Today was one of those wonderful days you don't ever want to forget. My little guys were baptized. It was a sweet day.
I spent several hours doing lots of cooking, because Rinar's family drove down from St. George to be a part of their special day. Everyone could make it except for Lani, due to pregnancy things.
Anyways, lunch was at 2pm and we ate French Dip sandwiches, sweet pork sandwiches, hot spinach artichoke dip, cowboy caviar, and guacamole. Everyone seemed to like the food and there was lots of it. I now have leftovers for my dinner co-op, so I am set.
Rinar got the kids there 30 minutes early and I was able to get myself and the other three there 5 minutes before it started. When I walked through the doors, Raef ran up to me in his white jump suit, wearing a ginormous grin on his face. It really struck me: my kids are really getting baptized!
I did my best to keep the day as low-key as possible. I didn't want to be stressed out trying to do too many things. My strategy worked. I didn't feel any contention or angst about anything, so I felt spiritually prepared for their big day. It was important that I feel this way because I gave the talk on the gift of the Holy Ghost.
I think it went well and I felt the spirit. I hope others did too.
This first part of the meeting was in the sacrament room. Zach and Raef were baptized along with Trevor M. and Madeliene N. There were a lot of people there. Trevor's mom Carolyn gave the talk on the Holy Ghost and my sweet nieces Lindy, Bryn, Bethany, and Mary Jane sang a baptism song. It was adorable and really brought the spirit to the meeting. When we finished with this part of the program we went into the room with the baptismal font. They invited all of the children to the front to watch. Unfortunately, there were a lot of kids and it pretty much blocked the view so I couldn't see very much. There was a mirror on the top of the wall at an angle, so I could see the tops of their heads, but not much else.
Then we headed to another room to do the confirmation. By then, the injuns were getting mighty restless. Our ship had entered stormy waters. In other words, it was not the most reverent confirmation I have ever been to. However, they both sat in the chair very reverently, folded their arms, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. There were a lot of men in the circle with Rinar: Grandpa, Nordel, Lyf, Dustin, Rich G., Stan, Rich M. Oh, I have a feeling I am forgetting someone. Who?
After this, we went back to our house for cake and ice cream. I had an awesome, fancy cake made for the occasion. One layer was marble cake and the other was yellow, with a lemon creme filling. Zach picked out the flavors when I ordered it.
My house was a zoo! Crowded, chaotic, and crazy. (How do you like that alliteration?) But it was so nice to have so many of our friends and family over to celebrate.
Life truly is about the people you love, who share their lives with you.
I know that I am so blessed and grateful for the people in my life.
Thanks to all of you. I am blowing you kisses right now.