On Saturday Lucy got baptized by her older brother Max.
And it was one of my favorite days.
I have a lot of those, I know, but I'm telling you, my heart was so full it was overflowing.
I kind of didn't plan on the "overflowing" part. I mean, baptisms are always wonderful of course, but as we led up to the big day I realized how different it is to do a baptism in China. Not only are there no LDS chapels or baptismal fonts, but all the little details are different. I haven't figured out how to get pictures printed, ingredients for the refreshments I wanted to make are hard to find, all the street flower stands were closed because it was raining, blah, blah, blah.
I clicked over to my post about Claire's baptism a few years back (over HERE) and kind of wished I could figure out how to replicate some of the things we did that grand day.
But then I had a stark realization/reminder: baptism is not about the frills. It is about a sacred ordinance that daughter of mine was making with her Heavenly Father. All that mattered was that she could feel our love and His intertwined with what she was doing. Of course I know that. In the long-run who really cares about all the little details. But somehow in trying to make it special I was forgetting how special it already was.
Elle and the girls took her out for a few photos:
Because sometimes we just can't stand how much we love this girl of ours.
Then it was off to the house where Lucy would get baptized.
There's this family in the other branch (congregation) of Shanghai who happens to have this spa tub in their basement that they graciously let us use:
We got hooked up with Grammie and Grandfather and Nana and Papa who joined in via skype.
Loved that part.
Max arrived from taking the SAT in the nick of time.
Elle, Grace and Claire gave short talks (great job girls!), then it was time for the baptism.
When Max started saying the blessing so clearly and beautifully the whole room just filled up to the brim with the spirit. Apparently the water was pretty cold, as attested by Lucy's gasp when she came up for air, accompanied by a huge smile.
After the baptism Dave gave Lucy such a beautiful confirmation with the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Our Branch President gave some beautiful comments. Lucy led the closing song "I Am a Child of God."
And then it was over. That last little girl of ours had become an official member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.
So grateful for such a kind group of friends there to support Lucy.
(Minus a few I missed before they left since I was talking to the Skyping grandparents.)
Her Primary teachers:
My friend Kellianne and her son Sawyer:
Our wonderful neighbors from Hungary:
(So sad that the Chinese government won't allow us to invite any of our Chinese friends to church occasions like these...we would have so loved to have them join us.)
Loved having Noah and my cousin Ben there (they are here for work meetings). And I love Noah's animated listening face.
Having these guys here made it extra special for Lu:
Love you Lu Lu!