4.01.2009

Families are Forever

Sasha and Alina: my {SISTERS}
I just LOVE them!!
In the bible, Matt. 16:19 it says "and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven". My family had the opportunity to bind these girls to us forever in the temple this past weekend. We had a wonderful experience.


We Latter Day Saints ("Mormons") go to the temple, not to be married until "death do us part" but to be sealed together as families for eternity. Since Sasha and Alina were adopted they needed to be sealed to my parents. Our family gathered together to witness this awesome event. After the girls were sealed to my parents my brother and I and our parents and sisters were able to stand together in the temple. The feelings I had can't be really described. Except to say that I was overwhelmed with peace and joy and gratitude for my family, including Cameron and the kids; and gratitude for a loving, all-knowing Heavenly Father who truely knows His children and truely, truely loves them.


The girls have had to over come so much in their short lives. Sasha is still haunted, at times, of some of what she had to endure as a little kid in Ukraine. This past year she has grown up so much and really changed her attitude about a lot of things. I'm so proud of her. I'm proud that she is working hard to overcome her past and make good choices. I'm happy that she is making steps to really understand the blessings of the gospel.


And I'm so thankful to Mom and Dad for following all those whispers of the Holy Ghost telling them it was time to get two more kids. I know it hasn't been easy to have both their kids grown-up and gone and then sort of "start over" with two more. And it's never easy having "pre-teen" girls and all the craziness that goes along with that. (I can only imagine!!) Thank you for everything you do for them and for me.


My family feels more complete and happy. I love being with them. I love going to the temple and feeling that special spirit there. The fullness of the gospel is a wonderful blessing in my life.
These girls were SO happy. They were smiling the entire time. They loved picking out their dresses and white bows. After the sealing they didn't want to take off their dresses. We went outside for pictures and they just wanted to twirl around like princesses.

just missing Cam and the kids

I love this picture. I think we all look alike. Sasha and Alina definitely belong to our family...


And a special thank you and shout out to Gary and Sharlene - Cameron's parents. They stayed to help Cameron recover from his PRK surgery and help take care of the kids while I was gone. Plus they came early to hang out with me while Cameron was in Atlanta. We've had a great time with them. It's always so fun when we get visitors. Pictures from their visit to come...

11 comments:

Maynards said...

Wow, what a special moment in all of your lives. I got so happy just reading your post. Your family is cute, and you do all look alike. So precious. Hope Cameron and his eyes are recovering well. What was he doing in Atlanta? Dang, I am so out of the loop.

runningfan said...

What an amazing experience! I was a proxy when Garry's dad was sealed to his deceased parents. It was incredible to feel that sealing power. I'm so glad you got to participate!

Kerri Whitney said...

Wow that is so exciting! They do look like they belong to your family! We are just waiting now to hear the big news on the 10th!

Julz said...

Thanks for sharing such an amazing experience.

[BrookeO] said...

Thanks for sharing this. It is moments like this that make life on earth so great.

xo

Colleen said...

What a blessing for those sweet girls and your entire family to have had this amazing experience at this point in their lives! The spirit in the temple is so strong and powerful, it will be something they can hold on to with those hard teenage years ahead! What a great, wonderful day!

Steph said...

I'm so glad you were able to come down and visit, it was so fun to be able to share this awesome experience with you guys. Thanks for the kind words you left on my blog. You're so sweet, I really am blessed to have such an aweome family. I would love to send you that picture, but i don't know yor email address. Let me know! Love ya!

Hillary said...

What a special day. This knowledge is what makes life worth living!

Trinette McCrary said...

Happy day!!!

Kasey said...

That is so cool! I love the picture of the whole family all together and especially the one of the kids all together. You definitely look like you belong together. So glad you were able to do this! By the way, your hair looks a lot shorter. You look great!

Laura B said...

Congratulations on your sealing, Kendra. It's fun to see pictures of you family. I can't believe you have to move again!! Best of luck. Just think of all the lucky people who get to meet you and have you in their lives!