Saturday, June 8, 2013

A Very Special Day

 When I found out I was pregnant with my first little girl I cried for joy.  8 years later and I still swell up with love and pride for this beautiful little girl and that I was blessed with her sweet spirit in my life.  From her inquisitive nature, to her desire to do her best, to her hilarious ability to let loose and make everyone around her laugh, she is definitely a choice daughter of God.
 Posing with Daddy right before the big dunk!
 Isn't that a cute jumpsuit she is wearing?  My good friend Lisa from Mobile came into town and brought it with her so Miriam could borrow it.  It was so pretty I really should consider buying one since I have 3 other girls that are going to be baptized!
 Miriam is the only girl in her Primary class, and her teacher only has boys, so she went all out and volunteered to do the decorating.  She works at a flower shop and does arranging herself so I just handed over the reigns on that one and she did a fabulous job!  I know I couldn't have gotten anywhere near how great she had it looking!
 She came up with all the table decorations.  They are super cute!  My contribution was the pictures on a wooden skewer, which is a step up to my previous idea...just putting pictures on the table.  Needless to say this is the far superior presentation!
 It was on a Saturday, so I was a little worried about a lot of people not being able to make it, but I think we had a fairly good turnout.
 The cultural hall.
 The one thing Miriam has been asking for since her last birthday is Root Beer floats at her next birthday.  So I got the idea to do a Root Beer float bar!  I had all kinds of different flavored Root Beers and people could try something new, stick with their favorite or combine flavors.  The choices were endless!  I thought I was doing so well when I was getting ready the night before. Me and my friend Lisa, (here in the picture) made up a check list to go by in the morning so we wouldn't forget anything.  I kept feeling like I was forgetting something, but when we got to the church I was getting ready to set out the ice cream and realized I forgot the ice cream!  You can't have floats without the ice cream, and I had 2 containers of 2 boxes of ice cream from Costco sitting in my freezer at home. *FAIL!*  Thankfully the missionaries volunteered to go get some ice cream real quick.  They were there and back before opening prayer and disaster was diverted!!
 Here is Miriam with her Primary teaching Sis. Jackson.  She's flower genius and an awesome teacher, Miriam loves being in her class.  Although I told her that she's going to have to do my other girls' baptism now that she has set the bar so high!
And I am so grateful to my friend Lisa who was able to come into town and help with all the preparations and helping me to keep my ducks in a row.  I know I forgot the ice cream, but without her help I would have forgotten so much more!  And as an added bonus she helped me make Pani Popo for the baptism which is heavenly coconut sweet bread, sooooo goooood!

It really was a beautiful service and it wasn't because of me.  I'm so blessed to have so many wonderful people in my life to help me out.  Moving around a lot I worry if I'll fit in or if my kids will feel loved, but the family we create within the church never ceases to amaze me everywhere we go.