Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Ryan's baptism

I intended to share Ryan's baptism several weeks ago but got preoccupied while binge-watching seasons one through five of Gilmore Girls;
And then, on an unrelated note, I was also busy being excessively emotional and overly sentimental when confronted with the upcoming holiday.
All the cute Christmas cards (which I LOVE getting, fyi) remind me that our card is missing a key player and then all the Christmas lights remind me of the house that we almost bought and it doesn't make any sense except that it does.
Oh, and Micah has given up pooping altogether, which is causing tears and anxiety.
And he is feeling upset, also.
So, as you can see, I have had no time to write.
But then I remembered my commitment — to myself and no one else — that I write even when I am feeling craptastic ... and if I break that commitment, than the whole handshake I gave myself will be for nothing.
So, even though I am feeling unmotivated and just want to turn off the T.V. and go to bed only to turn on my iPad and watch another episode of GG (crossing my fingers Lorelai and Luke reconcile) I am going to make myself journal until my fingers bleed.
That, or I will quickly detail Ryan's special day and then "go to bed."
And when I say "go to bed" I don't, unfortunately, mean anything dirty but am really hinting that I will watch Netflix until my eyes burn.
And now I realize that quotation marks are probably unnecessary if I am going to spell it out with a lengthy explanation.
This is what happens when I forget how to write.
So ... Ryan's baptism was very nice.
In The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we believe that baptism is performed for the remission of sins and to become a full-fledged member of the church.
We also believe that it can only occur after the age of accountability, which is defined as eight years old.
We believe it is a choice one must make when they are old enough to understand the implications of the commitment.
Ryan asked that her Papa (my dad) participate in the ordinance in lieu of Scott.
I am proud of the decision she made but was sad that Scott wasn't there.
In my head I pictured him outside the window looking in.
Which, I suppose, is sort of a depressing thought.
And this is where I stop writing any more words and let the pictures do their thang:
^^ No this picture was not taken at a prison, which one might surmise by looking at the slammer-esque backdrop. Our church also does not believe in unnecessary adornment on the walls. Obviously. ^^
^^ Ryan and Annie wanted to be baptized together (one right after the other) because they are, and I quote, "BFF cousins." ^^


  1. I am obsessed with Gilmore Girls right now. Seth thinks I am crazy and will only let me watch 1 episode a night. I'm only on season 2. Love your blog.

  2. Oh my goodness! I'm in the middle of season 3 right now and watching it every chance I get!
    Ryan looks so pretty! Congrats and love to her! Such a wonderful covenant to make.
    You look amazing, by the way! Miss your face. Been thinking about you lots this season.

  3. Ok, ok. It sounds like I need to (binge) watch Gilmore Girls. I've never watched it. But fine!

    I'm so sorry about the holidays and big events being so hard. Not only do you have to do it all alone, you have to be reminded of why. I am so sorry. I wish I could help. You are strong and amazing.

    Ryan is so big and so pretty! I love that she got to be baptized with her cousin. So special.

  4. Hahaha, I just got season SEVEN from the library (because I am ridiculous and don't have internet other than on my phone, which is probably way too much already) and have stockpiled popcorn and cocoa for winter break bingewatching!!!
    I knew I liked you.
    Also, while learning about other holidays and Ramadan and fasting, Ezra informed me that he thinks he would like to try fasting when he grows up. I sincerely apologize if my instruction has caused your child to go on a hunger strike.
    Oh, and Ryan looks lovely <3