On Saturday, November 29th, we were able to take Rose to the temple to be sealed to us as part of our eternal family. It was such a special, sacred day for us, just like when we took Clara to the temple to be sealed to us almost 3 years ago. We had wonderful friends and family join us at the Oakland temple for the ceremony, which went well. Rose was a little upset when she and Clara were first brought into the room for the sealing because apparently a temple worker had offered to carry her up and had taken her from Paul's mom who had been in the nursery with the girls. Rose was none too happy about that but calmed down a bit once they got in the room and I was able to hold and comfort her. My favorite part of the ceremony was when the sealer mentioned Rose being sealed to her father and Rose turned and stared at Paul for a few seconds, as if on cue, and then the sealer spoke about Rose being sealed to her mother and Rose turned her head to look right at me. It was so sweet and like she knew exactly what was happening and what it meant.
Afterwards we took a few pictures in front of the temple in our white temple clothes. Clara was so excited about her white dress that Grandma Cece had brought for her from Utah. Every Family Home Evening for a month now we have been talking about what it would be like to go to the temple as a family or why temples were so important, so hopefully Clara was prepared for the experience and maybe she will even have a memory of it as she grows up. Rose was going to wear the dress that Clara wore when she was sealed to us but when it came down to it, that dress was just so tight on Rose that my mom found a new dress for her in a larger size that fit her so much better. Both girls looked so beautiful.
We were so grateful to have so much support, especially over Thanksgiving weekend, with friends and family coming to join us. We only wish we could have had the rest of our family members there too.
Our good friend Lisa took photos for us afterwards. She was my visiting teaching companion for years in San Jose and is a budding photographer in the South Bay. She did such a great job and we really appreciate her talent and generosity in getting these images for us to help us remember our special day as a family.
We are so very and eternally grateful to have our little Rosie as part of our forever family.