|Addie in the celebration dress she changed into so she wouldn't mess up her white dress for church the next day!|
Last Saturday Addie was baptized a member of our church. At age 8 we believe that children are more understanding of their choices and the promises they're making. She was full of all things good and sweet. I loved sharing a few private minutes to talk to her as I helped her get changed out of her wet clothing and into her baptism dress. I talked to her about the feeling she was experiencing (besides being all wet) and the promise that she can feel that same clean feeling every week as she partakes of the sacrament. I talked to her about the importance of choosing to be baptized and how this is a wonderful decision that can be followed by many more good decisions in her life. Before we went back to the meeting I stood with her in front of the mirror and encouraged her to take a mental picture of that moment. There are a few fleeting images from my baptism cemented in my head, and I wanted her to have a few of her own to look back on over the years. She received a sweet blessing from her dad as she was confirmed. I couldn't have asked for things to go any better. We came home to celebrate with family and friends over brunch, and everything was completely lovely. I am so grateful for this good girl and her desire to choose the right.