This week as I took care of Emma on Friday, I really wanted her to take a nap. She was getting cranky, and I needed a nap too! I have tried different things to get her to sleep: car rides or walks in the stroller. These methods work, but the transfer to her crib is difficult if not impossible. I have also put her in the crib, and let her cry it out, but that method is heart wrenching for both of us. The last time that method was employed, it took an hour for her to go to sleep, and then she was still grumpy when she woke up. (That mean grammie!)
Using a different tact, I decided to hold her and 'coo' her to sleep. She worked really hard to keep herself awake by 'talking' to me. She would almost be asleep, and then she'd spout out little 'words'. My back is still talking about that 20 minute long hug! I was finally able to transfer her to the crib, and rub her back while she fell asleep again. She slept for 1 1/2 hours! Success!
Part of my institute class this week was to watch a video from President Henry B. Eyring who spoke about the natural man being an enemy to God. How, we must put off the natural man and become as a little child, willing to submit to all things the Father sees fit to inflict upon us.
Trying to make sure that Emma gets a nap (so we can all be happy) made me think about this concept. She sure didn't want to do it. I really wanted her to, because I knew that life would be better for both of us if she did!
We are not always aware of the 'why' our Father gives us the opportunity to do some things. He can see the big picture, and what needs to happen to make us happier. He knows that our lives will be better - we will be better - for having had these experiences. Sometimes they are things that we really don't want to experience. We fight it! And when we submit, we are happier for having had the experience.
I know that when we do what our Heavenly Father wants us to, even when they are hard and we don't like them,