My Eleanor got baptized!
Lucky girl — both sets of grandparents were able to come to Seattle for the event. There were also so many friends there; it was wonderful to see how much love there is for this little girl. This was a really spiritual experience for me, and I do not say that lightly. (Or often.)
Unlike in Utah, where the Stake Primary organized everything, we put together everything ourselves (with some help from the ward mission leader). Everyone in the family participated: William lead the music (Katie assisted by doing interpretive dance during the songs), and Jeffrey and I played a duet of “Keep the Commandments” on the piano.
Grandma Shirts gave a talk about baptism, and Grandma Newey gave one about the Holy Ghost.
When Katie saw Eleanor in the water, she got upset and really wanted to get in, too. Grandma Shirts explained that it wasn’t her turn. This placated Katie for a moment, but then lead to her demanding “My turn!” during Eleanor’s confirmation. Just wait about six more years, baby girl . . .
Naturally, this was all followed up by the traditional game of dodgeball in the church gym.
What great kids — what a wonderful evening!