Friday, December 18, 2009

One Year And I Can Still See!

One year ago today we had a head shaving party here at my house. My family and some friends gathered, I was given a beautiful blessing, and then my son took the scissors to my hair. A year ago tomorrow, the surgeons went searching for Grizelda. And then the miracles began. It hasn’t been easy, but I have been so blessed this year. My family took such great care of me while I was recuperating. This pictures shows D2 who is a nurse who stayed with me in the hospital. All of my children were so helpful  and I grew to appreciate them so much more.

It took awhile, but I have my full strength back now. I can still see! I have learned some amazing things. And I am happy.

This year has gone so fast! Besides the duel with Grizelda, it has been full of other adventures. I was able to see every one of my children and grandchildren—which doesn’t happen every year since they live so far away! My book Gospel Insights for Everyday Living was published. I wrote another book, Living in Truth, and taught many Living in Truth workshops. I especially enjoyed that because I met so many wonderful new friends.

Best of all is that I’ve grown so close to my Savior this year. I’m beginning to suspect that adversity is necessary in order for that closeness to happen. I hope I’m wrong, so I’m clinging to this closeness and hoping 2010 has a little less adversity but that I can maintain the closeness. I’ll let you know how it goes!


G n C Larsen said...

I hope that all goes well for you in 2010 and that you maintain a closeness to the Lord.
Love You,

Anonymous said...

You do have an amazing testimony and positive attitude. Not only have you gone through so much and prevailed, you have not lost your great sense of humor and your sweetness that makes us all love you so much. I am praying next year will be so normal, you'll be amazed and I have no doubt you will continue to be close to the Savior. Here's to 2010!!

Martha said...

I know what you mean about hoping adversity is not necessary for closeness with the Savior. I hope I won't need as much "compelling" to be humble in 2010.
Thank you for blogging. Your testimony and perspective have helped me through so much this year.

papa and cilla said...

So so glad that your eyesight is good and that you were able to publish your book. Everyone loves you.

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Christy, Thank you for the good wishes! I hope all goes well for you this year also.

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Cathie, I'm not half as amazing as you! I second your motion for a great 2010. I pray it will be good for all of us!

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Martha, I often wonder if the time spent blogging is worth it so thanks for letting me know it was for you. I do hope and pray your 2010 is better. God bless you!

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Cilla (I assume!) Thanks for the k.ind words and for leaving a comment. I love hearing from people! Hope you have a great 2010.

Wendi said...

I'm thankful that you can still see, that you have your strength back, that your book was published, that you were able to spend time with your entire family, and that you shared your insights on Living in Truth with so many. You are a blessing to all of us. Thank you for sharing your testimony and teaching us so much on this blog. :)

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Wendi, You are always so kind. Thank you!

Ry and Nat said...

I'm so glad you still have your sight and your high spirits! 2009 was a year FULL of adversity for my family as well. We survived: my father leaving the family and the church after 33 years, a fatal car accident which almost took my little sister's life and forever changed her beautiful face, Fire, Flood, Hurricane, Robbery, and more!!!

One of my gifts to each family member for Christmas is an "I survived 2009" shirt.

You are a blessing to so many people you don't even know and an inspiration to your family and friends. May God bless you and your family in 2010 and always. Merry Christmas Ms. Sherrie!!

Your friend in Texas,

Sherrie Mills Johnson said...

Natalie, You have endured so very much this year and yet I can hear a tone of love and faith through your words. Survived 2009 is very fitting! Thank you for the warm words and I hope you have a wonderful Christmas. xoxoxo