Yesterday will definitely go down as one of the most special day's of my life, and hopefully Mary's too.
Mary was baptized yesterday.
It was a wonderful event! Only my parents were able to make it, so the whole thing was very small and simple. At first I was really sad that we didn't have more support there for Mary, but it ended up being exactly what made it so special.
The spirit there was so incredibly powerful, and the spirit that was emanating off of Mary was so sweet, pure, and precious. She just had this glow around her, and it filled the whole room. Where physical bodies lacked, the spirit made up for. In our hearts, the room was full.
My parents gave the talks, and they were perfect for Mary. It was so neat to watch my parents talking to Mary, and teaching her the Gospel. It meant so much to me, and I know that Mary will have the picture in her mind for the rest of her life. I could feel that it made a big impact on her.
Mary was the only one from our ward being baptised, and she was the first, so we had the room to ourselves. Her best friend from school came, as well as the primary presidency and a member of the bishopric.
Mary looked beautiful. She was glowing inside and out. She seemed a little nervous at first, but I know that she realized the importance of the event, and she was excited as well. This has been a long awaited day for her.
After everything was done, no one wanted to leave. We all just lingered. It was such a special event, and the feeling was incredible.
As a parent, I knew I would feel joy, but I did not expect the amount of joy I felt. It was amazing to see my daughter make such an important decision and make such a special covenant with the Lord. For me, this is all that matters. There are a lot of things I work toward with my children, but this, by far is the most important. All I want is for my family to stay strong in the Gospel, my children to keep the faith, and for our family to be together forever, even after death. To see my daughter take her first step toward this, made my heart feel like it could burst with happiness.
After the baptism and confirmation, we took my parents over to see our house. The framing and walls are all done. It was really fun to be able to share this with my parents. This is our dream home, and something that we have put a lot of time and effort in. It is something that we are so excited about, and it was really good to be able to show it to my parents, talk to them about our dreams with this house, show them some ideas we have, and to have them show their excitement and joy for us. I always feel like home isn't quite home until family and friends have been in it. Now our home is one step closer official!
After the house, we went out to eat. Ben and I discovered a really yummy cafe here. After lunch, we went to Dairy Keen (for Mary's special baptism day treat), and had ice cream and milk shakes. Dairy Keen is kind of famous here in in Heber. It is a really cute hamburger, milkshake place that has trains running all through it, lego tables, train tables, and it is really kid friendly.
After lunch, we said our goodbyes to grandma and grandpa and came home. Mary opened a few gifts, like scriptures, a ctr necklace, and some other stuff, and we just hung out the rest of the day.
It was a beautiful, clear, sunny day, and the kids were even able to play outside for a while! Talk about a gift from heaven.
The day was wonderful, Mary was glowing, and it was so incredibly special. Congratulations Mary girl.