Have you ever been able to look back and see that you were prepared for something?
I look back over my young years and then moving away from home right after high school and then moving back home and then ~viola~ I go on a mission. And I had been prepared for it.
I look back over my single years. I was in a singles ward, I went to school, I worked full time, I had good friends, I traveled, I wanted to get married. Then I dated a couple of, well, strange-lings, and I decided that I would always be single if that's what was left for an almost 28 year old. I told my parents that I was finished with dating and began making plans for going back to school, changing my job and working in the temple. Then I met Daniel and I married him. And I had been prepared for it.
I look back over the time we were having kids. The pregnancies that could have taken my life. I know it sounds dramatic, but pregnancy and I are literally mortal enemies. Then my OB said that if I had another pregnancy Daniel's second wife would be raising my kids, so I had a tubal ligation. Then I found an adoption agency. And I had been prepared for it.
I look back over the time we spent looking at the Marshall Islands to adopt the rest of our family. Everything we did, everywhere we went, everyone we spoke with, led us to the Marshall Islands. While we waited for our US approval to adopt an orphan from the Marshall Islands, the Islands shut down any further adoptions from their country. Our agency suggested China. Then we got to go and adopt our daughter. And I had been prepared for it.
I look back over the time spent with my brother Aaron. He was my little buddy. We spent so much time together before Daniel and I met. When Sam was born, he came to the NICU with my mom and dad to see Sam. We have video of him standing at the window and waving to us. Then 16 days after Sam was born, Aaron died. And I had been prepared for it.
I look back over the many years we spent waiting and longing for another child to join our family. Priesthood blessings, time spent in the temple, pleading prayers, never knowing when, experiencing a failed adoption and then, in answer to our pleas, we pulled paperwork from both agencies and chose to be parents to 3. Then we have been able to focus so intensely on our 3 during some rough patches in each of their young lives. And I had been prepared for it.
I look back over people I've met, friends I've made, callings I've had and decisions that have needed to be made. I had been prepared for every one. I was just called as the Relief Society President in our newly made ward. I am looking forward to serving such amazing sisters. I met many yesterday and am so so so excited to get to know them all and serve them!! Then I will experience sorrow, joy, hope, frustration and I will laugh, I will cry and I will grieve. And I know that I will have been prepared for all of it.