Eight is such a delightful age. We can see why it is called in our church, “The Age of Accountability”. It’s an age when kids really know what is right and wrong and the perfect age to make some commitments to our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ.
Our darling McKay was baptized on Saturday, January 4th and was he ever ready to plunge into his new life! His maturity delights us. Last week when we was observing something his adorable two year old brother Bennett he said, “Man, the older you get, the cuter little kids get!” Right on McKay!
Speaking of plunge, the whole family just took a huge plunge! Noah and Kristi along with their four kids 8, 6, 31/2 and 2 with number 5 on the way, moved from their San Diego home of 2 1/2 years to a new house at Ladera Ranch on December 21st. Thank goodness Charity showed up in the nick of time to help the move. The following is lifted from Charity’s blog to give you an idea of their whirlwind move:
i have to say i think we did a pretty good job setting up christmas in a brand new house in three days flat. we got out the decorations on sunday, bought the tree and trimmed it all pretty and sparkly on monday, and did all our shopping on tuesday (christmas eve) – organizing things and putting together furniture and wrangling small children in between. we also went to see the movie frozen, celebrated kristi’s brithday with homemade cards and banners and cake, got to know some new neighbors, and i babysat while noah and kristi went on an overnight date (we read christmas books under the tree and watched home alone).
How Kristi survived these two and a half weeks is beyond imagination when you add the fact that they added a baptism to the mix of the move. They had lived in the neighborhood before but everything and almost everybody was new. Kristi’s parents came from Dubai, her sister and brother-in-law and their five kids, Rick and I and their dear friend Sheri came from Utah for the festivities which means a lot of food and places to sleep. Krisiti’s sister Stacy’s family and kids stayed at a hotel after the first night. I’ll spare you the details but we all enjoyed pitching in to help where we could and everything went off (almost) without a hitch.
Here’s McKay with his cute baptism book that Sheri brought where he recorded all the events of the day:
Cute cousins singing at the service:
….kids waiting for the big event:
Family members present at the baptism. Wish I had taken the picture instead of Grandfather:
The fun family plus darling Sheri:
McKay had asked that I give the talk on baptism which I was excited about, especially because my sister-in-law called just before we left saying that she was going through all Grandma Ruthie’s things (as she had passed away a few months ago) and found the baptism visual aid that Grandma had made many years ago and used as a primary president, a missionary and I’m sure at several of her children’s baptisms. I was so thrilled to be able to get it just before we left. That along with the cute baptism outfit that she made for her old son (Richard) just over 60 years ago which McKay wore, made us sure that she must be peeking in from heaven!
McKay came up and helped me open the doors of the Gate to Baptism:
To put the frosting on the cake (no pun intended), neighbors brought CTR (Choose The Right) cookies for our dessert, which was great since we had already eaten the ones Sheri brought!
It was a weekend to treasure forever!