Sunday, June 14, 2009


We didn't get many pictures, but I think someone else has more, so I'll update if I get them.

I wanted to get Sophie baptized on June 7th because the 6th is my birthday and what a great gift that would be. I believe that a baptism is mainly about having our church family make that commitment to help us raise her up in Christian love. Everyone is a "child of God" regardless of whether they have been baptized or not. I don't hold to the belief that you must be baptized to go to heaven, but I do believe that as church members (and therefore family) we have a responsibility to love others and help them grow in Christ. I want my child to know that love from our church family as well.

We invited the whole family to come for Sophie's baptism. We had Mom, Dad, George, Noi, Bill, Cheri, Kaitlyn, Ethan, Kelly, Matthew, Kalyn, Monica, Ozzy, Maya, Liz, and Levi, plus Mom's friend Anita. That morning Pastor Mike called and asked who all was coming. I told him everyone. Turns out he was throwing up and was afraid if he did the baptism he'd get Sophie sick. His said he'd still do it but that he didn't want to hold her, but left it up to me. I said that was fine. I really appreciate him staying at church just for us. He didn't look well, but he managed to get through it and then left. (I talked to him later in the day and he was feeling much better after taking some good meds.)

Mom saw this gown at a shop in Tyler, but didn't get it at the time. Her friend Anita went back and got it for us. Mom added ribbon roses to it and also made the bonnet a little smaller to fit Sophie. I am going to have her name and the date embroidered on the dress, and hopefully Sophie will be able to do the same for her child.

We took the family out for lunch afterwards, so we changed her clothes. Please note the red socks she wore in honor of Pastor Mike (I'll post about that later).

It is also the church's 35th birthday. Our special birthday gift was 35 pennies, 35 nickels, and 35 dimes in Celebration of Sophie, in Memory of Baby Owen, and in Honor of all children Made In China.

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