I spent Saturday here...
i have pearls on my shirt. this makes me happy.
(i'm not so secretly jealous of her long gorgeous hair. i'm so tired of looking like a colonial soldier with my short ponytail.)
The tender mercy happened after our 3 and 1/2 hour journey to the Columbia, South Carolina temple. (i CAN'T WAIT for the Atlanta Temple to open back up soon so that we can have a temple closer) When we got to the temple I ran in to an old friend in the temple. We had been in the Hillard North Carolina Singles Ward together and she was GETTING MARRIED that very day!
So, she invited my sister and I to come to her marriage sealing. Turns out she married a boy that my sister and I were in PRIMARY with! So, we got to see so many people that we knew when we were little kids! It was great. I saw my old bishop and his wife. That felt good. She was like a mama to me when I lived in Charlotte. We also saw Nina Hemby, an old family friend. It felt like a family reunion in there.
I wonder if thats how heaven is going to be, seeing people you didn't even remember how much you loved and missed, but then instantly feeling those ties of love again?
Tyra and Cameron were BEAMING. Their sealing ceremony was so special and an incredible spirit was in that room. They looked so happy and I was reminded of when I was sealed to my husband for time and all of eternity.
How grateful am I for that sacred blessing. I can feel the power of that phenomenal binding tie.
Then one of the best parts was when I got to see this girl. She was also there for Tyra's wedding. Jamie is my soul friend. I was in North Carolina when she was learning about the Mormon Church. We became close very quickly and I went to a few of her lessons with the missionaries. She was so ready to accept the gospel and was baptized last summer. I sang at her baptism. We were instant friends. We stayed up late playing volleyball at church. We went to playgrounds late at night with our friends and we pushed each other around in old grocery carts. We shared deep feelings and many of the same struggles. I love her dearly and cant WAIT for her marriage to Jay in December in the Raleigh Temple!
It was a very special day and I can't help but to feel that we were there for several very special reasons. I missed my John who was yet again at his Saturday interpreters course. But when we came home he, mom, and I went to Honey Camp and he serenaded us by the fire.
I love you, I wish you'd come around more often. This weekend was perfect. I really loved camping, being with my mom for her birthday, making breakfast for lunch with my sister and her husband and John today, and going to the temple on Saturday. Hey, thanks for being so fun. See you in 5 more days.
Love, The Murphys