I was baptized as a young infant, and my sister was also.  I always thought I’d have my kids baptized shortly after their birth as well.

For one reason or another we didn’t have Trevor baptized as an infant.  Time goes by and things go left undone.

When we got pregnant with Riley, we decided we’d wait until after she was born and we could have the two kids baptized together.

Time goes by and things go left undone.

When we got pregnant with Brooke, we decided THIS time we’ll do it for sure…  we’ll have all three of them baptized together.

Time goes by and things go left undone.

There’s no more babies coming (and that’s for sure!)…and well, time goes by.

We still haven’t gotten the kids baptized.  They are now 11, 8 and 5 years old.

My mom called me a few weeks ago to say that St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church was holding a Mass Baptism the Saturday before Easter.  So I called the church and got the information, basically you attend a one-hour class the Sunday prior and anyone who attends is welcome to be baptized at the Mass Baptism service.

But I didn’t really want to take the kids to a strange church- not that St. Matthew’s is strange, but it’s strange to us because we’ve never been there.

My kids know my parents’ church.   My kids know Pastor Stuart.  So upon my mother’s suggestion I call him to see if we can do something through Light of Life instead of a “strange church”.

He comes over for dinner one night to talk to the kids, explain what being baptized means, and the kids get all excited- they want to have it done now, not wait until Easter!  But we figured Easter Sunday would be the best time to do it.  The family would be coming together for the day anyway, and it’s a date the kids would remember for the rest of their lives.

So we set the plan in motion.

Both of my grandmothers made the trip to be there by our side as the kids were baptized.  I think that also helped to make it extra special for the kids.  Papa Bob also came to witness.

It’s not like there’s a photographer for this, my Mom tried to make due by taking pictures from her seat, which didn’t offer the best viewpoint, but it is what it is, right?

The kids each received a glass taper-candle holder from the church and family members gifted them necklaces and cards and youth bibles and even a cross-shaped chocolate!

Here’s the photo parade:

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