(complete with candy bar poster)
Everyone looks overjoyed that early in the morning, don’t you think? 🙂
My brother and his family were still staying with us and it was fun to have a couple of them join in for the grand breakfast.
I snagged her from school and we went out to lunch.
Apparently it was the best birthday ever. All her friends remembered and sent her home with the most thoughtful, sweet things:
(It’s a pretty big deal when you turn twelve in our church because you get to “graduate” from primary and head into Young Women.)
One of the reasons Claire was so over-the-moon that Max would still be here for her birthday was that she was so dang excited to go to the temple (you get to start going when you turn twelve), and she wanted SO much to be there with him.
So she made sure to have her interview and be all prepared so that she’d be ready to go with us all on the very day of her birthday.
And it was quite a night I tell you!
Lucy stayed with my brother’s family and the rest of us headed to that wonderful place.
Claire’s excitement was tangible. Made my excitement pretty tangible too.
I felt so overwhelmed with love for that place, for those kids, for that husband, for faith, for the gospel, for a son ready to go share it.
As we were leaving we ran into this cute girl who was leaving the very same day to the very same mission with Max.
How crazy is that?
We basked in the glow of that beautiful place for a few minutes…
Then headed out to dinner at Texas Roadhouse.
…and then had our Claire-birthday-tradition DANCE PARTY.
The pictures can’t do it justice. It was rockin’.