This morning we had the wonderful opportunity to take Ellie to the temple and be sealed together as a family. It was amazing to walk in to the sealing room and see so many of our friends and family members gathered together - the room was overflowing with loved ones. It brought tears to our eyes to feel all of the support. Thanks to all of those who made the effort to come from near and far.
There was a little delay in bringing Ellie up to us, because she was having a little bit of a meltdown. Once the nice temple worker brought E in, she stopped crying as soon as Greg got her. When we got ready to do the sealing, Ellie started screaming again. So Greg picked her up, and the tears instantly stopped. So we tried again, and there were tears. Picked up - no more tears. We finally just got on with it, and Ellie cried the whole time. Afterwards, everyone came by and gave us hugs, and Ellie wasn't quite sure what to think about all of those people touching her mom and dad!
After some quick pictures (and I will post those as soon as I get them from Kelly), and a bottle, Ellie was perfectly content and happy. We put her in her car seat to come home, and she was asleep almost instantly. Most of the people who were at the temple came to our house for a little luncheon, and Ellie slept the whole time.
Everyone has left our house now, and I wanted to take a quick moment to blog while the feelings were fresh. The Spirit was so strong today in the temple. I am so grateful for the plan of salvation and for the opportunity we have to be a forever family.
Cherie Call has a beautiful song about adoption, and as I have thought about Tayler today, some of the lyrics keep running through my mind:
You delivered her from Heaven, something only you could do
And you have trusted us to love her and to teach her what is true
You have been our earthly angel
And I hope you know we pray
That we can deliver her back to Heaven
And that we'll meet you there someday
I pray that we will be able to teach Ellie the things she needs to know so that we can meet Tayler in heaven, and fulfill the trust that she placed in us to raise Ellie.