I know the amount of content and photos regarding our spring break has been LARGE, to say the least! But the real reason we headed to the states for spring break was for Sophie’s baptism. In our church you are baptized at the age of 8, we believe that before this time you don’t truly understand your actions, and aren’t accountable for the mistakes you have made. So at 8 you are baptized and made clean from all past sins and start fresh, with knowledge of what it means to sin. This is a decision that each person needs to make, to decide if they want to be baptized or not, and we are so proud that Sophie made the decision to be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. With Sophie being the first grandchild on both sides and all the grandparents wanting to celebrate with her, we knew that the best way to make that possible would be to have Sophie be baptized in the US… there was no way everyone was going to make it to Angola, nor would that be logical or cost efficient! So, despite the fun trip to Costa Rica and Disney, the real reason for our trip was happening this Saturday, April 18.
Before I start with the many pictures of the day I just wanted to journal a little about Sophie at 8. First of all, I can’t believe I have an 8 year old, it feels like such a big age, and she really is such a big girl now, not a little kid. She has opinions about what she wants to do, read, wear and everything else, regardless of if she should have opinions on the matter or not! At this moment she loves comfy clothes (soccer shorts, comfy knit pants, t shirts and leggings0 and doesn’t care if it is the cutest/prettiest thing around. She is such a smart girl, but takes a lot of motivation to get her to do her homework, or practice. She loves being with friends and hates being left out of things. She is a good big sister, but has her moments, but really plays so well with her little sisters, I love when they all play together nicely! Sophie has been in the highest math and reading group at school and currently (though not at the time of the baptism) is reading the Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe. I love that she is finding her love of reading on her own terms, though I have a hard time letting her find her own way, why doesn’t she just listen to me in the first place? She is not a humble person, but she is compassionate and caring and thinks so seriously about things- she likes to know how everything works together and why things are the way they are and I love that she asks those questions, I just don’t always know how to answer them! She is brave so many times, though her shyness still comes out occasionally. She had her baptismal interview with the branch president (President Jamba) here in Angola, and she walked right in there and answered all his questions. She did all the adventurous things in Costa Rica and is not scared of doing school programs any more.
We really do love this girl, and we are so grateful for her in our lives, she is a great part of our family. OK, time for the actual baptism.
We showed up Saturday morning to set up, fill the font and get things ready. Jeff and his mom picked up the catering for lunch (El Molino, yummmm) and it wasn’t as stressful as I was expecting. Holly did all the flower centerpieces, and Rachel had helped me put the frames together the night before. Megan created the programs and I had several helpers with the cookies over the days beforehand.
It was so nice how many people came to support Sophie and this life event. We had so much family there, so many friends, Mrs. Perona (Sophie’s old preschool teacher), and even friends from Angola. We are so blessed to have these amazing people in our lives. For the records, my mom gave the talk on baptism and Kelly gave the talk on the Holy Ghost. They both used cute visual aids and it was sweet and touching. Also, Andy performed the musical number and Megan and Justin led/played the music. Sophie wrote cute welcome signs on all the chalkboards where we had lunch, it was too cute! Also, the food was delicious and I would have eaten more had there not been so many people to chat with!
That night was spent relaxing and hanging out watching basketball games. Andy gave me my birthday present of a selfie stick and I spent a good amount of time convincing people to take pictures with me! It was a great day all around, and full of so much love and warm feelings. I felt so blessed.