Monday, July 23, 2012

Great to be Eight



Sometime over the last 8 years, when Jack I weren’t looking, this little munchkin


Became accountable for her actions.


So we loaded up our covered wagon, then boarded a Southwest flight for Utah, where she could be baptized with her beloved cousin Julia.


They are two peas in a pod, that Jolie & Julia, and have been planning a joint baptism since they were babies. Here they are in 2004, discussing the details.


It was a beautiful, simple day, filled with family, love, the Spirit, and good food, which I happen to consider the four elements of a happy life.

Comic relief was provided by Cal, who could not have been more excited if we were at the Super Bowl, and interrupted the silence with a rally for his boy cousins to check out the sins being washed away. There were also a few tears, as the Bishop bore a heartfelt testimony that family members from beyond the veil were in attendance.

My favorite moment of the day was this one, which I captured on my phone just after she came out of the water



For that brief moment, she was my newborn again. Fresh, clean, perfect. Taking her very first steps into the next phase of life. It broke my heart a little to know that these steps would be bigger than the last, and that they would carry her further away from her dependence on Mom and Dad.

We love you Jojo, and are so proud of your decision to follow the example of Jesus Christ and be baptized.  The last 8 years have brought us so many moments of joy. But today, I dare say, topped them all.


13 comments:

Susan said...

That was such a perfect day. I keep reliving it!

Lorie said...

Congratulations Jojo!!!! I am so excited for you and your cute family!!!

Jeannie said...

So beautiful. Congratulations, Jolie!

krissiecook said...

Well, if she's going to be accountable for her actions, hanging around outside the temple is probably a good start. Just sayin.

Chrissy said...

Katie, what a beautiful post. I am totally teary! Those pictures capture it all. xoxo Jolie!

Kristin said...

It's probably because i have a newborn of my own now, but I'm teary eyed over here. Especially since we just watched Jolie's newborn video while you guys were here, and now bam! She's 8 and baptized. Time goes by so fast. Love the pictures. You all are the perfect family! Love you guys!

Cathy Leavitt said...

Congratulations Jolie. This post made me cry, but part of that is a grandma thing. We have a little grandson getting baptized in September also, but he's not nearly as cute as Jolie :). There's just something about little girls in white dresses...

Daneille Erb said...

Beautiful girl, beautiful family, beautiful pictures, beautiful day! Congratulations to Jolie and Julia! p.s. I love Leah's dress, too.

Flem said...

I am just getting around to reading this, but oh how I love it. Beautiful pictures and what a beautiful day!

Lexy and Jared said...

So beautiful! Such a well-written account of the importance and beauty of baptism. Katie, we really need to take our love affair to the next level and meet.

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Marilyn said...

I love simple baptisms, like yours, where you can feel the spirit. I wish I could have been there for those cute little girls!

Marci Coombs said...

Is it bad that even though we're related...I secretly want grant to marry her?!?

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