Since Jonah and Aja don’t have much access to the Internet right now, and since most of our family couldn’t be there, I’ll be the first to let you peek at our FUN DAY!
With a birthday banner flying overhead made by hand with 8 1/2 X11 printer paper held together with duct tape by Ana herself (since no one else was there to do that important part of the celebration)we all gathered together in the great room for the formal meeting to begin the baptismal service:
(Aja will have a better picture of this terrific banner without the light behind it!)
Two families came from St. George, including Ana’s best friend Megan, which was such a nice tribute to them! It was such joy also to have our only family members living near (Charity) or within driving distance (Looslis)
The bishop from the Dingle Ward (Justin Skinner) came to preside and Kevan along with Aubrey and Howie brought Grandma Ruthie from Logan just in time for the service.
Charity again gave an inspirational talk about baptism and then we treked reverently to the beach for the actual event!
With many cameras clicking away, I’m so lucky to get Jonah and Ana actually looking at mine!
What an adorable baptismal candidate and what a proud and noble father!
A fun crowd! We were so glad that the Looslis came…such special, friends, neighbors and most especially family
Jared went out at 7 a.m. and cleared out the “font” that Jonah had made for Grace and Isaac’s baptisms (with the jet skiis…you had to be there to know what we mean)
Once again…the hiked up suit pants and a glorious moment in Aniston’s life history!
Ana was crying and little after the baptism and she turned to her mother and said with a smile, “Don’t worry mom, it’s tears of joy!”
One of the best things about a baptism is that everybody is smiling!
Afterward, we had a wonderful talk about the Holy Ghost from “Lovie” Tess Wade (Aja’s mom). She used a beautiful quilt to represent the comforter and all were inspired to see those two up there together!
After a wonderful blessing was pronounced by Jonah with good friends and a great brother-in-law Jared as well of a treasured Grandfather standing in, a wonderful breakfast was served and we enjoyed a spectacular morning we’ll never forget!
By dinner time we were ready for the birthday party! Jonah cooked his famous “Jonah Burgers”. A grand meal and gift-opening ensued. Ana repeated any article of faith on demand before opening the gift. She knows them all perfectly!
Of course the theme was horses and she was purely delighted by every gift and her fun cakeS!
The twins were DELIGHTED to be presented with the pot of leftover mac and cheese for a course between cupcakes and chocolate cake.
A truly great time was had by all! Congrats to Jonah and Aja as they baptize their firstborn and to Tess for flying all the way from California to be there and to the friends, relatives and neighbors for their long journey to enjoy this special day with us!
Especially ANA…who can still do a great “rat girl” impersonation.