Since Ella is now 12, she has the privilege and opportunity to attend the temple and do baptisms there. She was able to go for the first time with her best friend here in Iowa, Alyssa. We don't have a temple close by like we did in Dallas, its a good 2 hour drive(which still isn't crazy far) but since its 4 hours worth of driving and 1 1/2-2 hours inside the temple, I couldn't go since I am still nursing Luke. I was very very sad! :( But such is life as a mom I guess. Having babies puts some limits on where you can be. She totally understood. All I truly care about is that she had a spiritual and enjoyable experience and she definitely did. Alyssa's family(who are just wonderful!) invited us to go with their family for Alyssa's birthday. Joey went with Aubrey and Ella and their family and had a great time. They ended the night with dinner at Red Robin too which I know they really enjoyed! I'm grateful she was able to attend for the first time with a sweet friend! I am so very proud of you my sweet Ella. You are making wonderful choices in your life and living worthy to enter the temple. You have a giving and helpful heart. You share your testimony in church now and share it by the way you live each day. We love you and are so proud of you!!!! I'm glad your first temple experience was so awesome. I can't wait to go with you too.