Some many things have started to come together this week and I am feeling overwhelmed with gratitude.
I have made contact with a fellow genealogist who is breaking down walls and filling in holes for me on a line that has long been my "problem child". I am so grateful that she is willing to share her information, scan her documents and pictures and email them to me. I am so grateful that we have made contact and that the Spirit of Elijah is touching both of us.
Yesterday morning (at 5:30am to be precise) I was able to go to the temple with a group from my ward to do baptisms for the dead. We were on the road before the sun came up and it was just beginning to shine as we entered the temple. With my recent research I have been able to fill in some holes and had prepared names to take to the temple. (If you have new.familysearch.org active in your area look at it, use it, it is an amazing tool to see what work has been done for your ancestors and what work still needs to be done. It makes it so simple to then take their names to the temple.) I chose to do the work for my great aunt and saved the other cards to take to Utah so that my family can share in the blessing of doing the work. As I was doing the work for my great aunt and names for a friend in the ward the sun started to shine through the stained glass windows into the baptistry. ... The Spirit of temple work is so real! The Spirit of Elijah is real and guides us and urges us as we search out our ancestors.
Things are starting to work out for where we will be after graduation. I still don't have details but things are beginning to solidfy amid the haze that is currently our future. Hopefully we will know in the near future.
I am grateful for a Heavenly Father who is mindful of me, who loves me, who knows my future and has a plan for me, who gives me strength inspite my complaining. I really am so blessed.