Monday, May 26, 2014

The Fort Lauderdale Temple

In October 2009, President Monson announced there would be a Fort Lauderdale temple. At the time, I was newly married and living in Utah. I remember hearing about the temple, but at the time I never would have imagined I would be living in South Florida when the temple was completed. Last fall I was asked to be a part of the Cultural Celebration, the youth performance that occurs the night before the dedication of the temple. For the last 6 months, I worked with the creative committee to help develop the script for the celebration and plan the important performance. It was a lot of work, but absolutely worth it! I had many experience that proved to me that the Lord's temple is a sacred place and miracles will happen in order to bring the temple to an area. I also had the chance to work as a tour guide at the Open House for the temple. Walking through the temple and learning about the importance of each room solidified my testimony of the work that happens in these buildings. I am so excited to have the temple here in South Florida! It really has been a blessing to be a part of 
bringing another temple to Florida! 

 The youth worked so hard and it paid off! 

President Uchtdorf came for the temple dedication and cultural celebration. He was so kind to stop and talk with everyone. The members were all beyond excited to meet him and shake his hand (me included!!)

To watch the Cultural Celebration (it's worth the watch I promise!) just click HERE

Isla Jane

On March 28th, my sister delivered a beautiful baby girl, Isla Jane. We have all been so excited to meet her, and my sister was a total rock star during her pregnancy. She had to have 2 surgeries and passed several kidney stones, but little Isla arrived without a hitch and has been such a blessing. She is so sweet and growing so fast. We feel so lucky to have her be a part of the family.

Welcome to the world Isla!

Four Generations of Reed girls

Milk coma… She is just too cute!

 Isla's first professional photo shoot.. I think she is a natural!

Love those lips!

Barcelona Adventure: Part 4

Since we had a few days in the city, we decided to do one of the popular day trips around Barcelona, Montserrat. Monserrat is a monastery that is up in the mountains about an hour outside of the city. Many of the people in Spain travel to the monastery to rub the orb that a statue of Mary is holding. We spent a day up at the monastery, taking a tour and seeing the boys choir perform. It was really amazing to think that people were able to build the monastery without all of the 
technology we have today. 

Our last day we made sure to go back to our favorite restaurants, the beach and we finally got to go the Picasso museum. I loved the museum. The museum took you on a tour of Picasso's life so you could really see his art develop. It was the perfect last day in the city. 

I really fell in love with Barcelona. It was the experience of a lifetime and I am so glad I had the chance to take advantage of my time there. I can't wait to go back in the future.

Barcelona Adventure: Part 3

Since my Dad is a HUGE soccer fan, we had to go to a game while we were in Spain. Unfortunately FC Barcelona was playing in Spain so we saw Espanol play instead. I have only been to one soccer game before this, but I have to say it was a great experience! The fans were crazy and the game was actually more exciting than I expected.  Oh and I had to get a scarf :)

The next day we got to do a tour of the FC Barcelona stadium, Camp Nou. We did an audio tour and got to go through all of the different areas of where the players go. They even have an area dedicated just to Messi.. which was actually really cool. 

The same day we took an open bus tour of the city and we got some great pictures of the more candid parts of the city. And of course I had to shop at Zara!