Sunday, October 26, 2008

Here's more of Nettie's Stuff

I was going through some "stuff" today and came across this Primary talk that Ashley had given when she was ten years old. The subject was: "I can feel peace in knowing I am a child of God". She started it by saying the words to the song, "I Am A Child of God".

I am a child of God,
And he has sent me here;
Has given me an earthly home
With parents kind and dear.
I am a child of God,
And so my needs are great;
Help me to understand his words
Before it grows too late.
I am a child of God,
Rich blessings are in store;
If I but learn to do his will,
I’ll live with him once more.
I am a child of God,
His promises are sure;
Celestial glory shall be mine,
If I can but endure.
Lead me, guide me, walk beside me,
Help me find the way,
Teach me all that I must do,…
To live with him some day.

"When I was a little younger than I am now – I would get ready for bed at night,….tell my mom I was ready for her. She would come in to my room. I would say my prayers. She would tuck me in my bed, then lay down beside me, and we would sing together the first verse and the chorus to “I Am A Child Of God”. Every night after singing the song with my mom – and right before I fell asleep, a sense of peace would come over me. I knew I really was a child of God. And I knew he would watch over me through the night, and take care of me, and bless me. And help me get up the next morning to start a brand new day. I knew that then,…and I know it now. And even though my mom and I don’t sing the song at night anymore, I still get ready for bed, --- I call to her and tell her I am ready for her, --- she comes in and sits with me and listens to my prayers. She gets up and tucks me in, then bends down to give me a kiss goodnight --- and tells me she loves me. She quietly walks out of my room. I lay there and still think about this song, and I still feel the peace in knowing that, … and that he is still there to watch over me. I know my Heavenly Father & Jesus loves me. {Ending normal for a church talk}
I was not able to be at church the day she gave this talk because I was out of state on training for my job with BLM. I did help her put it together before I left, but with the subject that it was, was her idea to talk about our nightly activities when she was younger. I was told by all that did get to hear her talk that she did a wonderful job and she had all kinds of people in tears. She truly did know that she was a "Child of God" and when she presented it, they say that the "spirit" was definitely present. This talk was given about a month before she was hit by a car while we were living in Kemmerer, WY. She was a real trooper during the whole incident from the time the lady got out of her car and ran over to where Ashley lay to when the police got there (her daddy was at home getting ready to go on duty when he got the phone call) and to the hospital in Kemmerer, then the whole trip down to SLC in the ambulance. She didn't shed one tear the EMT's told me even tho' she was in horrific pain after I met them at Primary Childrens. I was already in SLC when the accident happened and met the ambulance there. Anyway,....when she lay there and the lady that hit her tried to move her, she had enough wits about her that she told her just to leave her where she was. She also said (by the way, this accident happened about 2 months after her Grandpa Sprankle passed away) that her Grandpa was there and he told her to just lay still and everything would be ok. She knew with her Guardian Angel (Grandpa) there and Heavenly Father, she was going to be taken care of and that she really wasn't afraid. When she told me this about Grandpa, chills ran down my spine. I truly feel that the same "sense of peace" she felt in knowing she was a "Child of God" came upon her again after she had been hit and she knew she would be ok, just like Grandpa told her. My Mom and Dad came to the hospital and when the doctor showed them the xray that had been taken, Dad said that it reminded him of a broken tree branch with all the splinters sticking out from it. (It was a compound francture of both the Tibia and Fibia (sp?) bones. Soon my sisters came and some of my nieces and was there with Dave and I when they took her in to surgery, which lasted about 3 hours or so. Anwyway, I just started thinking about all of this after finding her handwritten talk today and wanted to share it with whom ever read it. It certainly was a hard day and six more months to get through but I realize no matter how hard some things are for us to bare during our lives, there are always other's that have challenges to face that are much worse than our own and our's really aren't so bad.


  1. Good post Net , yes be thankful for the problems we do have there are many out there that are hurting far worse than I

  2. It is so fun to see past things that were written or drawn. This is so neat to read.

  3. I enjoyed looking at your blog, catching up a bit on your life and family. You have a great family-- nicely done!

  4. I finally learned how to 'comment', thanks to Aunt NaNa (Nettie). She is the BEST! Your 'posts' are GREAT!

  5. And then that little brave girl (Ashley) became that beautiful bride whose picture you posted earlier. Aren't we all grateful for a loving Father in Heaven who watches over us? You have a special family, Nettie, and a special way with words and memories. Love reading your blog thoughts.