"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to let you in."

-- Robert Frost

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

eliza's baptism

July 22 was a pretty special day filled with some pretty special promises for Eliza.

We believe that at the age of eight, a child is well on their way to understanding the difference between right and wrong choices. 

It's considered the age of accountability and though there's still lots and lots to learn, its a time when one becomes responsible for their own decisions and mistakes and has an adequate ability to back up, apologize, change and try a little harder to be a little better.

Eight is great ... and that's when baptism takes place and those commitments are really put into effect. 

Saturday was her big day and that girl radiated like a light.

And who wouldn't with these fantastic grandparents come all the way to celebrate with her?

And a brother who came down from college, too. He, also, received the priesthood allowing him to stand as a witness in her baptism and participate in the circle for her confirmation.

I sure love this great dad who loves this girl more than anything and helped her through it all.

There are some mental pictures I really don't want to forget.

We live in a small church congregation and after Eliza came out of the font and we were drying and changing in the women's bathroom, her two little best friends poured in and grabbed her hands and jumped up and down hugging her.

It was such a sweet moment.

In the quiet after they stepped out, I hugged her and she glowed at me saying she felt lighter than ever before.

I love that girl and her radiant spirit.

Friends from our church gathered to celebrate at our home afterward. Each and every one are like family and I'm so grateful for them.

What a special day and a special girl. Her choices to celebrate the light of Christ in her actions every day make her shine.

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