Our Sealing

What a day this has been! Today Rachel was sealed to us. It was a beautiful experience. Most of my family live far away and were not able to be here, so this post has a lot of pictures for them.

We started the day with waffles. I believe in my heart that special occasions should be celebrated with waffles. Rachel didn’t have any, but she had some peaches. Those are good too.

We arrived at the temple at 12:30. We were met there by Marlene and Gary whose job it was to take care of Rachel while Jeff and I were getting our paperwork taken care of. We snapped a few pictures (of course).

While Jeff and I were getting ready, Rachel got ready too. She wore a beautiful white dress that was made (that would be custom-made) just for her by Sister Nixon. I just about fainted when I saw her in it. She was gorgeous!

The sealing was pretty quick, but we did have to wait for a few minutes, and Rachel was so good. She entertained everybody with her delightful singing. We were so glad to have our family and friends there. Jeff’s mom and dad and his grandparents were there, along with his sister aunt Tricia, her husband uncle Jarrod, his brother uncle Paul and his wife aunt Andrea, his brother uncle Brian, and his sister aunt Michelle. My dad and his wife Harriet came from Utah to be there. Other extended family came, as well as some of our dear friends.

My dad and Harriet

Rachel is just chillin’ in the temple lobby while she waits.
Steve and Gary
Marlene took great care of Rachel.
Marlene was entrusted with the important job of getting Rachel dressed. Nice job Mar!
Rachel and Holly
This is a different look for Brian.
Emma, aunt Jenny, uncle Bob, Jarrod
Brian, Andrea, Paul, Dad (mine)
Harriet, Mom (Jeff’s)

After the sealing was over we went outside for some more picture taking. We were happy that the weather stayed nice for us!

Jeff’s grandfather performed the sealing.

That is such a pretty dress!
Did you ever see a more beautiful baby?

What is she trying to tell me here?

Rachel with my dad.
All of Jeff’s family was there.

Finally we went to Jeff’s parents’ house for a cookout. We ate hamburgers, chips, soda, and derby pie. Those who stuck around long enough watched the Preakness Stakes where Big Brown dominated the field and won easily. (Stay tuned for my always exciting coverage of Big Brown’s quest to win the triple crown.) We will be sure to have a triple crown party.

Finally we went home and rested. It was a great day. I couldn’t possibly be happier.