This past weekend, our oldest daughter, Ava was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The baptism was held at 3:00 pm at the Seattle Stake Building in Burien, Washington. Ava was really excited to get baptized and has been trying really hard to make good choices and do the right thing in the weeks leading up to this event. She was just glowing the whole day. That morning Grandpa Stan, Jamison, Larissa, and Baby Boston flew in from Utah. They were in town to get ready for the auction next month so it worked out well to have the baptism that day. From our local crew, Allison, Eric, Kera and Cam as well as Tucker, Misha, Harli, and Bentley were all able to attend. Matt had Army and Brenda had to take Grace and Rae to their skiing lessons. Several other friends and good neighbors attended. Ava was really brave because the water was not warm at all. Her only request was that she didn't have to get dunked in cold water. Not sure what happened with the warm water, (Evidently someone is supposed to arrive 2 hours early and turn on only the hot water until it has drained the hot water heater, then wait around for it to warm up and then turn it on again) but she survived. After the shivering and the shaking from hypothermia subsided, she was able to smile again and said that she felt really good. We are really proud of Ava for making such an important choice in her life. We were also grateful for all of the friends and family that were able to attend. Those not in attendance were missed but you can check out the pictures below and give Ava a big hug the next time you see her.
Now, Mom and Dad also had their own baptism to attend. A lady named Valerie and her two youngest sons were baptized the same day Ava was baptized! Check out the picture below. I'm sure we'll hear more about this in the near future when Mom and Dad get internet...(hint, hint)
|Justin, Ava and Kelly prior to Ava's baptism on February 9th 2013|
|Ava and Justin just before the service started|
|Valerie and her two youngest sons were baptized on Saturday February 9th 2013.|