With Mark having turned 12 recently, we took advantage during our Thanksgiving break to enjoy his first visit to the temple.
He stood as proxy for those who had departed from this mortal life without having received the saving ordinance of baptism. It was a great experience for us...and a tradition we hope to carry on with each of our children when they turn 12. Our family goal this year is to determine what family history work has yet to be done so that we can take our own personal family names to the temple.
Another fun event that we took part in was the Christmas festivities that occur in Old Town St. Charles. The cobblestone streets add to the nostalgia. The buildings are simply and tastefully decorated. And there are Christmas characters from all over the world that walk the streets and talk with the children. Plus, there are fresh baked goods and kettle corn. Something for everyone!