Every day I am grateful to still be alive. Some days I am especially grateful. Today was one of those days.
I have a niece who I love very much. Her name is Katie Loveless. Today Katie was married in the Payson Temple. We were able to attend her wedding. I woke up this morning and thought how grateful I am to still be alive and to be able to see my niece married in the temple. The difficult thing for me is that about a year ago Katie's father passed away. He was so healthy but something went terrible wrong and he fell into a coma from which he never woke up. He was my dear friend and I miss him dearly. Today was his daughter's wedding. I found myself praying this morning that my brother in law, Randy, would be allowed to attend his daughter's wedding somehow. I so wanted him to be there and for my sister Marie to be aware that he was there. I had a distinct answer form in my head. It said simply "Of course he will be there, it would be very hard to keep him away" I believe that answer. As we sat at the wedding I had a very powerful impression that Randy was in the room with us witnessing his daughter's wedding. I was so grateful to feel his presence there on that wonderful day. Katie looked so happy and beautiful. Her new husband Jeff is wonderful. I am so grateful for him and how happy he makes me niece. I have spent almost a year writing a book called "Abigar Stories". They are a collection of stories that I told to my children and to Katie when they were growing up. I have made a special effort to finish that book before Katie was married so that I could gift it to her on the day of her wedding. I finished it yesterday. I told her I had written them down for her. She has the only copy in print. She began to cry. I hope that she loves reading it. I loved writing it because it reminded me of telling the stories to her the first time.