Monday, November 24, 2008

friends & showers

(sorry the pictures are kinda crummy. I keep forgetting to charge my camera & had to use my cell phone to take pictures.)

We have had such a fun week!
We had a baby shower for our sweet little Madison. I am so grateful for such wonderful friends who came to celebrate our new little miracle with us. Everything was so beautiful...the flowers, the food, the decorations, and all of the precious little pink clothes! I can't wait to see my little Madison dressed in those adorable, tiny little dresses and shoes. These last few weeks are going to be torture...staring at all of her little things and just waiting....

Earlier in the week, we were surprised by some amazing friends who came to visit. Before our schedules were so erratic, we fed the missionaries dinner every third Sunday. We made some really awesome friends during that time, and one of those missionaries came back to visit us, but to our surprise, he brought with him Elder Ben Caddy! Caddy taught Sean the gospel when we were in Byrd Springs ward where he was baptized, and then Caddy was transferred to Winchester ward a year later and was able to go to the temple with us when we were sealed... what are the odds of that? :) It was so awesome to see him after so long. The boys stayed up all night playing video games while I slept (I'm such a party pooper), but we did get to go out for a nice dinner and catch up on lost time. We are so grateful for Caddy; he was everything Sean needed..a friend, a teacher, and a humble example of God's unconditional love. He truly changed our lives. Because of the sacrifice he made in choosing to go on a mission, we were able to become an eternal family, we are able to raise our family united in belief and faith, and we have been comforted through the gift of the spirit and in knowing of the plan of salvation as we have faced the many challenges that life has thrown our way. I can't imagine what life would be like if this sweet elder hadn't come into our lives and shared his testimony with my sweet hubby.
My heart is so full of gratitude and love as I look back on the events of last week. I am so thankful for the amazing friends that God has placed in my life and for the opportunity that He has given me to celebrate with them.

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