liahona. I'm not sure where he plans on going, but at least he'll have a way to find his way there now...haha. The globe is illuminated and looks so pretty when it's lit up at night. In the weeks leading up to his birthday when family members asked him what he wanted for his birthday, he was very strategic in his planning and made sure to tell each person a different item from his wish list in order to be sure he got everything he wanted. His strategy worked and he really did walk away with everything on his list. Pretty smart thinking for a 6-year-old!
For some reason Bryson decided to start copying The Book of Mormon into his new little notebook from school. I have no idea what inspired him to start doing this but he's been doing it pretty consistently over the last few weeks and spends a few minutes before bed most nights copying down a few lines of text. He's such a cutie.
I try to do a video each year of Bryson telling about his life and this is this years video. He was quite the little talker so I had to edit it a little so it wasn't so long. Enjoy!
Yes, we are still alive! I think this is probably the longest lapse I've had in blogging ever but I have a good excuse--we've been very busy celebrating some very important events in our lives! First and foremost we had the opportunity to have Lilly sealed to our family on March 16th. It was such a special day.
A big thank you to our friend Jared Fadel (check out his amazing portfolio here) for capturing this special day on video for us.
adoption journey to Lilly was a very difficult one, but seeing Bryson and Lilly walk into the sealing room in Salt Lake Temple all dressed in white made every heartbreak and tear worth it and I can honestly say that I would go through it all over again just for that moment. It was incredible. Throughout the sealing Lilly was so calm and looked the sealer right in the eyes as if her little spirit understood exactly what was taking place. What a blessing eternal families are!
Our family and friends have been such an incredible support to us throughout this journey. Lilly is beyond blessed to have so many people in her life that love her so much.
Yesterday was Lilly's blessing. The beautiful dress she wore to the sealing and to the blessing was made by Mike's mom and has Lilly's name and her sealing and blessing dates stitched on the back. Mike gave Lilly a beautiful blessing and I had the chance to share my testimony and shared the words of the below song from Lamb of God by Rob Gardner because they perfectly reflect the testimony I've gained through this journey.
They gave her the adorable outfit (from The Gap) that she wore to the finalization.
P.S. We also had the sacred opportunity to have Lilly sealed to us this past weekend, but I will share the details of that in a future post.
Mike and I were watching old videos of Bryson the other day and realized we've hardly posted any videos of Lilly on here so far, so I'm going to try to do a better job of capturing and posting precious simple moments like the one below so we can remember and cherish them forever. This is a little moment I caught on video today of Bryson making Lilly giggle. He can make her laugh (& snort) like no one else.
Thirteen years ago I served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I served for 18 months in the beautiful Ohio Cleveland Mission.
It meant everything to me.
It stretched me in every direction.
It humbled me to tears.
It filled my heart with a joy I never thought possible.
I got to witness first hand the gospel touching and changing people's lives.
I learned to live outside myself as I served God and others 24/7.
It taught me what love truly is.
...until I became a mother.
It means everything to me.
It stretches me in every direction.
It often humbles me to tears.
It fills my heart with a joy I never thought possible.
I get to witness first hand the gospel touching and changing my children's lives.
I get to live outside myself as I serve God and my children 24/7.
That is why it is so fulfilling.
That is why it's so amazing.
That is why I love it so much!