Monday, July 29, 2013

Special Temple Day

We had the opportunity to go up to the Washington D.C. temple this past weekend and met up with my family as Anna received her endowment. (By the way, Anna is going on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Arcadia, CA. FYI in case you hadn't heard).

(Before going on a mission or getting married, Mormons have the opportunity to participate in sacred ceremonies where they learn more about Heavenly Fathers plan, prayer and our relationship with God as well as make promises similar to those made at baptism. Let me know if you have questions!).

Darin and I joked on the way up about how we are totally fine driving 2.5 hours to the temple (or more with traffic) out here and even consider it a blessing that it only takes us that long, when in Utah driving up to Logan or Brigham City on a normal temple trip would seem absurd.

We both became very excited as we pulled into the parking lot and were flooded with memories and emotions from our wedding day two years ago. This temple will always have a special place in our hearts.

Thankfully my brothers were there to watch the Shaester while we were in the temple.
Overall, it was a great day inside the temple, and out. (But sad that Philip had to leave early to get back to work, hence, he is not in any of the pictures).

These two just can't get enough of each other.
Neither can these two. Seriously, when they get together they act like old friends who haven't seen each other in a long time. (And Shae really has a way of making Dad make faces that I have NEVER seen before. He's got some power in those chunky rolls I tell you).
Anna at the temple with our parents right before her mission.
Me at the temple almost exactly five years earlier, right before my mission.
And have you heard about the Cafe Rio's that they have just recently built out in the D.C./Maryland area? If not, check it out and go! We made sure to find the closest one to the temple and went. It was only about 12 miles away but took a bit to get there on the stop and go street. If these people had really been thinking, they would have built it right  next to the temple. They would have made bank. Seriously. 
It started to rain as soon as we got inside. Thirty minutes later when we were finished eating it was still pouring outside. We are definitely NOT in Utah in anymore. 
Thankfully there was no traffic on the way there OR on the way back (saaay wwhaaattt!) (We don't expect that to ever happen again) (Can you say miracle?) We found the Orioles game on the radio and were able to listen to it most of the way home. Now doesn't that just sound like a beautiful Saturday to you?

The End.

1 comment:

  1. I love this post! It's so much fun to see your parents and all of you together. Wow! Has your Mom changed in 5 yrs.! I love her gray hair and the new "do"! I had no idea Anna was about to leave on a mission! And how cool that she's coming to Arcadia, CA! She'll love the weather. Great folks in that mission. You all look wonderful and Shae gets cuter every day! Just know your parents were ga-ga over him. Waiting for Kaitlyn and Erik to give us one!! Love you guys!