adoptedfamilyIzzeOn A Personal Note August 21, 2012

Together Forever!

So I am super bummed that things were so chaotic and we did not get any “family pics” while we were all at the temple.  Also, if the expression of my religious beliefs is not of interest to you – just look at pics and avoid the text…  It is NOT my intention to shove my religion down your throat, but I cannot write about this without going there….

Izze, mom Sarah and our sealer Pres Leetham

So I have avoided blogging about Izze’s sealing because I really don’t know what to say – or how to say it – at all.  Izze became part of our forever family “OFFICIALLY” on July 25th, 2012.  If you are LDS you know exactly what that means and I don’t need to say anything further.  However, since many of you are NOT LDS (Mormon or Latter-Day Saints as we are commonly referred to), let me try to explain the significance of that day.  

If you have been following my blog, you know that we fought for a year to have Izze adopted into our family.  The sealing ordinance performed in our temples is to bind families together forever (meaning in the next life – heaven – too).  First of all, we believe that we lived with our Father in Heaven before we came to this earth.  Secondly, we believe that this life is a probationary period – a time to prove our worthiness and show our obedience to our Heavenly Father (God).  Third, we believe that after this life, we will be able to return and live with our Heavenly Father again.  Thus, the importance of having our children “sealed to us” forever – in a nutshell, it means that we will live also with our families forever.

Izze and mom

This was an amazing day for us – to see all of our immediate family in the temple together, along with extended family and friends – was wonderful all by itself.  To understand the significance of why we were there was even more amazing!

Sarah, Izze, and Aunt Ashley

 I can’t even begin to describe how awesome it is to not have to worry any more about someone taking Izze from us.  Even if something happened in this life – and we were separated for a time – we would be able to look forward to seeing her again in the next life.  There is something truly wonderful about Heavenly Father’s plan for us.


Just seeing this beautiful face tells me that every moment of sacrifice to add her to our family was worth it.

In front of the Draper temple

I am so grateful that I understand why we are here.  That I get an occasional glimpse of eternity and all the wonderful blessings that await us.  I am overwhelmed by the love that I feel from my own family – my 3 boys and their families – it is awesome to see the family cycle continue.  I have been super blessed with an amazing husband of over 31 years and could not imagine an eternity without him!  Thankful to a God who is so aware of his “children” and the struggles and trials that they experience.  Grateful that He loves me enough to give me experiences that allow me to grow.  I am hopeful that I am doing more good and that my heart is in the right place.  AND really hopeful that at the end of my life I will not be found “wanting”….

This has been a hard battle, but I hope that I have fought a good fight and that my Heavenly Father can see the intentions of my heart.  I am far from perfect, but do have a perfect hope in Him – that through Him all things will be made right.  Here’s to the next chapter…..and our happily ever after…..