Last Sunday while we were in Michigan we had the kids baptized. We had been planning to do it for a while for Vivian but we never got a chance to go to the baptism preparation class until the very end of my pregnancy with Conner so we decided to just wait until Conner was born so we could have both kids baptized at once and have family make one trip.
We had the baptism at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish which is the church for which Suzi is the principle of the school. We chose to have the kids baptized there because after we lost Zachary we got a lot of support from Suzi’s coworkers and church. Then when I was pregnant with Vivian we continued to have support from afar and they even had a Celebrate Life day which included a full size banner that had a picture of Vivian’s ultrasound photo.
We don’t have a church that we are strongly connected to yet here (although I have been taking the kids to church with me and I even got a congratulations card for Conner’s birth) so I definitely wanted to make sure it was somewhere meaningful. It also made a lot more sense to have the baptism somewhere that family could come celebrate for the day and a three hour drive for a few people is much easier than a flight and overnight stays - as much as we would have loved to have family in town.
So on July 13th at 1pm my parents, grandparents and brother drove from the east side of the state and Leigh drove from Chicago to Grand Rapids to meet up with us, Ty’s parents, Miss Shirley, Nick and Sarah, Katie and her kiddos for our small baptism ceremony.
The ceremony took about an hour including time for photos afterwards. Vivian hated having the water dumped on her head but I think part of the problem was that she wasn’t feeling well. This was the first day of her fever (we now know was Hand Foot Mouth virus) and she only was able to have a 20 minute nap since the baptism was during her normal nap time. So she was in as good of spirits as I could have asked for and once Deacon Denny was done anointing her with oil and water Vivian could not stop telling everyone about the water - “wa wa, wa wa!” while pointing to the baptismal fountain.
Conner slept through the entire ceremony and didn’t even flinch when he was anointed. That’s what taking him in the shower with me will do I suppose!
After the kids were officially baptized we took some photos with the family before heading back to Suzi and Steve’s house for a little celebration. Suzi and Steve were kind enough to host a wonderful backyard BBQ for the family. We all ate and drank and enjoyed each other’s company catching up for a few hours before my side of the family had to retreat to the east side of the state.
It was a wonderful day of family and celebration.