Saturday, October 22, 2011

The Temple and Adoption

When we found out we would be adopting our son in August, we knew that meant a change of pace in our lives as we knew them. And we were ready to welcome that change. But then Kyson came, and he has been so easy going and perfect, we have realized we really haven’t had to slow down all that much…yet. We know that in the next month or two that will most likely change a lot more, but we have sure been taking advantage of Kyson’s easiness and have been going all over the place trying to visit as many people as possible. We also have been taking him to all of the BYU Football games, which is just so much fun. He sleeps through most of the game, but when he’s awake, he’s just calm and enjoys looking around.
Last weekend we had the opportunity to be a part of something very special. Our dear friends Shaun and Lanette were able to finalize their adoption of their sweet baby girl Iris, and be sealed to her for time and all eternity. Kyson and I were able to attend their court finalization, which was fascinating and touching in a way I couldn’t have predicted. My brother Ki and his girlfriend Jaynanne babysat Kyson for us so we could go to their sealing in the Provo Temple.  I was prepared to cry, but nothing could have prepared me for how special and sacred it really was. The moment they brought that sweet little girl into the sealing room, you could just feel the Spirit so strong. There was a beautiful chandelier in the sealing  room, and that was the first thing she saw. Her eyes were just fixated on that light, and it was so precious. We are so grateful to Shaun and Lanette for allowing us to be a part of something so special. It only reinforced our excitement and anticipation for our own finalization and sealing, which will take place six months from when Kyson was born, near the end of February. We also got to go to Provo to be there when they blessed little Iris in Sacrament Meeting at Church. What a sweet, special event that was as well.

Adoption is such a special, inspired opportunity that we feel very blessed to have been able to take part in. We have met so many wonderful people on our journey, and most importantly, we have been led to our son. There is no question that he was meant for our family from the very beginning. He knows who we are in a way that is hard to explain. I know that he can feel our eternal love for him, and he has an amazing way of showing us his own love for us. A sweet sister from my home ward in Elma shared with me this quote:
Kent and I are so looking forward to the day we can go to the Temple and have Kyson sealed to us for time and all eternity. It is a very special opportunity that we will have to bring our son into the Temple for that sweet experience. Some dear friends of ours who adopted one of their three children explained it this way: it is like a “trade-off.” Although we weren’t able to conceive and bear this child in the traditional way, how special it is that we get to take him into the Temple to receive the blessings of an eternal family across the alter. And on the flip side, should we one day be able to get pregnant and bear children, how sweet will that birth experience be, no matter how painful.  You either get to give birth to your child, or take him or her to the Temple. Both experiences are sacred and amazing, and it is just a tender mercy that no matter which way your children come to you, you will be able to enjoy one of those blessings.  

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