Exactly one year ago today, our entire family went to the St. Louis, MO Temple to have our precious baby Jayden sealed to us forever. Normally, our other children would have to wait until they were older to enter the temple; but since they were given the opportunity to be present for the sealing, our children had been preparing for this day for quite some time.
We made the 6-hour drive as a family from Michigan to St. Louis, Missouri on the morning of November 20th. We arrived in the early afternoon- just in time for the sealing ceremony. Abe's parents, my parents, and several other close friends were there with us. We arrived with all our white clothing in our bags, and we were ready for this big moment we had been anticipating for such a long time. My parents accompanied my children into the dressing room and helped them get dressed into their white clothes. When Abe and I entered the dressing room, I could feel the excitement in the air. The temple workers had given each of the children a packet for them to write their feelings about their experiences. The children looked like the purest of angels dressed in all white.
I cannot express in words the feelings of love that ran through my heart as Abe and I knelt at the altar knowing that in moments Jayden's adoption would be sealed for the eternities. We had been praying to find him for so long. My mother brought our baby Jayden to us and placed his hand on ours. After the sacred ceremony, the rest of our children came up around the altar as well and learned about the significance of an eternal family on a level they will never forget.
I asked each member of our family (who can talk) to share their feelings and memories from the temple.
Their words touched my heart deeply.