The best part is that he was patient, fun, and happy the entire day. He didn't do any of this to earn "points" from me; he did it because he is a great father. It made me think of that saying, "The most important things in life are not things." As a result, Macy's room is still blue with dark blue racing stripes, our windows are still naked, and the floors are filthy. But, my children have memories that will last forever and they know how much their Dad loves them! It brings tears to my eyes just writing about it. Greg, thank you so much for this example. I love you, and you teach me more than you realize.
Jen posted a quote from Elder Holland from the World Wide Leadership Training a couple of weeks ago. I stole her quote (thanks, Jen) because all of her thoughts have really made me ponder what is most important in this life.
Elder Holland: "I’ve often thought, and I’ve said to my own children, that those parents who kept going past Chimney Rock and past Martin’s Cove (and sometimes didn’t get farther than that) and those little graves that are dotted all across the historic landscape of this Church—they didn’t do that for a program, they didn’t do it for a social, they did it because the faith of the gospel of Jesus Christ was in their soul, it was in the marrow of their bones. That’s the only way those mothers could bury that baby in a breadbox and move on and say, “The promised land is out there somewhere. We’re going to make it to the valley.” Well, that’s because of covenants and doctrine and faith and revelation and spirit. If we can keep that in our families and in the Church, maybe a lot of other things start to take care of themselves. Maybe a lot of other things sort of fall off the wagon. I’m told those handcarts could only take so much. They had to choose what they took. And maybe the 21st century will drive us to decide, “What can we put on this handcart?” It’s the substance of our soul; it’s the stuff right down in the marrow of our bones. We’ll have blessed family and Church if we can cling to the revelations."
After this quote, Jen posted the question, "What would you throw off the handcart?" After watching Greg with our children on Monday, it is apparent to me that he understands what is most important.