Hi! I'm Holly Brimhall, a newborn photographer in Gilbert, AZ. I am the mother of 4 and a lover of ALL things baby. This blog is where I share the life of my family and favorite pictures of my newborn photography sessions.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thankful {Day 7}....


Maybe I can get at least 15 days of "Thankfulness" this month. I have SO much to be grateful for! What I could really use is a bit more time, though. I know, I'm dreaming!

Today I'm thankful for photography and for the chance I had to do this...

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Oh, and looky there...NO BRACES! I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how thankful I am to have those puppies off!

I felt like the luckiest girl on the planet to be invited to take pictures at the groundbreaking for the new Gilbert, AZ temple, to have front row seats, and a "back-stage" pass.

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At choir last week, I overheard a group of sisters planning their visit to the groundbreaking for the temple. Their plan was to arrive at 7:00 in the morning, when the priesthood was to arrive to start setting up chairs, so that they could be as close to the front as possible. People stood in line a really long time, just to get a picture of their family with a large framed picture of the temple. They estimate that 7,500 people attended the groundbreaking ceremony.
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As I was taking pictures, Elder Walker, a member of the First Quorum of the Seventy - who I didn't know, walked over to me, shook my hand, introduced himself, and asked if there was a certain picture that I'd like. I could hardly get the words out that I'd like a picture of him and Elder Costa, a member of the Presidency of the Seventy who was presiding at the meeting, together. He said, "Sure! Let me get him for you!"
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And then Elder Costa and his wife posed for me...
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I loved listening to President Garn, the President of the Mesa, AZ Temple, bear his tender testimony of the gospel...
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Sister Walker was just as cute as could be...
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Sister Costa shared some sweet experiences and stories about the temple...
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And Elder Costa shared his powerful testimony, as well...
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After the land was dedicated by Elder Costa, the shovels were passed out...
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Maybe my favorite part of the day was when President Barney was invited to come and take a turn. Elder Costa looked down at their shovels and joked about how it was obvious that President Barney was a REAL worker, that he was ready to get something accomplished, and compared it to his shovel. Those close enough to hear him had a good laugh...
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Once the local leaders - congressmen, mayors, local stake presidents, etc had each had a turn, Elder Costa invited this darling girl, who happened to remind me of my Little Miss, to take a turn and then let each and every person who wanted to have a turn, dig a bit with their a golden shovel...
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I'm grateful that I was able to take pictures with my friend, Jacque, and to be so close to the general authorities of the church. The Spirit felt there was something I simply will never be able to forget!!!

9 comments:

Megan 4:13 PM  
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Megan 4:13 PM  

Way fun! Elder Garn was in my mission as the are authority. We are so blessed to have the Gospel and Temples!!

Tressa 5:03 PM  

What a neat experience. :)

Tressa 5:04 PM  
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house of 7 6:16 PM  

Your photos made a lump grow in my throat. It's so wonderful our state is getting more temples built. What a wonderful experience for you.

Cami D. 8:10 PM  

Holly that's so great!! I love that you are 'PRESS' not to mention GORGEOUS! Um hello!

wendy 9:35 PM  

Holly....hi :) I'm Wendy Walker Avila-my friend, Christa Stufflebeam linked me to your blog. I loved the photos of the groundbreaking-my mom and dad are Elder and Sister Walker. So happy to see what they've been up to!!!

Karen 3:32 PM  

Yay! I'm so happy for you, Holly! What a wonderful experience.

Ali 1:17 PM  

Oh Holly, I'm so glad you posted those pictures! We live in Pecos Park (Higley & Pecos) and walked over to the groundbreaking. It was fun! And when had a pretty good view, but as soon as that dedicatory prayer was done people stood up & started leaving! We didn't get to see ANY of the groundbreaking, I was so disappointed! Thank you for sharing those pictures!

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