This is our sweet little Granddaughter Haven's story~
Perhaps Haven's story starts first with her brother, Layton. Layton was placed in my son, Travis and Daughter in law, Amanda's home as a foster child. They have been foster parents for a few years. After having Layton for a few months he was eligible to be adopted. The two of them and their 6 biological children fell in love with this cute little one so they adopted him. You can read about Layton's temple sealing here.
Then in the fall of 2013; they learned that another baby, Layton's baby sister would be coming in December and they could decide to adopt her too. Of course, they wanted to have Layton's soon to be little sister.
In December our daughter in law, Amanda drove to California at time of delivery to pick this new little one up. With a little red tape, they were allowed to bring her home, pending the final adoption. It took a little longer than expected to finalize the adoption. Papers were signed in July.
The family and Judge - Final Adoption Signed. They were all very happy~
Next baby Haven was to be sealed in the temple to her parents. Layton had been sealed previously to this forever family.
You can read more about adoption and sealing of children in the temple here.
Here is the Proud parents with their now forever daughter, Haven.
Here is a picture of the beautiful temple that she was sealed in.
This is what a large sealing room looks like in temples~
Back row - Austin, Justice and Kason
Front row - Ethan and Layton, Travis and Haven, Amanda, Ryley and Karli.
Haven and her biological and forever brother, Layton~
Some very special friends came to the temple to witness this wonderful time.
Of course, Grandpa, Roger and Grandma, LeAnn
wouldn't miss this moment to be with our Haven and family.
On the next day - Baby Haven was given a Name and a Blessing by
her father, Travis in their Sacrament Meeting.
You can learn more about giving a Name and a Blessings Here.
Beautiful Haven and her lovely mother, Amanda on her blessings day~
After the church there were more pictures to taken of this occasion.
Back Row - Amanda. Austin, Justice, Ethan, Travis and baby Haven~
Front Row - Layton, Ryley, Karli and Kason~
Proud father taking more pictures~
Grandpa, Austin, Justice and Layton, Ryley, Karli,
Ethan and Kason and Grandma with baby Haven~
Couldn't resist one more picture of these precious grandchildren of ours.