quote, I knew exactly what I needed to write today. It is amazing how it says exactly how I feel. So don’t think you are reminding us of something sad if you talk about Laney…we haven’t forgotten, and we like to hear how she lived. How she effected each of you. How much she loved life. How much she continues to live on through the legacy she left behind.
They announced the open house for our temple the day before Laney’s birthday. I am so excited! There are so many emotions running through me about it.
While our whole town has been excited about the temple being completed, it has special meaning for our family. When they broke ground, we went very early in the morning to get a seat as possible. The entire town had this hush and spirit that day that is difficult to describe. We got a chance to use the golden shovels and turn some of the dirt, too. And it was all amazing.
Ally, Laney and Addisyn waiting for the Angel Moroni to be put on the temple
Then last summer they put the Angel Moroni on top of the east spire. It was a day I couldn’t be there. But Laney took her two sisters and went down early to get a good seat. Her sisters had just had surgery on both of their feet a few weeks earlier and were in boots and wheel chairs. Yet Laney took them to this amazing, once in a lifetime event. She wanted them to be there and was so excited for them to be with her.
As we have watched the temple rise, I have such bittersweet emotions about it. Laney so was stinking excited about the temple. When she would pick me up at the bus station after work, she would point out every new thing that had been done each day. It was like a little girl in a candy shop, she was so excited. that is why the temple is such a prominent part of her memorial. I think about that every time I drive by the temple.
I wish so badly that she could be here to see it completed. She would undoubtedly have been the first in line to go through. But then I have to remind myself that she has already seen it. That she is still as excited as ever, and that it still means everything that it did to her while she was here. And knowing that brings me comfort.