Yesterday morning we were able to have our sweet Ethan sealed to us in the Jordan River temple. The ceremony was small, just family and a couple close friends. It was perfect!
Ellie looked beautiful in the white dress Grandma Hillman made and Ethan was sweet and happy as ever. He kept smiling at us and every time he did, I was overwhelmed with love for him. He is such a perfect fit for our family! This whole experience has taught me to trust more completely in my Heavenly Father. We prayed for years for our little family to grow. We passed through heartache as we waited and wondered why we weren’t blessed with something we wanted so badly. We were led to become a foster family and experienced more joy and heartache through that process than we could have imagined. We had no idea where the spirit was leading us! We just knew it was right, and now we know why. Our prayers have been answered! I don’t know why Ethan needed to come to us the way he did. But looking back I wouldn’t change a thing. He brings so much joy to our family and I can’t imagine my life without his sweet smile.
After the temple, we had a luncheon at our church (which I failed to get any pictures of, so if any of you did, please pass them on…). We enjoyed visiting with family, catching up with old friends and eating yummy food. It was a long day, and the kids lasted much longer than I thought they would. (Ellie broke down several times at the end, and Ethan did once we got home, but we’ll pretend that didn’t happen.)
In short, it was a perfect day! Ellie keeps telling people that Ethan is now “stuck to us like glue”. I like that description, as long as the glue is eternal! We are feeling very blessed and are looking forward to whatever else our Father has in store for us.
ps–my cute friend, Dani, took the above picture. Didn’t she do a great job? Yes, it’s real!