Thursday, February 12, 2009

There is a plan.

On Wednesday night Riley was doing dishes, Jon was at the counter cleaning a gun, Preston was clearing the table and I was folding clothes. Riley all the sudden says, “Mom, I have a question.” I say okay what’s up. She said, “What if there is not a Heaven? Do you know there is a Heaven? What if there’s not?” I told her that I know in my heart that there is a heaven. We went on to talk about faith and God. We talked about the pre-existence, the war in Heaven and our purpose here in life. We even talked about Hell. She and Preston wanted to know where Heaven was and what was it like there. Jon and I each said what we thought it was like. Riley asked if the spirits of the people we know were right around us. Jon said he thought they were too busy to hang out with us. I told her I thought for sure her mom came down to check on them to make sure they were making good choices and to make sure I was taking good care of them. She asked if I felt Dana around me. I told her the truth. That Dana had not been around for a long time because her dad took such good care of me and makes me happy all of the time. I told her I thought when her dad got to Heaven that Dana would walk up to her dad and thank him for taking care of me and making me so happy. She looked at me and said, “My mom will thank you too.”

16 comments:

Hopie said...

Perfect!!!

Trina said...

Awww...that is so sweet. Thanks for making me teary eyed.

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The Kohler Family said...

That is so sweet!

Plain Jame said...

OOOOOOOOOOOooooooohhhh seriously, that was so sweet and special, thank you so much for sharing.
That is a really neat picture too. I am so glad that riley feels enough love and trust to just talk openly about the questions she has and her curiosity. You ARE doing awesome!

Deborah Raymond said...

Thank you for being who you are and for loving such wonderful children as your own. I am grateful that you have come into all of our lives and are teaching the children about their Father in Heaven and of their earthly mother who gave them life. You are amazing and I truly appreciate the picture you posted, I still miss Heidi.

autumntime said...

Maryann, what a good mother you are-I guess you never know where life will you! I to am greatful for the plan....

Daisy Paige said...

*tear*

I still miss Dana, but I'm so so happy to have all those Palmers around now. Funny how dark clouds really do have silver linings, isn't it?

The Talley's said...

Thank you for helping us all take a moment to think of Heidi. I miss her too. I am also grateful for you and how much you love Riley and Preston. I am trying to put into words my memories of Heidi and will send them as soon as I can finish.

Utley Family said...

You are such an amazing person! It takes a very special person to do what you do!

The Andra Family said...

How awesome. Thanks for sharing. We miss seeing you.

Alton clan said...

That is the sweetest thing I've heard in a long time...you did very well on that too.

Lindsay said...

What an amazing woman you are. You are doing such an awesome job with all those kids and I think they are really going to grow up and be truely happy people because of you. Your such a sweet heart to keep remembering....

Brittany said...

Thank you so much for sharing that story. (I'm bawling right now, but thank you!) You have the sweetest family and you are the best mom!

Reese Gang said...

Maryann, that is so sweet. I am so glad you are happy! You kids are darling. We love seeing you at Peach Days every year. I'll try to keep in touch better. Love, Mel

Hawk Family said...

I have been amazed by your story before, but I am truly amazed right now. Your kids are in good hands!! Thanks for sharing!