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“I want you!”

“I want you Mom,” is a common saying in my home. “I want you to hold me, I want you to care for me, I want you to do something with me or for me.” 

I love that my children continue to want me. It’s not always easy to stop and meet every need of a child, but once it’s done it is rewarding and there is a stronger connection.

In the past couple of days my children have been saying “I want you” A LOT, nonverbally and VERBALLY! 

Ryen, says it about a hundred times a day. She is very affectionate and wants me to hold her all the time. She loves being loved and comforted. She loves being close.

Yesterday, while we were getting ready for the day she started crying because she didn’t like her hair or clothes she picked for herself. Haha, can anyone else relate?

With having a boy first I didn’t experience these daily meltdowns of what she thinks she is “supposed” to look like. 

She looked at me while crying and just said, “I want you.” She didn’t say anything else but with her wide eyes filled with tears, we hugged and changed her hair and clothes. 

When we were finished, she grabbed my cheeks and said quietly and soft, “I want you,” as if she was saying thank you for helping me with this problem. Cutie!

Ronen doesn’t have to say he wants me, he shows it. 

In the middle of the night around 3 am he comes into my room and climbs into my bed. He is shaking and trying to hold back his tears from a horrible nightmare he had. 

I asked him if he would like me to say a prayer. He nods his head yes and we say a prayer so we could feel a closeness with the spirit. Afterwards he says thank you and wraps my arms around his shoulders. 

I sat up with him for over an hour rubbing his hair and arms to calm him back to sleep. 

He didn’t say “I want you” but he wanted and needed me in the middle of the night. 

I think of the many times a day my kids want or need me. 

Relying on Heavenly Father

I love how much they rely on me even when it is the most tasking on me mentally and physically. 

Each time I have these experiences with them I think of how the spirit can be more present. How can I be who I want to be as a mother and be influenced by the Holy Ghost during these experiences. 

Are they feeling my love and the spirit present at the same time?

In each of these experiences I thought to myself…

Am I preparing my children to rely on their Heavenly Father when they need help?

Am I loving them during their difficult moments?

Are they learning to feel the spirit for themselves?

Do they know Heavenly Father will always be there and WANT them?

The Father, October 2018

“Brothers and sisters, we can trust in and rely upon the Father. Because He has an eternal perspective, Heavenly Father can see things we cannot. His joy, work, and glory are to bring to pass our immortality and exaltation. Everything He does is for our benefit. He “wants (our) eternal happiness even more than (we) do.” And He “would not require (us) to experience a moment more of difficulty than is absolutely needed for (our) benefit or for that of those (we) love.” As a result, He focuses on helping us to progress, not on judging and condemning us.”

“Everything He does is for our benefit.” 

This is so true. 

Heavenly Father wants YOU!

I love that my children continue to want me and rely on me. I want to help them learn to also rely on their Father in Heaven during the times I am not around.

I hope the both can feel His love from the love I have given them. 

I hope they can pray for help when they are wanting some comfort.

I hope they can listen to the Holy Ghost on what to do in good and bad experiences. 

I want for them to know I will always be there for them AND a Heavenly Father that will always always be there for them!

I hope they know, “I want you” is a common saying I express to my Heavenly Father many times during my day!

He wants You and I as well!

I love you and will always want you, Rone and Ry.

About Author

My name is Brianna Marshall. I was born in Dayton, Ohio into a Air Force family. We moved to Colorado Springs, CO when I was 5 years old and lived there till I moved off to College to Orem, Utah in 2007. I was raised into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'm still actively practicing the same faith today. I graduated from Utah Valley University with a Bachelors in Communications. I was married to my husband Dom in 2010 in the San Diego Temple. Dom and I have two children, one a boy, named Ronen, and a girl, named Ryen. I have been in and out of teaching physical fitness for over 10 years. I love to run and weight lift most days of the week. I also love to do yoga at night to calm me down before bed. I have always had a love for baked goods. My mom made a great dessert every Sunday and made them upon request growing up. I have always been really well at expressing my thoughts and feelings. I love to express a lot of my spiritual feelings with friends and family. As a young girl, I worked really hard to have a great relationship with my Father in Heaven. I have felt His presence from the time I was 8 and currently still feel his love and desire for me to become closer to Him. I desire to be a missionary as well as help others understand His love for all of His children. I find that being friendly, understanding and being compassionate to everyone is the best example of His son, Jesus Christ. I strive to follow His teachings. I also stumble with all of it. I'm so grateful for the atonement and repentance when I'm in need of change of heart and a compassionate spirit. I find life to be so beautiful and I'm grateful everyday for the experiences I have. I am a wife, mother, daughter of God, writer, runner, baker, and an imperfect being striving to be the best me.

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