Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Claire loves to see the Temple.

Claire's twelfth birthday was yesterday.  
Mr. Nielson and I took Claire to the temple.  
Once you turn twelve in the Mormon church,
and have a personal worthiness interview with the Bishop, you can be 
admitted to certain parts of the temple.
She has been looking forward to this day for a long time.
After school she came home and changed into her new temple/birthday dress.
 Mr. Nielson and I took our oldest child to the temple where we were married.
Claire was giddy.  She was nervous and so very excited.  
I was so emotional, and here is why:
First, I am so proud of Claire's desire to be good.
Second, I am so thankful I am alive.
Later that evening, Mr. Nielson and I also presented her with a journal. 
Inside is our family quote: {not be confused with the '12-'14 family quote}
"For courage to accept thy will,
To listen and obey.
We love thee, Lord; our hearts are full.
We'll walk thy chosen way"

I asked my mom and mother-in-law as well as my sisters and 
sister-in-laws to write notes to Claire.
Simple advice and love letters for her as she experiences life.  
Things maybe they wish they had known at 12.  
I put them inside this journal so she can read them anytime.
With 20 different letters from women with different talents, 
plans, emotions, ideas, advice and stories, I am sure this 
will be a helpful tool as she matures, progresses and grows in a unsteady world.
This was my favorite gift to give Claire. 
It was a wonderful day- plus Charlotte took a 3 hour nap.  
That has been a welcomed sleep since the past few days she skips them all together. 
 She is getting all of her molars in.  It's been ruff.

**Happy Halloween-Eve!**