right now this person is my cousin cindy. her story is beautiful. heartbreaking, inspiring, loving and yet so real. this morning i took a few minutes to catch up on her blog. it took everything i had to keep from crying at work. though cindy and i were never super close (her dad married my aunt a few years back) i have loved keeping up on holidays, through blogs, and facebook. but now i feel such an attachment to cindy, her sweet family and atticus.
the hansen family is truly a perfect example of faith, hope and love. you can read their story here. for some reason reading my cousins post today was just what i needed. too often i am selfish. looking inward and focusing on me and what i want and even more what i don't have but want. there is too much selfishness in the world. i want to be better, like my sweet cousin. i want to have faith like hers. when everything around you is hurting to still know and feel our saviors love. i want to work hard like cindy. she dedicated her life to sweet atticus. working so hard each day to keep him and the rest of her family happy and safe. i want to have that dedication in my family. to wake up each day and simply serve those around me.
so today. i am thinking of cindy. her strength. her faith. her desire to do good. i want to be like her.
today. i am sending all my love and prayers to this sweet family. and want to thank them for being an example to everyone around them. they have touched so many lives. even more then they know.
“Suffering is universal; how we react to suffering is individual. Suffering can take us one of two ways. It can be a strengthening and purifying experience combined with faith, or it can be a destructive force in our lives if we do not have the faith in the Lord’s atoning sacrifice. The purpose of suffering, however, is to build and strengthen us.” -Robert D. Hales