|Chase and Rebekah coming out of the San Diego Temple on that special wedding morning|
It was lovely!
A few of our family and friends attended as the temple president sealed them. Beautiful words were spoken, wonderful advice given, love abounded, and the Spirit was strong. And, they are married!
|Getting boutonnieres on|
This was another first for me - first wedding of our children after Terry's passing. It was an emotional time for me but I felt love from above and knew that Terry was present. (I hope to someday be able to control these emotions a bit more, and I apologize to any who might feel uncomfortable because of my weakness.) I missed Terry's physical body next to me, but I took his recommend with me and carried it throughout the temple so that I could have something tangible to see and feel and remind me that he is here with us at those special occasions in our lives.
|the bride and her bridesmaids|
|Anthony and Chase ;) it was a warm day, but we had some fun in the sun|
We had a wonderful luncheon at the Boaz home and then helped set up for the reception.
The mighty wind began blowing the decor around, but the atmosphere was so pleasant and inviting. It was a wonderful event that brought cheer and delight to our hearts.
|Gelene and Ron Rodeback on the dance floor|
|Chase and Rebekah|
|leaving the reception|
It really was a wonderful day!
It was hard for me to leave home and begin this trip Thursday morning (Aug 6th). The best way for me to explain my feelings is that Terry is here in our home and I didn't want to leave him - there is a love that I feel here and a comfort and peace from above. I know he is not here physically, but I recognized more than ever before that his presence is here, and it's visible in his personal items that he left behind. I didn't want to leave it, but I did want to go to the wedding, so I had no other choice. I was grateful to find that peaceful spirit with us while we were away. I am learning in so many new ways that We are Family, and We are Together Forever!
Shawna drove down with BJo, Anthony and I for the wedding day. We enjoyed having her with us.
We have been to five different temples for our six married children. Each temple is beautiful and meaningful. The most glorious part of each is the Spirit that is felt within it's walls and the ordinances that are performed by those with the proper authority, especially that of eternal marriage, making it possible for families to be together forever.
Chase and Rebekah were each a part of an eternal family and are now part of a new eternal family - each being linked together in love. I am so happy that Rebekah has joined our eternal family - I love her!
|in love forever and ever ...|
I add these inspired words on Eternal Marriage, by Marion D. Hanks, to remind each of us of the importance of marriage. (Click on the link to read the complete text, not included in it's fullness here - it's a great read.)
And married people should be no relationship on earth needs friendship as much as marriage.
... heaven will be heaven for us because we know we will be there with the one we love the best ...
(I am looking forward to heaven! I am grateful to have a bit of heaven in our home!)