As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, the 12th birthday is a big deal. It means that not only do you graduate from the Primary organization and enter the ranks of "Youth" but you also are old enough to get a temple recommend and enter the House of the Lord to do Baptisms for the Dead. What a beautiful ordinance.
Ksenya decided long before her birthday that she wanted to go to the temple for her birthday adventure. She prepared for months, meeting with the bishop and doing a lot of study. I was so impressed with the way she approached that experience with prayer and fasting.
It was a beautiful day - simple and peaceful and lovely.
Grandma and Grandpa Cox were able to come with us and took us out for ice cream afterward. We missed the other Grand's who are still serving their trek mission. Her Daddy and I wanted her to have something to help her remember this special day so we gave her a beautiful white ceramic replica of the St. George Temple and wrote her name and the date on the bottom. What a blessing to be in the sacred place with these people I love so much.