- Hogs: 4. 2 gilts, 2 barrows. Weighing 83, 81, 77, 71 lbs.
- Chicks: 19. Probably hens. Previously cute fluff balls. Currently awkward, gangling adolescents
- Lambs: 3. 2 ewe lambs, 1 ram lamb. Black. Adorable. ADORABLE!!!
- Garden: Peas, spinach, radishes, lettuce, beets, and carrots planted and visible above ground.
- Trees: Trimmed. Popcorn was popping on the apricot tree. Peach tree currently in full bloom.
- Children: 4. Alive and well. Healthy and happy. And sassy.
- Parents: Alive and...well....mostly healthy, usually happy and very sassy.
Blossoms and babies, lambs and lettuce, pigs and peas, chicks and Chacos....and California cousins! Here is our spring inventory:
About six weeks ago I found myself in an awful dilemma in an awful storm and I felt awful (VERY!). Due to a mistake that was entirely my own, I was wet and cold and tired. Worse yet, my mistake caused 80 innocent people, people who trustingly followed me, to be wet and cold and tired as well. In the moment I was helpless and hopeless. There was nothing I could do to save myself or the innocents I caused to suffer. Yep, I felt awful.
Then, miraculously, two yellow school buses appeared. They opened their doors and delivered us from the storm.
I did nothing to merit our rescue. I did not pay any money; I did not pull any favors. The people responsible for the buses owed me nothing; they served us solely because they were good and we were in need. Thanks to their goodness, mercy and compassion, a service was provided for me (and those I had hurt) that I could not do for myself or for them. Free. Unmerited.
About two weeks ago, traveling back from my bike adventure in Mesquite, I again encountered a snow storm. This time I was in a car so being cold and wet was not an issue (though I was very definitely tired…) but I found myself again dealing with driving snow and low visibility. Conditions were not ideal. I reduced my speed to less than half the posted limit and crawled cautiously up the interstate.
With both hands gripping the steering wheel and both eyes focused on the road, my mind meandered to my youth. I remembered my father’s storm-driving advice. “If you can,” he said, “follow a bus in a storm. Because they are heavy with a low center of gravity they travel well in storms. Follow a bus and let it lead you to safety.”
Within minutes a yellow school bus passed me. I tucked in behind it and it led me safely home.
School buses…..rescued me when I was helpless and hopeless……eased my suffering and the suffering of those I caused to suffer…..did for me what I could not do for myself……..gave me a free, unmerited gift………...and guided me safely home.
Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ rescues us when we are helpless and hopeless. He can deliver us from life’s storms. Through His infinite atonement He did for us what we cannot do for ourselves; He broke the binding bands of death and paid the price justice demands for the eternal laws we break and the heartache we create. Because He suffered “pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind” He is filled with mercy and He knows “according to the flesh...how to succor his people according to their infirmities.” (Alma 7:11-12) As our Creator, He has already given us everything; He owes us nothing yet He gives us access to all things. His gift is free and unmerited. And, if we follow Him, He will guide us back home to a glorious place where we can live again with Him and His Father and our families forever and ever.
I am grateful for school buses. I am much, MUCH more grateful for Jesus Christ. This Easter season may our hearts be filled with gratitude for Jesus Christ and His precious, priceless gift. And, even more importantly, may we all follow Him home.