Friday, November 30, 2012

Child of God

Little Miss Annie was baptized on 11/25! We were happy to celebrate her and have her welcomed officially into the church family. It was a small group of congregation members at the Sunday service we attended. We usually attend Wednesday night, but there were just too many conflicts with the the holidays and our busy schedules.

I am still waiting to snap a few more photos of her in her baptismal gown, didn't happen on the day of. It's a special dress since it was my baptism dress and Grace also wore it. Annie was also able to wear the same baptism ring around her neck that Grace wore. Little blessings.

Warning: photo overload! :)

Detail of her dress

Pastor Sarah taking Annie around to greet congregation members

I adore this picture of Annie and Grace's Great Grandparents looking lovingly on Annie! :)
Cody's grandparents live nearby in Onida, it's a blessing that both of the girls will grow up knowing these two so well. They are great role models, great grandparents (and excellent great grandparents! :)), and very loving and generous people. They probably think it's pretty special to have these two little ones so close too!

Out to lunch to celebrate!
Annie, Cody, Todd O., Dad, Susie O., Grace, Marcella, Cecil, Mom

ToddO and Susie, our neighbors, joined us at church and for lunch. My parents and the O's love to visit, and Susie can't get enough of the girls. We're very lucky to be able to call them neighbors and friends. They are more like family - they'll do anything for us whenever we need it. I hope that someday someone can look to us like we look to them.

Happy Baptism Annie - you're oh, so loved!

It's a busy time of year, for everyone, including ourselves. We wanted to get Annie baptized, and wish that all of our family could have celebrated with us. However, I wasn't able to host a large event this time, and everyone was running around finishing up Thanksgiving festivities. We're grateful that we're so loved. We're grateful for those who could be there, and we're grateful for those of thought of us on Annie's day.

We asked dear friends of ours, Jen and Jake, if they would be Annie's sponsors. Thankfully, they said yes. We never expected them to attend as they live very far away in Wisconsin and have two little children and were dealing with a difficult Thanksgiving following the loss of Jen's grandfather. We so wish we lived closer to them allowing it to be easier for them to be here with us. But that isn't the case. However, we know they were praying for Annie on her special day, and that's what matters.

Annie and Grace are lucky to be loved by so many.
More pictures to follow of Annie dolled up in her baptism dress.

(PS - Thanks Aunt Ashley for the cute skirt for Grace. The rest of you just wait, she bought a matching one for Annie. Photo op has to happen still!)

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