Thursday, July 2, 2009

Forever Family

On June 13th, Frank and I took the kids to the temple to be sealed to us. I'm not sure why I have been putting off blogging about this, but I have. Maybe because it was such an emotional experience and I don't know how to express it. It was truly awesome. Getting everything together that we needed was a little rough. And because Brittney and her husband Cody were being sealed right before we were, we caused a lot of confusion. They thought Frank and I were being sealed to each other too. We were sealed when we first got married in 2002.

Being sealed together was the main reason we did the adoption last year. There were some others but that was the biggest. I wish you all could have been there. I was emotional leading up to it, but I really struggled not to lose it when the kids came in wearing their white clothes. It was an amazing experience. We now have the opportunity to be a family forever. Is there anything greater?

We actually went to the temple ahead of the kids so we could go through with Brit and Cody. Their escorts brought them later, so we didn't see them leading up to it. I had hoped that going through it would remind me of when I was sealed to my parents when I was really young. I can't remember anything from that day except being in the children center. I vaguely remember playing with toys, but I don't remember anything else. But I was so caught up in the moment, I didn't even think about it. I hope that the kids will always be able to remember that day. That they will respect the experience and that it will help their testimonies grow.

We were able to share the experience with close friends and family. What a great day it was. It has strengthened my testimony and I know that it will be something I will always remember and treasure.

Afterward we had a big BBQ at my parents house. Over 60 people celebrated with us. It was also Franks birthday. I felt bad that it wasn't recognized more but he said that it was the best birthday he could have had. He's so great.