For those of you who have followed Mr R’s birth story and the mess of humanity that was, it will come as no surprise that I am very fond of this kid; I destroyed and recreated part of myself in entering into motherhood with him. I might be his mom but I also believe he is my counterpart and equal.
So reaching a milestone in our family – 8 years old – was a big moment for us. Being LDS, we look forward to baptism, to become closer friends with Jesus and to get the gift of the holy ghost. With baptism we have a chance to show our obedience to the Father’s commandments just as Jesus Christ was baptized to follow a commandment. And the gift of the holy ghost offers two things I was very excited for R to learn to have and use: protection and a defined “gut” feeling about things.
While there were no splashy or crafty family meetings about the topic, no Pinterest boards on the topic or fancy invitations, there were many quiet conversations in the car, cleaning the house side by side, laying in bed beside him at night chatting about the day and life in general. He would ask questions about what faith is and who I thought God was and in turn share his ideas, thoughts and concerns with me. He, one night kneeling beside me in prayer, offered his testimony. I was humbled to hear him, to get to be in on this experience as I listened to my littles heart unfold. He offered love of God and love of family.
Short and sweet and full of goodness.
At this baptism, we wanted him to be surrounded by lots of love and light. So we called in the troops – friends, family and neighbors all came to embrace this boy and show him love. Such a happy moment for our family to see so many come to celebrate and share in our day with us.
Even one of our dear neighbors and friends, J, came to support R. I love these two kids and their friendship!
We had a simple program where cousins Stephanie Farmer gave the talk on baptism and Ben Merrill gave the talk on the gift of the Holy Ghost. Both did such a great job, Steph had Miss S help hold the pictures and Ben likened the HG to a gift of a soccer ball.
I gave a short introduction of R.
Favorite scripture story: Daniel in the lion’s den. He likes that story because Daniel had the faith to prayer to God so that he wouldn’t be eaten and God answered his prayers.
Favorite thing we love about R: Curiosity about life. He is always wanting to know the answers to his questions and asking about the whys and hows. He especially loves animals and learning about them. Also, he is a peacemaker in our family, happy to help, to make us laugh, to play with his sister or to give up something to help another. Also, R loves people and to be surrounded by friends. When he was little, he used to run away from playmates at the park because he was shy and concerned, but now he loves to play and gathers friends around him.
Favorite song: Jesus Came to John the Baptist from the LDS Primary Songbook
As a family, we then stood and sang acapella Riley’s favorite song – Jesus Came to John the Baptist. Miss S and I sang the first verse (I love that instead of immersion Miss S always sang the word emergent), R joined in on the second verse and then Jed sang with all of us on the third verse. Apparently at the beginning of the third verse Jed and I both started in on the wrong words. R quickly stopped us, “No! That’s not right” and then all finished together and yes, we figured out the correct verse! It was sweet to sing with my littles and my love beside me and I cherished that R wanted to express himself and his feelings in this way.