We took a fun trip the week before Christmas to the Washington DC Temple with Wes, Sara and Payton Walton so they could become an eternal family. What a blessing for them and what a treat for us to be part of it.
We drove to DC the day before so we could enjoy the LDS Bookstore and see the lights on the temple grounds. It was 50 degrees and a lovely evening for seeing the lights. There were 500,000 lights on every bush and tree and were a beautiful addition to the beauty of the temple.
I especially enjoyed the nativity scenes inside the visitors center and outside on the grounds.
These two were from Holland and the Philippines, two countries I have been to.
This one intrigued me because someone had taken pictures of their family dressed up in the figures of the nativity and put them on blocks and displayed them as a nativity. Something my girls would do. The nativity outside was life-size and beautiful.
We had a real treat when we met Mike an Debbie Corry at Café Rio for lunch before we went to the temple. It was a fun time with family and I loved having Café Rio again.
It was Wes and Sara’s first time at Café Rio and they loved it too. Rod even enjoyed his coconut shrimp tacos.
We had a Christmas party at Institute Thursday evening, a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner with the Carman’s and enjoyed being with the little kids on Christmas Eve while they were tracking Santa’s progression around the world, and a Christmas feast at the Wylie’s with their family after Sacrament meeting.
Our most enjoyable Christmas activity was visiting with family. It was almost as good as being there. We love our Savior. We are happy to be serving Him here in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission. We pray we may all put Him first throughout this new year and always.