Bethany’s baptism was held on August 31st.  It was a hot, gorgeous day!  We left for the stake center at 3pm to get Beth dressed.  I originally didn’t want her to wear the jumpsuit because they are just not very cute.  But I wasn’t smart enough to engineer a dress that wouldn’t float to the top of the water (although I did try).  So jumpsuit it was.  Her best friend from school was also getting baptized, so that was really special.  Here they both are before changing.

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Daddy and Beth.

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Family photo before the program.

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The program was delightful.  The first thing I noticed about all the children getting baptized (I think there were 8 all together) was that they were ALL girls.  A whole bunch of sweet little girls dressed in white all ready for the waters of baptism.  My bestie Jessica spoke, and her talk was touching and I loved that she was the one that was chosen to speak to the girls.  The musical number was performed by my friends April and Addie.  They played a gorgeous piano duet of “My Heavenly Father Loves Me”–it was amazing!  I was tearing up all over the place.  Then it was time to get in the water.  Bethany did wonderfully and only had to get dunked once.  🙂  I hardly heard a word of her confirmation though, due to Luke being noisy and me trying to keep him quiet.  So that was a bummer, but I got to listed to Megan’s confirmation and my eyes were misty the entire time.  I am so glad to be a part of this church!  And I am happy that Bethany has a testimony of her own and wanted to get her first saving ordinance.  I love her to pieces.

After the baptism, everyone came over to our house for dinner.  First we watched Bethany’s slideshow, and then we went outside and had spaghetti and treats.  I went with an all white dessert buffet.

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I am happy when there is an occasion where I get to use all of my party dishes.

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The donuts were everyone’s favorite, as you can see in the background.  🙂

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Thank you to everyone who came.  It was a really special day, thank you for sharing that with us.  <3

And here is her slideshow.  It is 20 minutes long.  Her whole 8 years from birth to now.  Please take the time to watch it, it really helps to show the sweet girl she has grown up to be.  And we did a little photo shoot at the temple for the end pictures.  I spent a lot of time on it, so watch it! (In full screen, with the volume up):)

(If it looks stretched or skewed, it could be because you are using Internet Explorer.  Switch to Chrome since you shouldn’t be using Internet Explorer anyway. ha)