|Madeleine and Mom hiked to Delicate Arch|
Every stage of my life has been good to the degree that I have faith in and obey my Father in Heaven. The last few stages (missionness, bachelorhood, newlywedity) were thus and I expect this stage to be no different. It's not to say that I am always happy. But overall, I am happy.
I feel like I can now see the opposite of Thestrals. I have a greater respect for Christy, for my mom, and for mothers in general. I had some idea of what birth would be like, from videos and classes. But it's different feeling your own wife squeezing your hand. And it's a lot harder than I thought it was going to be.
What a great word! Say it a few times: "midwifery, midwifery, midwifery." Isn't it fun? Also, the people who own the title are great. We decided to see the midwifes of the Central Utah Women's Clinic for our labor and delivery. What an excellent choice! I recommend midwifes one hundred percent. Our midwife was at Christy's side the whole time she labored at the hospital. She encouraged her in just the right ways, and was absolutely great. The midwives are happy to dispense with unnecessary procedures and to let mom do things her preferred way. Most of the nurses were also exceptional. We really couldn't have asked for a better experience. Doctors are great when you need them. But if you don't need them, choose a midwife!
Expensive Yellow Wedding Dresses
While staying at the hospital, I went out to our car one day and passed through a waiting room with the TV on. A bright yellow wedding dress was showing on the screen with "$200K" written underneath. A lady was yammering on about the dress. I thought, "How silly." Really, how silly. Having just seen my daughter born, I thought, "huh, the lady talking about the dress was born once... she was a naked, scrawny baby." Now she's yapping away about something really ridiculous. There's so much more to life than what we get ourselves caught up doing. I want to share a part of a letter I wrote home as a soon-to-return missionary (maybe I've shared it before):
"Everyone is busy doing things... things, things ,things. Man has invented things so that he can do more things and so he can do some things in more comfort. Technology has progressed, but I wonder how much mankind has progressed. There is much of unkindness in the world. There is much of unfairness -- I have learned this first hand several times during the past two years. There is too much sensuality, and along with it too much complacency. Greed is evident in any part of the world. Men, born naked, clothe themselves in expensive suits and adorn their lives with titles, classes, clubs and cliques. Others, likewise born naked, remain in poverty throughout."
I'm not perfect. I chase after some "expensive, yellow wedding dresses." (Not literally... I don't actually have any interest in yellow wedding dresses) But I hope to maybe chase after a few less having seen a new life come into the world. And I'm excited to help her see the difference between expensive, yellow wedding dresses, and the truly important things.