Well, my baby is now 12 years old! We had a nice day yesterday celebrating Rachel's birthday. This is how it went:
We gathered at our usual time (6:30am) to start off the day with family scripture time. After a quick read, Rachel followed the string to find her gifts hidden around the house. She opened her presents which included a purple iPod Nano from her dad, mug from Jennifer, cello CD from Kevin, two little metal cats from mom, big jawbreaker and magnet dog from Jessica, a Chinese yo-yo, a boink, and a Gaia cashcard from Melissa, and some new green quad scriptures. We sat down and enjoyed yummy baked french toast for breakfast, then we were off and running for a typical school day!
That evening we sat down for a Spaghetti dinner- Rachel's favorite. When done, we all got dressed in our Sunday best, got in the car and headed off to the Portland, Oregon Temple.
What a joy to have the whole family together in the temple to do baptisms for our kindred dead. The kids did about 10 names each, and Brian performed the baptisms and confirmations. I especially felt the spirit as Kevin joined the rest of us in the confirmation room. I felt a special warmth and peace at that time. I look forward to being in the temple many times as a family in the future with all of us together. May we all live worthy to do so.
After taking some pictures by the fountain outside, we went to the bookstore where Rachel picked out a scripture bag for her new scriptures. We ended the day back home with chocolate birthday cake.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY RACHEL! WE LOVE YOU!