Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Sealing and Blessings

What an amazing few weeks we've had! Not only did we get to bring home our beautiful new Ethan, but we got to seal Luke to us and bless both Luke and Ethan in church! As we sat in the celestial room waiting to be sealed I/we felt overwhelmed with all of the blessings we have received in our lives this past year. We feel so lucky to have had Luke join our family in such a miraculous way, Jake has a good job (which seems like a miracle these days), we've really worked to pay off our debt, my parents have been gracious enough to let us overtake their home, and we added a beautiful and sweet little boy to our ever-growing bunch!

The sealing was short and sweet--actually my Mom didn't even know it happened until we all stood up and started filing out! Luke was giving us some tough love as he put up a fit throughout the ceremony which meant we really didn't hear much of what was being said. It was such a wonderful feeling to finally have him adopted and eternally sealed to us. Thank you to all who came and participated in the event--especially Jamie, Grammy, Grampa, Austin, and Grandma Jewkes--all the way from Utah!The next day we had the AWESOME opportunity to bless both of the kids on the same day--so cool! Jake did a fabulous job and it all went off without a problem except that Jake called Ethan by "Luke" once. Oh well!Now Grampa and Jamie/Austin are back in Utah, Mom, Julie, and Claire are in Texas and we get the privilege of having some one on one time with Grammy at home! Yeah, lucky us!Ethan update: cute as beans, a very good baby, already working on his Baby Wise schedule, growing rapidly with all he is eating, keeping mommy partly insane but not too bad! We just love him so much and he is so stinkin' cute! Due to my "cabin fever" he's already begun making outings to a petting zoo, the grocery store, Wilson's Warehouse, and story time. Cooper is very in love and sweet with him and Luke is trying not to slap him so hard every time he sees him and trying not to be so jealous of his bottles. The insanity is fun!! When we looked through Cooper's scrapbooks we noticed and uncanny resemblance between him and Ethan. I think they are going to look exactly alike as they get older. Weird!

16 comments:

Grant and Shalie said...

Oh I'm so happy you posted pictures of the blessings and the sealing, I wish so badly that I could have been there. You look amazing darling, it just isn't fair! Your family is so cute, I just want to hug them all. Hope you have fun with my mom this next week. Love you guys

Jene and Megan said...

I'm so glad you're feeling better about the craziness going on around you! All your boys are darling!

rebabell said...

He is really cute- and he does look a lot like Cooper. I can't believe how big Luke is! He's totally thinned out and he looks so old! He is such a cutie. Fun update- wish we could have been there!

Wilde Family said...

I am so excited for you guys!!! Can you believe that you have 3!?! Ethan is so cute and I can't believe how big Cooper and Luke are. You look great and full of energy for being a mother of 3 boys. Congratulations!

The Child Family said...

I had such a great time out in Georgia. I'm so glad I was able to make it out for such a special occasion, I can't wait to go back!!!!
And I love that stripped outfit Ethan is in, so cute!!!

Chad and Carole said...

You look great! I'm so glad I'm not the only one taking their new little baby out into the world. I love sealings...beyond my own wedding I think they are the sweetest things to attend, especially when a little kid is getting sealed to their folks. All your boys are very cute. Can't wait to meet them all...I hope your cabin fever will bring you to the Charleston coast!!!

Meredith said...

We missed you guys at playgroup this week! So glad we got to be there for the sealing. Thanks for including us! I LOVE all these pictures!! I don't have Delaney at all after today, so maybe Avery and I can come out for a visit next week....

kateworthi said...

I can't believe you're up and doing so much already! You are one awesome girl! Ethan is so handsome. And I'm so happy you were able to get Luke sealed too! What a neat experience. Your fam is so great.

Jen said...

Emily -- I love the adorable pictures of ALL your BIG family!! I can hardly believe that you are mother of three super cute boys. Ethan is a doll. Congrats on the sealing and the blessings and the job and all the rest . . . you lucky girl.

Shapiro said...

Congratulations you guys! I love these pictures! Dave and Em's babies were just sealed to them too at Christmas and one of them screamed the whole time so it went really fast as well! What a special experience and you all look so wonderful and happy! The Lord has really blessed you and loves you! I love you! I can't wait to see you guys again and hold all your cute boys!

Dixie and Drew said...

It was so neat to see your boys blessed right after one another. That was cool! You boys are all adorable!

Bryan and Julie Schock said...

I loved seeing both your boys being blessed on the same day. That was way awesome! Remind me to tell you our story of when we were sealed. Let me know when you need a break and I would love to help out. I could come over and you could take a long nap or I could watch them at my place and you can do whatever your heart desires. Let me know!!

Jessica Sedgwick said...

I wish we could have been there. Get some rest while Jake's mom is there! Your kids are adorable.

Amanda J said...

We wish we could have been there too! Cute pictures of all your boys. Take care of yourself:)

Rachel said...

You make some dang cute babies! Seriously, Ethan is ADORABLE.

Ryan and Andrea said...

Wow, you are amazing! Cute family & adorable pics.