Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Forever Family Day

We did it! Sophie and Sage were sealed to us today, for time and all eternity. We held the sealing in the beautiful Manti temple, in the Emerald room. The girls were delighted to go to the temple, as well as our boys, and now they call it "their" temple. We received such a warm "red carpet" welcome. The temple workers expressed how much they were looking forward to seeing our girls/family and pampered us all. Trevor said it was the best day of his life. When the temple workers brought Sophie and Sage in to meet us in the sealing room, they took one look into the room and started giggling. They were a little nervous to be away from mom and dad, and so excited to see everyone- Danny & Lindsay, Grandma's & Grandpa, Kathy, and others, they could hardly sit still. It was a remarkable, sacred ceremony, and when we weren't holding back the tears, we were trying not to chuckle as S & S were trying to greet their favorite guests, playing handsies over the alter, and getting tangled in my veil. They were overjoyed but not so sure about this quiet, reverence that's expected in the temple ... Our sweet guide showed us the amazing spiral staircase afterwards as we toured part of the temple, then we met outside for a few pictures (very cold!). I can't express the joy of knowing my family is complete and Sophie and Sage are ours forever. I've been waiting for this day for a long time, it was breathtaking!

After the ceremony, we met for a tasty lunch at the "Satisfying Ewe", our treat. The food was good, especially the cinnamon scones Kathy introduced us too, and the place did pretty good handling a group our size in such a small town.

A BIG thanks to all who drove so far and joined us on this special day. Bonnie & Tam had to leave before pictures, but it was so nice to have them their and hear about their parents who have reached out and adopted others. To hear how special it was for Danny & Lindsay because they want to adopt someday, they will be great parents and it was so good to have them their!! And Kathy is so supportive and fun and brought Paul's mom, we were so glad they came! Mike had to work. My cute niece Crystal, she didn't have to drive far, so glad she took the time off work to be there. And my parents who were able to come to China with us, wouldn't be the same without them! Of course, to my awesome husband who said "yes" to this adoption, you have been an amazing dad, and my wonderful boys who love being big brothers and are sooo helpful with the girls. It's a day I'll never forget and I thank all those who shared it with us.
I apologize to those had short notice and couldn't get away. I knew having it in Manti would limit some from coming and it came up fast, I didn't get the word out to everyone I wanted to. So sorry Russ & Diane/ Doug & Becky, next time I'll plan ahead better.

Instead of celebrating our Gotcha Day, we will celebrate our Forever Family Day on February 20th each year :) We love you Sophie and Sage and we're so glad you're a part of our family!


emiflute said...

This was a beautiful post... about such a beautiful eternal family occasion. Congradulations. (That's funny that they were playing hansies over the alter! He. He.)
Te pictures of all of you in white are priceless!

Lauren and Ed said...

Hi, I haven't stopped by in a while, but I surely enjoyed cathcing up. Boy, the girls are gorgeous, and yor Forever Family Day looked magical. Glad to see you all are doing so well and having a good time!

Cindy said...

Congratulations on your special day!! You all look wonderful and blessed during this special moment in the girls lives. Your boys are as handsome as the girls are beautiful!!


Danny & Lindsay said...

What a great day, thanks again for everything!

Beckyb said...

Just looks awesome - love all the white in your pics too - beautiful!!! What a wonderful day and a wonderful reason to celebrate!!

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