Thursday, April 29, 2010


One of the greatest treats of adoption is that we get to have our children sealed to us. As members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that families can be together beyond death. Usually, a bride and groom are sealed in one of our temples on their wedding day, and any children born to them are automatically born into that sealing covenant, so each child doesn't get a separate sealing ceremony.

But we do!!! I consider it one of the perks of going the alternative route of building a family. A sealing ceremony is simple but sacred. During our time in Oregon, we were able to have Lauren sealed to us in the Portland Temple. My dad performed the sealing, which was extra special.

Trip to Portland

We took a late Spring Break Trip to Oregon a couple weeks ago. Can we say BEAUTIFUL? Oregon is beautiful any time of the year, but seriously, in Spring, it blows any other place out of the water! All of the foliage and flowers were so incredible!

We'd driven by it many times, but had never stopped at Multnomah Falls, so we got out and hiked the short trail to the bridge. So pretty.

One day we brought Grandma with us and just explored. We ended up seeing some really pretty flowers and yards, and found a great park to play in.

Of course, Brad had to see if he could still do his trick. He's still got it!

Ty and Lauren don't quite have it yet.

Monday, April 05, 2010

Catch Up!

We've had a great couple of months, with blessings (and snow!) pouring down on us. The weather was nice for awhile (we're expecting snow again tonight), and spring has almost sprung. (I forgot how late things bloom here in the Mountain West.)

It was nice enough on St. Patty's Day to wear short sleeves and ride the bikes.

And of course, playing dress-up is always part of the routine.

Adoption Day!!!

We had a GREAT Easter weekend, decorating eggs, watching LDS General Conference, and having Easter dinner with Grandma and Grandpa F.

We leave soon for our trip to Oregon, where we will see Grandma & Grandpa S. and have Lauren sealed to us in the Portland Temple!!! The kids will also get to spend some fun times with Aunt SuzieQ and Uncle Hank and their cousins while Brad and I get a little vacation on the Oregon Coast!! LOVE IT!!

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