Lilian's baptism date was only 3 days after her birthday. I couldn't have planned it better myself. How wonderful to have her baptism be a big part of her actual birthday celebrations. The baptism was in the afternoon so it was nice to have the morning be leisurely in getting Lilian all ready including Julianne's "dunk-worthy" hairstyle.
(Lilian and Camden shared their special baptism day.)
It's been a long time since we last had a baptism in our little family. And yet now that our caboose was finally getting baptized, it was in some ways a little sad along with the happy. It was most definitely an important day in her little life, and for me, a very real "she's not a baby anymore" moment. I'm glad that because she is a girl, I was the one to meet her back in the dressing room after her actual baptism to help her get dried off and dressed again. When Rebekah got baptized, I had been so mentally overwhelmed with getting everything ready for the big day...and then the actual moment happened so fast. It wasn't until she was standing in the dressing room afterwards, shivering and dripping water all over the floor with an enormous smile on her face that the emotion of it all truly hit me. I pulled her in for a big hug, wet clothes notwithstanding, and told her how much I loved her and how proud I was of her. It was a moment that stuck with me, so when Julianne got baptized, I made sure to do the same. I wasn't the first one to see Brandon, dripping wet and smiling in the dressing room. His father was there with him that time. And that was good and fine. But I missed that first wet hug. So to have that experience one last time with Lilian was priceless. Grinning and dripping and shivering....and so beautiful.
After the baptism everyone came over to our house for a BBQ. The Croft side of the family took the opportunity to get a big family picture seeing as only our two missionaries Rebekah and Jordan were missing.
And a couple of pictures with my parents as well...