Friday, November 14, 2008

My Favorite Place on Earth


I get to go to my favorite place on earth this weekend!!! Brad took tomorrow off and we're going to drive to DC tonight with the girls so that I can go to the Washington DC Temple tomorrow morning, and I'm so excited. Isn't it sad, though, how you know you're sacrificing to do something wonderful, but this little thing inside of you tries to convince you that it's not worth the trouble.......I woke up this morning with this lazy feeling and thoughts like, "the kids aren't going to sleep well, and the gas and food will cost more than we can afford, and I'm not going to be able to do very much because of the long drive, etc., etc." You-know-who wanted me to feel that way and think those things, but he did not win!!!! I have not been able to go often, and every opportunity that comes available, I need to take it. I feel so amazing and loved and safe and special when I'm in the temple. Not only do I get to do some pretty great work for somebody else, but I get to feel wonderful while doing it. And my favorite part is sitting in that celestial room afterwards, praying and feeling the love and peace offered me there. Plus, our girls get to be on the temple grounds and visit the Visitor's center which I feel is so important for them. I want them to love the temple and want to attend long before they're old enough to actually go inside. And, on top of all this happiness we get to visit with a treasured friend of mine, Erin, while we are in the area and her two little girls who we love. Tom is running a marathon that day, so we won't get to see him, but we love him, too and will miss him!

8 comments:

deana said...

Mandy, how wonderful for you. I would love to go back to Washington someday. Having the Raleigh temple close by is wonderful. I do miss the Washington temple becasue we were married there. It is so gorgeous. You are so very blessed. I am glad you won the fight with you know who.

Christi Graham said...

How fun that you get to visit with Erin while you are there. We were sealed in the D.C. temple too. I love all of our temples but, I have a special place for the D.C. temple. I hope you enjoy it.

The Coles said...

Next time you come, you will have to stop for a visit! we live 50 miles from DC (of course the traffic adds a lot more time. . .) We love going to the DC temple too! Is this your temple district?

Rachelle said...

Mandy, you know if you drive to see the Coles, you have to see us too! :)

Hope you had a great time! It was nice weather...chilly today though!

Krissy said...

I hope you enjoyed your time at the Temple...We were finally able to attend the Laie Temple last week. It was great to be there, it's been to long since we were there last, before Joel deployed last year...We're bummed though, because it closes at the end of the year for renovations for 18 months. Hopefully we can make it a few more times before it closes.

Love and miss you guys,
Krissy

erin sheely said...

It was sooo fun to have you here!!

Tricia said...

What a great opportunity. I love the visitor's center there. The temple and the grounds are so beautiful! I'm so glad you overcame the "ick" and went and had a great time.

Amber said...

Vaughn and I are going tomorrow!! I can't wait. Of course, it's not quite as much a sacrifice for us as it is for you. It's only 30 minutes from our house. We need to go more than we do. Thanks for the sweet post!! I hope you have a wonderful trip.

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