Monday, October 31, 2011


(this post will be heavy on LDS jargon...if you're confused go HERE for some explanations...or email me!)

The day we mailed our adoption application I could never have hoped that exactly two years later I'd be dressed in white, surrounded by loved ones, kneeling across the altar from my sweetheart, having our sweet baby sealed to us for all eternity. 

Saturday October 22nd, our family was made eternal.  It was such a {sweet} experience.  When you discover you will not be able to give birth (don't ever say 'have your own children' it's mean...Miles IS my own) you have to mourn several things.   There are wonderful events we will never get to experience because of our infertility.  BUT there is one thing that we get to experience that others don't...a Temple Sealing.  We get to dress in white as a family, be surrounded by those who love us, and kneel across the alter from each other while we are sealed together FOREVER.   The Temple President was the one who sealed us...which is super cool.  He and his wife adopted children so they understood what it was like to be in our shoes.  Plus we had developed a pretty good relationship with them when we worked in the Temple.  Miles was an angel during the sealing.  He was so alert and attentive, it was as if he knew EXACTLY what was happening.  It's easy to understand when you think that he was just recently in God's presence...he's much closer to the Spirit than us adults. 

Photo by me.  :)

The weather was BEAUTIFUL that day.  Clear, blue sky and it wasn't freezing!  We had many people travel from near and far to be with us on that special day, and it meant the world to us. Here is a photo of most of them...a few snuck away before we could take the picture. 

Photo by Bryn Stucki

The following day Nathan got to realize a dream when he took Miles in his arms and gave him a blessing.  That was something he had longed to do for many, many years.  In fact I think there were moments he wondered if he'd ever get to give a child a blessing.  The blessing was tender...he blessed Miles to be kind, which is something both of us feel strongly is important.  His voice trembled and tears were shed - by more than one eye.  And once again, Miles was an angel.  One of the men at church who stood in the circle told me that when the blessing was finished, Miles looked up and around the circle of men who held him...taking time to look at each face.  Again, I think he recognized the importance of what was happening.  He's a special little guy. 

Photo by me.  :)


Jenn said...

Way to make me cry right after putting on mascara! Congratulations to your beautiful family!

TIM&SHAN said...

OMG where is the LOVE button when you need it!! SOOOO sweet and SOOOO special and SOOOO amazing!! LOVE YOU GUYS!!

Que and Brittany's Adoption Journal said...

I love his bowtie and the hat! I loved this post and I'm so happy for you guys!!

Max and Joy Chen said...

tearin' up here too. Congratulations!

Franson Funny Farm said...

I started following your blog through my niece (Kala Tolman). Our little boy we adopted was sealed to us on October 22nd also! It is indeed a very special day. Congratulations to you and your beautiful family!
Linette Franson (in Idaho)

Ty and Ber said...

What a cute little stud you have! What anamazing day! So happy for your family.

Sheila said...

We're so happy for you guys, and so sorry we couldn't be there. Thanks for posting the pictures, what a beautiful ETERNAL family! :)