Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Special Day

Saturday was such a special day for our family. Curtis was baptized and confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Lucy then received her name and blessing. Sam did a great job with all the ordinances...he had a busy day! If Curtis had had his way, Sam would have given the talks and prayers at the baptismal service as well. I'm so grateful for a husband who is a righteous priesthood holder and can perform these special ordinances for our children.
Curtis was very excited about the baptism. We got to the church early and he had to check the water to make sure it was warm. Then he changed into his white clothes. When he came out of the dressing room, my parents and siblings had arrived and he got very shy all of a sudden but then warmed up and made his appearance. When he came out of the water he let out a big gasp. I guess the water was not quite as warm as he had expected! Later that day we were at the store and he and Noah were running around. I called them back to me and Curtis said "I was just about to come back because the Holy Ghost told me to!" How sweet is that?
He was also excited to share this special day with his sister. He loves little Lucy so much and is so cute with her.

Lucy slept through the whole service, staying nice and warm in several different loving arms. She woke up just as Sam started to bless her but still remained content through the blessing. She looked so beautiful in her new blessing dress that my talented mom made. My mom had some leftover material from my wedding dress (that she also made) and used it to make Lucy's sweet little dress. Lucy also wore little booties that were mine when I was a baby. I can't wait for the day that I can give both the dress and the booties to her for her own baby!(OK, maybe I can wait...I don't want that to happen too fast!)I need to take a better picture of her in her dress so you can see how beautiful it is!
We had so many friends and family attend the baptism/blessing and we felt such an overwhelming amount of love and support. We both had our parents present and all of our siblings except for my brother David and his wife Marina and little Katya who live in San Diego (we missed you guys but looking forward to seeing you next month!!).
Several people commented to me that they haven't ever seen that much support at a baptism in our stake. What a blessing it is to have such wonderful family and friends! I couldn't be more grateful!

Our special day was also the funeral of our beloved prophet, President Gordon B. Hinckley. What a great, inspiring man he was. I had three or four opportunities to be in his presence and every time was moved by the Spirit he carried. I'm so grateful to have been a part of the Church during his time as the prophet and to learn from him. As we were watching his funeral, Sam mentioned that the world was a little darker because he was no longer on it but I said it was just the opposite. The world is brighter because of the example he left for each of us. President Hinckley will be greatly missed but we are looking forward to seeing the growth and changes that started with his influence.


Em Tollhousen said...

Curtis sure was cute how he dealt with all the attention.

I will miss Pres Hinckley, but I am glad he is reunited with his wife and I am grateful for his leadership and humor we all enjoyed. What a wonderful man!

joey said...

What a sweet family, congrats!

Melissa said...

I love that picture of Curtis holding Lucy...too precious!

John & Krissy Bellisario said...

Oh, Kath, I just want to hug that sweet baby. Oh, how I wish we were there. I miss you guys and the boys and now little Lucy who I have not yet had the chance to meet. I hope all is going well. I need your email.
Miss you guys and love ya.