Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Pondering Savannah's Baptism

Savannah was super excited to help put invitations is envelopes!
 A few weeks before Savannah's baptism we got the okay! We were so excited for her and you could just see how excited Savannah was whenever we talked to her about it! We had been talking things through to her about it for weeks now, and we were hoping she was understanding a little bit more.
 We were a bit nervous when after one family home evening, when we were talking about Christ being baptized she said, "not my eyes!" she was so worried that her eyes would go under the water when she got baptized. She and Xander had done swimming lessons with some really awesome youth in our ward the last summer and they had gotten really used to the water where they weren't scared, but now she was. Court and I tried to calm her down and talk her through why every part of the person needs to go under water, and we just had our figures crossed that when the time came she would be okay with it.
 We have pondered, Is Savannah really ready? Does she really understand it? Does she even know what covenants she will be making?

The answer to all of those is probably/ most likely not but we don't know to all that she understands. Hopefully one day we will know more.

In our church, when you are eight you are old enough to make your own decision to be baptized. When you are eight you are accountable and know right and wrong and have a good concept of who God is.

I want my children to have their own testimonies/ to have faith and to know what they believe in. I want them to know what promises they are making to Heavenly Father when they are being baptized and why we take the sacrament and renew our convents each week and what it all means.

 Ever since she saw her last couple cousins being baptized a year ago she has wanted to be baptized too. She just couldn't wait to be eight so she could be baptized. She just had such a desire and in all that I read I just felt in my heart that it couldn't hurt her and even though she doesn't understand it, Jesus was baptized and he was perfect. We prayed and pondered and it just felt so right.

This is when us girls went and picked out Savannah's Baptism dress! She was so happy!!

This was one of our family home evenings we did from the friend that we did. Most of the time Court and I feel like we are just talking to ourselves when we are doing family home evenings because Savannah doesn't answer, Xander is off playing with something or already onto trying to plan how he's going to sneak those chocolate chips he knows are somewhere in the house, but we try to keep them interactive or go do things as a family as much as possible too. Ill write a post about our FHE sometime!

I just know that my sweet little girl who in her world everything everything is beautiful, bright,  & hearts and flowers has been entrusted to our family to teach us. She has taught me to treasure the small moments and tender mercies. She is the reason why Courtney and I turned Heavenly Father and were sealed in the temple as a family with her for time and all eternity. She and her brother have helped our testimonies grow and we have become a stronger family.  She teaches me every day and she is my light at the end of the tunnel. She has such a sweet beautiful spirit. I am so grateful that she is my daughter!

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