We may as well keep this week a “Grace” week with the posts, because there sure has been a lot going on in her life lately I tell you!
Once upon a time, long, long ago, there was a family who lived in the desert.
It was proposed that a temple would be built in the midst of all the cornfields that stretched as far as the eye could see near their home.
Families were encouraged to take some pictures in that spot where a temple would some day stand.
So they did.
And this installment of the story is about that little girl the second in from the right below.
She, along with that family of hers got to watch the temple building progress.
She was able to add a little piece of her heart written on a rock into the bedrock of that holy place (HERE).
She even lucked out to accompany her mom during a little “lunch date” from school to see the Angel Moroni placed on the spire on top (HERE).
And eventually, that twinkly-eyed girl got to participate in the “cultural celebration” before the opening of that building:
…and she got to be there for it’s dedication along with her family (HERE).
The reason I bring this all up?
Well, on Saturday we got the opportunity to accompany that little girl, who has now grown into a glowing sister missionary, right back to that spot where she has spent so much time:
Even in the middle of a global pandemic.
On September 7th that temple opened to “phase 2” of the covid reopening. It was tricky work to get an appointment, but there happened to be a cancellation one day while her brother happened to be in town, and that family got to enter that beautiful spot once again accompanying that girl for her first time through.
Not only did she get to be accompanied by her brother and her uncle (above), and her parents, of course, she got to have all these aunts and uncles join her as well:
And with that, another temple experience goes down in the books for that family who’s kids continue to just go right on growing up.
So grateful for that beautiful spot, and to be there on that night with that girl we adore so much.
…and her brother too:
(If you want to check out the post when Max went through the temple for the first time, it is HERE.)
And that Wellesley girl of ours? (Since I know people will ask…) Well, we’re still waiting for that temple sealing. The original idea was for Grace and Elle to go through the temple together. In Hawaii. Oh they had grand plans! But covid has sure thrown a hanger in the works for that idea. Since Elle lives in Florida now she would have to get sealed there until there is another phase of “reopening.” Florida, of course, wouldn’t be bad since she and Carson love Florida so far, but they’re hoping to get sealed in the temple when lots of family can be there. And being on the other side of the country makes that tricky. So we’re holding tight on that one for now.
And basking in that opportunity we had last weekend.
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