I have been blessed with a few truly great days in my life: my wedding, the days that each of my kids were born, the days we adopted Isabelle and Luke, and the day we were sealed to Isabelle. Luke's temple day, however, takes the cake. It was by far the very best day of my life spiritually, emotionally, and happiness-wise. Having my entire family, and many of our closest friends in the temple was amazing. We were sealed by a dear family friend, and he shared sacred insights with us before performing the ordinance. I tried to prepare myself for the emotions I would feel in the temple...but I still did the 'ugly' cry after it was all said and done. Relief, happiness and joy all rolled into a few sacred minutes. After the temple we came to our home for dinner. Surrounded by loved ones, Jake gave Luke his name and a blessing. It was just simply an amazing day, and one that I will never forget! Luke is finally forever where he belongs. That knowledge brings me more happiness than I know how to handle.
I didn't pass the word to any of our friends to stay for pictures... so we only have our family outside the temple.
Our parents have been tremendously supportive through this whole process. We are blessed!
3 of my dearest friends, Shelli, Erika & Sarah...just missing Emmaly. I would not have survived the past year with out them. They are truly amazing women, and I am blessed to call them my friends.
Isabelle with my brother's wife, Lacey. I love this sweet woman!
Jake's two best friends: his dad & Jesse.
Izzy and her grandpa
Me & Jake's mom
Izzy & my niece Claire. She takes care of Izzy when they are together, even though they are the same age.
I'm glad to see someone fed Luke...I didn't pay much attention to whether or not the babes ate.
Emily & her sweet boy Zach--Luke's future BFF.