Monday, September 28, 2009

Sealed......At Last!

Saturday, September 26th, 2009 was our 11th anniversary and the day we were finally sealed for time and all eternity. It is by far the sweetest memory of my life and I want to write about it in detail so that I never forget, even the little things about that day. Our sealing was scheduled for 11 am at the Oakland temple, which is 1.5-2 hours away, and we had to be there at 10 a.m. That made it so we had to leave our house no later than 8 am, and that made it so we had to be up by 6:30. We got up on schedule and left on schedule, which was a good start for me since I just can't seem to get myself out of bed these days. We were 3/4 of the way there and we hear yelling and see fists, hair, and feet flying in the rear view mirror. Cassie and Seth broke into a full on yelling match and fist fight minutes before we were supposed to arrive the most peaceful place you can imagine, the temple. I should have expected that at least, since they fight and make-up at least 10 times a day. I was hoping that at least for one day we could show nothing but love. Yeah right! We got there with plenty of time and were greeted at the front desk and ushered into the records office where we verified all of our names, birthdates, etc. Not too long later came a sister temple worker who took all three kids to a nursery room, and would be responsible for changing them into their white clothes. I gave them all a quick kiss goodbye and urged Cassie and Seth to be reverent one last time. The next time I saw them was when they were escorted into the sealing room. The next step was for Javier to be escorted to the men's room to change, and then someone came and did the same for me. The woman who was my escort was named Maria Lourdes Jones. She was a gray haired, short, chubby, Ecuadorian woman with a thick Spanish accent. She treated me as if I was a bride. She took me into the bridal room, along with my mom, and helped me change into my dress. Once we changed into our white clothes we met again and Javier was sitting on the couch waiting for me. As we approached the woman who was escorting me said to him, "Arise for your bride" in her thick spanish accent while motioning him to stand up with her hand. He looked at me with a smirk on his face. I couldn't hold back a giggle because I felt silly being called a bride and because of the look on his face when she said that. She then escorted us upstairs where we met with Brother Davis, our sealer. Also Annette's dad.
He took his time and gave us instructions about what was going to happen and what and when we would need to do something. Finally we were escorted into the sealing room and greeted with the bright smiling faces of my closest friends and family. We were both so nervous because neither one of us done or witnessed a sealing before. He spoke a few sweet words of wisdom and then had us kneel across from each other at the altar. Once we were sealed together as husband and wife they called the nursery and brought the kids up to us to be sealed. I was so happy I couldn't stop smiling, by now my cheeks were sore from smiling so big for so long. I just couldn't force my mouth to not smile, it was impossible! When Cassie, Seth, and Carson came in they were reverently folding their arms and had sweet looks of curiosity on their angelic little faces. As the temple worker handed Carson to my mom he gave her the cutest, gummy smile. It melted everyone's heart. The next part of the ceremony lasted a few short minutes and before I knew it, the day I thought would never come was almost over. The Quesada family was sealed and I was a happy mommy and and a happy wife. Next item of business was to get photographic evidence, i.e., a family portrait of all of us in our white clothes. That almost didn't happen, but luckily they decided to allow us outside in our white clothes long enough to get some cute pictures. Once the pictures were over with we all went back to grandma's and had some lunch and cake, after all it was our wedding anniversary too :)

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Carson's Blessing

My Favorite Little Guy

We had Carson blessed last Sunday, August 30th. It was an extra special blessing because he is our third child, but the first one that Javier blessed. Cassie and Seth were both blessed by my dad. I had my uncles James and Loren, and my brother Jesse stand in with Javier, and of course Grandpa, my dad, and the branch president, Presidente Alvarado. Carson was such a little angel, he didn't make a peep during the whole blessing and then was happy to let anyone hold him and take a bunch of pictures of him. He is such a good baby! I was a little worried because we attend the Spanish branch, so of course the whole meeting was in Spanish. None of my family speaks Spanish so naturally I was worried that they would be bored. We solved it by getting the headphones out and Sister Booth was able to translate all the talks to English, so everything worked out great. With my whole family there, we easily tripled the size of our little branch. I was so proud of Javier, he gave Carson such a sweet blessing. I tried hard to listen, but it was difficult with Seth whispering in my ear the whole time. The best I can remember is that he blessed him to have a happy childhood, to grow strong and healthy, to marry a sweet and beautiful girl someday in the temple, to love his parents and siblings, to find the path to happiness in his life, to be a good student so that someday he will have a good career and be able to support a family. Of course immediately after the blessing he held Carson up and he just looked as cute as can be. After the sacrament we all went back to my mom's for lunch and pictures. Here are a few from that special afternoon.

My Little Family
Everyone that was able to come to the Blessing

Dad, Jesse, Javier, Grandpa, Loren, and James(not pictured) stood in the circle