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Monday, March 31, 2008

how i hope to live my life.

i don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, & with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. i want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. i want to be there with grass stains on my shoes from mowing sister schenck's lawn. i want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbor's children. i want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. i want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks & tears of a friend on my shoulder. i want the Lord to know i was really here & that i really lived.
-marjorie pay hinckley

image via flickr.

24 comments:

Lynn said...

i love this (both times you have it posted ;))

i imagined you wrote it late in the night after tucking in the kids, until of course i saw the bottom, then i think i recalled being touched by this before. don't you wish you had written it. i do.

Sandrine said...

I love that quote!! Thanks for sharing. Where did you find it please?
I like your blog!

Valerie said...

Oh my goodness! These are my thoughts exactly. Thank you so much for sharing this. You put into words how I feel.

Krissy said...

I love this. It reminds me of the saying (which I can't find now) but it says something about not going into heaven gently, but more crashing in from living a life full of great things and fun. Wish I could find the quote now :(

Lizunia said...

What a beautiful thought about how to live one's life. No one could have said it better. Sister Hinckley is such an inspiration!

Becky said...

Amen! I love that, and I remember hearing it before. Thanks for sharing. Check out the poem on the side of my blog- it shares similar feelings, I think.

Verry Sherry said...

I second that motion! Thanks for this it's a nice reminder!

Ashlee said...

Amen!

Amanda K said...

I, just like everyone else, love this quote as well! It is a nice reminder of what is really important in the world.

Aranne and Dan said...

This is a great post. It makes you realize what kind of lady Sister Hinckley was and what kind of person I hope to become. Thank you for sharing this and helping me to strive to be better!

the hogan's said...

This is one of my favorite quotes! And no I dont eat ice cream and avacados together...but it sounds like it by the way that I wrote it!

By the way, I was dying when I read about Gavin squatting on the grass like Gigi! That is hilarious!

cj said...

thanks for the morning reminder....love it...

The Grahams said...

Sister Hinckley is definitely one of the women of the church that I look up to the most.....and I sure miss them both! Since we were gone and busy all week I hadn't looked at your blog for a little while- i loved the pms one....so funny! And I am getting the same comments from my mom and fam right now about being preggers! I always have to announce when my special friend comes along for the month just to get them to stop buggin me about it! I guess my mom's just that excited about having lots of grandkids :)

mama jo said...

this a beautiful thought that we all need to remember...it's good to think about when kids cut up your new blanket, shoes, or hair...remember it always..

i'm kelly said...

oh heavens! blogger has been giving me issues lately. sorry gab that i had to delete your comment. but it was bugging me that there were two copies of the same post. i published the post last night & nothing showed up. so then i did it again, later on both most showed. ek gad!

and sandrine -
i have no idea where i came across it, i just had it scribbled in one of my notebooks! but she is an incredible lady... just about anything she says i could use as my life's motto.

Bridget said...

Great quote! I love it.

Lacie said...

This too may end up on my bathroom mirror! Thanks for posting the quote!

sixmnms said...

You cannot know how I needed to read that right this moment! Thank-you!

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love.boxes said...

isn't that the most beautiful thought ever! :)

Holly said...

Oh boy! This is a wonderful quote and so true--even though I forget and go scrambling off in another direction. I want to really live too.

jess said...

I really needed to see this just now, thanks for sharing!

Kari & Kijsa said...

Oh...we needed to hear this today!

Thanks for sharing...

Have a blessed day,

smiles, kari & kijsa

aaron & allee said...

I love this quote. She was an amazing woman.