Friday, November 28, 2008
Blessing & Baptism
I am finally ready to tell you all about the baptism of our oldest child and the blessing of our youngest (it has only been a month!). Abby was very good about having to postpone her baptism due to the fact that the baby was due around her 8th birthday. So we decided to have a double event since all the family was coming anyway. It turned out beautifully, despite a few glitches. Abby and I made programs (I designed, she folded), a member from each of the families participated, both her grandfathers spoke and the grandmothers said a prayer and played an instrument. Her aunts played the piano, led the music and said the closing prayer, while two of her uncles were the witnesses. All the grandchildren and young uncles sang "I Am A Child of God". Abby and Allen sang a duet "If The Savior Stood Beside Me", it was my favorite part of the whole thing. Allen sat in a chair and Abby stood next to him as they took turns singing. It was so precious to see them in their whites singing together, Abby sang strong and true with her testimony shinny through her eyes, Allen was so gentle as he watched her sing and then sang with her. Everyone cried!
Abigail is now part of that elite group of people who had to be baptized twice! Allen stated his authority in the prayer and had to do it all over again, he felt a bit sheepish, especially since the words were right there in front of him on the glass. The confirmation blessing was beautiful, I have noticed a real difference in Abby since she was baptized & confirmed, She is such a special girl, we love her greatly.
The baby blessing was so sweet and little Esther Truth didn't cry once... hurray.
Afterwords we went to our old 2nd ward building and had lunch.
I made four different kinds of soup and three different breads.
Then we had cream puff, cookie & ice cream for desert.
I love having my family and Allen's family together, it rarely happens but when it does it is the greatest feeling to have the people that you love so much all around you interacting with each other. There are three baptisms and two baby blessings in Allen's family, including Abby and Esther Truth, within five months of each other. The Levie family is definitely growing, there were 22 grandchildren born in 11 years and there are still three siblings who haven't married yet.
We were so grateful for all of our family and friends who sacrificed to travel so far to be with us on that special day. There is nothing better than that.