Thursday, July 22, 2010

A Bit of Paradise in the Desert

Last month we went down to Arizona to visit my friend Britt and her family for Camille's angel day. It seemed crazy that we would pick the one place hotter than Las Vegas to go for the weekend but it ended up being totally worth it. We got to see lots of old friends a met a few new ones. We ate amazing food and cooled off by the pool.

We also went to the Mesa, AZ Temple. I had never been there before. I was stunned at how beautiful it was in the middle of the desert. We loved the lush grounds and the visitor's center. 

I love my little family. Even with the hole in the middle of it... it is a beautiful thing to me.

And I know that one day the hole will be refilled. I feel sure of that promise. I am grateful for the temple where we can make and receive such meaningful promises with and from the Lord.

And I am especially grateful for this little piece of heaven in my home. He refreshes my soul and replenishes my spirit. 14 months and he is all over the house, walking in my shoes whenever he can find them. He loves my wedge sandals and my Crocs. He thinks he is so big walking all around clip clopping in my shoes. And before bed I hold him up to the picture of Camille in his room and he gives her a kiss. He doesn't do that to anyone or anything else. I really think he remembers her.


Diana...aka...MeMe said...

Great family pictures!! Nobel is so cute! God has blessed your little family!

Anonymous said...

stephanie, i see a little missionary in him. one day he will be teaching the gospel. your family is beautiful and there may be a physical hole but the spiritual body is complete... that is all that counts, right? our lives here on earth are for just a moment, our spiritual lives are for an eternity.... you have done a wonderful job teaching and nurturing your kiddos.

love the pics.

Lee and Michelle said...

What wonderful inspiration you and your family are. I am a friend of one of your friends (Carrie). I laugh and cry reading your blog and don't even know you - yet as a sister in Christ - feel as though I do. Thanks for the occasional pick me up!

shanan said...

great weekend. great pictures. great conversation. fun times!

Stef said...

Oh, we lived in Mesa for 7 years. It is a great temple with beautiful grounds and a great Spirit. You should go back for the Easter Pageant. SO worth it!
You have a beautiful family!

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Elaine said...

Oh, so cute!!! :)

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Christine Dallimore said...

I have never been to the Mesa Arizona Temple, but it is on one of my top lists of places to go! My Chrisy Lee site is up...finally. Your doll is up and you can view her here: She is also on her way to you. I am SO mortified and sorry that it has taken me this long to get her to you. No good excuses, just that I have had a lot of migraines, kidney stones and it's summer. Busy, busy-crazy!! Anyhow, if you don't receive her soon for some reason, please let me know!

As to your little guy...that is sooo sweet that he kisses Camille's picture. I believe you are right...I bet he does remember her. How awesome is that?!?