This day will forever be one of my favorites ever lived. It was lovely, peaceful, joyous, and the spirit was felt through it all.
We woke up super excited for the big day. I loved seeing the continuous smile on her face, and she kept saying, “Can you believe I’m going to be baptized?” “I can’t believe it’s finally here!”.
She sang When I Am Baptized, and did such a wonderful job. In that moment I realized I was going to cry a lot through the next hour.
One thing I won’t ever forget is when Abigail came walking over to me after she was baptized and she began to cry as she said how happy she was and how good and clean she felt. I’m continually amazed with this girl and how strongly and sensitively she feels. It’s one of the things I love about her.
I was really taken aback by all of the support from the Ward members. We hadn’t been in the Ward very long, and honestly I expected it to pretty much just be our family members and a few others. But this was not the case, and many showed up for her special occasion, and I will never forget all the love that was given.
There was a strong feeling of the spirit throughout the whole event, and for me, it was a much-needed spiritual boost. Life had been pretty non-stop and chaotic and I really needed things to just slow down to feel peace. Abigail’s baptism did just that. It was rejuvenating, and created that wonderful spiritual high I so desired.
I’m proud of her desire to be like Jesus and her choice to be baptized. I’m simply proud of the human-being that she is; empathetic, deeply caring, a friend to everyone, unquestionable forgiving, and as sweet as they come. I love that she loves Jesus and includes Him in her portraits of our family.
This was Abigail’s invitation/announcement. She had asked me if she could make it and I didn’t even hesitate to accept that because it meant a) one less thing for me to think about. b) saves money. c) it was her baptism, not mine.
And it turned out wicked cute.
This was the program.
I loved having everyone in the family involved in some kind of way, including Mailie giving her sweet closing prayer. It felt like a very personal family experience, and just extra special, to me. Abigail had asked to sing, and I loved having her start things off with her sweet song.
We did a rainbow theme because Abigail loves rainbows, and they are mentioned in the song she sang. She had asked to have bread and butter afterward, and some fruit. Simple and easy! Also, perfect for “rainbow”. We just got all sorts of colored fruits and veggies, the requested bread with extra fancy Irish Butter…you know, in honor of her roots 😉 And then I made some cupcakes with a rainbow swirl.
The handouts were little bags of Skittles with When I Am Baptized printed out. And we had cards for people to fill out a favorite scripture/testimony/memory of Abigail.
One of the things we did to help prepare Abigail was to have the Sister Missionaries visit often and give her the lessons. We love having the missionaries over, not only to teach our daughters, but to have such strong and good examples of mighty women involved in their lives. We love them.
I love Abigail’s lacey blush colored baptism dress. I want one.
This is how they would take a baptism photo in Peru; squatting down in front of the font.
I tried my best to get some cute photos of Abigail at the Hartford Temple. I love the one of her and Mailie laughing. It warms my heart.
Abigail spotted this journal two years ago at Barnes & Nobel and loved it. I purchased it without her knowing, planning to give it to her when it would be used as an actual journal, and not to sketch in. Her baptism seemed like the perfect time. She recognized it immediately and was thrilled.
She was also pretty excited to have her very own BofM with her name on the front, along with a case.
And there we have it. My babe has been baptized. Next stop, the Temple.