Sunday, September 11, 2011

52 Blessings – Heroes

flowers and flags left at our city 9-11 memorial made of two basalt columns standing next to each other

Calvin and I’ve listened to the stories of heroic men and women all day long on the 9-11 commemoration programs on TV.  The stories have been inspiring and humbling and I love hearing them over and over.  One man told of men that continued to rescue the trapped and wounded as he made his way for the exit.  He said that was the difference between him and heroes.

This afternoon our home teachers came to see us.  "As part of their responsibility to watch over the members of the Church, home teachers visit their assigned families at least once each month to teach and strengthen them.  Home teachers establish a relationship of trust with these families so that families can call upon them in times of need."  

These are both good men.  I used to babysit Kaden and now he looks after us.  He idolized our kids and made them live better because he was watching.  Carl has always been kind to our family.  He's gone out of his way to talk to us, share our celebrations, donate to the kids' causes, laugh at our stories, share his dutch oven rice pudding, and make us feel loved and necessary.  In short, Kaden and Carl look out for our welfare even when it isn't convenient and that's an important definition of a hero.

I'm grateful for heroes, the ones I know and the ones I don't.


Tiffany Fackrell said...

that picture made me CRY...gah that man is definitely one of my biggest heros! and I can't believe Kaden is even old enough to be home teaching. I remember babysitting him as a brand new baby and putting him in his warm fuzzy orange jammies and then calling my mom to hurry and come snuggle him before bed...hahaha!

Rachel said...

I LOVE the picture of your home teachers. What a great post.

Becky said...

Good home teachers are great heroes!

michelle said...

I've never taken a picture of my home teachers before! Way to go, Jane!

AMEN to your last sentence. Perfect.