Sunday, August 15, 2010


Today was a big day!! The girls were baptized!! I have had it on the calendar for a long time- thinking they would be home earlier.
I don't have any good pics of me with the girls- I am always behind the camera but today Mark helped me out and took a few pics!!

We scheduled the baptism for after the service. We just weren't quite sure how the girls would do in front of a huge crowd.

They really had no clue what was going on, they seemed a little scared but they did very well! I held Emma's hand and hubby had Ellie.

Deacon Sam did the baptism! He is wonderful- what a dear man!

Welcome to the church dear children! This is where you begin your faith journey! I pray for you to know and love the Lord Jesus!

It has always been my dream since I was a young child to fill a pew- with just my family! Dreams really do come true- thank you Jesus!

This was a small pew... I guess we are going to have work on filling two pews now!!

I wanted to keep taking pics but our older kids vetoed the photo session! We did get quite a few pics so I'm happy because it is rare to get everyone together and looking decent at the same time! I had to seize the moment and I did!! Dad had already warned all of them! He said "just so you know getting a lot of pictures is really important to your Mom!" Thanks honey!!

There is another reason why getting pics meant so much to me. Our oldest son Matt is moving to Colorado in a couple weeks. I am happy for him, he is excited but we will really miss him. I am fighting back tears.

Also, our son Mark is studying abroad in the Caribbean. He is a biology major with an emphasis in marine biology. He will be studying marine life and coral reefs. He will be on an island "doing" school 6 days a week and only getting to shower once a week. He will not be home until Christmas (although he has a short break that we may bring him home for)- I don't know if I can last that long without him.

We are really going to miss our two boys, along with Matt's girlfriend Caitlyn who is already in Denver.

This has been a wonderful summer with everyone home!


Lori at JOY Unspeakable said...

So glad your whole crew was all together for such a special occasion. Love the pew pic! That's so great!!

:( Sorry two of your fellas are going to be moving so far away. I just dread the day that happens around here.

Jill said...

What a special day Jean! Glad the girls did well! Welcome to the Family of Christ Ellie and Emma! May you never look back!

Mei Mei s and Mayhem said...

What a great family picture, with your two new little saints!! ;-) Glad to see it went well. Been thinking about that with Gemma and how soon to baptism without freaking her out??

And Yes, Moms like lots of pictures!!

Sarah said...

What great pictures. Congratulations on the girls' special day.'ll be missing those boys!


Sue said...

Great picture and congrats to Emma and Ellie on their baptism. I so sorry two of your boys are leaving. I am already having a hard time with Jade leaving in a couple of weeks and she is only going a hour away. Love the family pictures

Blogging Friend said...

What a beautiful and special day for all of you to experience.
The girls looks lovely!
You have a lovely looking family and should be very proud of every one of them just as I know you are.

I swear if Sarah was lighter complected no one would be able to tell she was adopted. She has your beautiful smile Jean, and looks just like the both of you. What an amazing difference she is from a year ago.
I cannot wait to see Ellie and Emma this time next year. I am sure they will look so much better then too.


Blogging Friend said...

BTW, when is the next little one being adopted. I think you should adopt Luke. LOL!!
I know this is probably going to start trouble but just trying to help you fill up another pew of children. LOL!!


Angie said...

Exciting things happening in your family!! Congratulations to the girls, and to you for filling two pews at church! :)

The Heald Family said...

You are overflowing on the pew:) What a special day! I love seeing you all in one picture. I will be praying for you as Matt and and Mark leave.

Nancy said...

What a beautiful family you have. You should be really proud of them. Lovely.

Mummy said...

What a great photo of everyone on the pew, and how awesome to have had your family for the summer. Your heart must be overflowing. :-)

Mandi said...

What a beautiful picture of your whole family together. We too are Catholic so I know how special a Baptism is. I only wish Jaxon could be Baptized, but because of his age, he will have to wait and make that decision himself.

As for the pew thing, never in a million years did I think I would have a family large enough to fill a Church pew. I love how God opens our eyes to see the bigger picture.

I will be praying that the transition for Matt and Mark is not only easy on them, but their Momma too. Blake and Jaxon are only 13 and 14 and I already get teary thinking of them moving out.


Jboo said...

What a sweet and special occasion for your whole family! I'm sure the summer has just flown by with so much going on. You do have the cutest family! Best wishes to your sons on their adventures!


Laura L. said...

Congratulations to the girls. They will love the Lord, and that is awesome!
I love the picture of your whole family. That is so cool. God has blessed you BIG time. :)
It is hard when our big kids move away. I know how it feels. It's hard at first, but it does get easier. It really does.

Learning Together at Home said...

What a wonderful blessing to have your whole family there for the big day. And to have pictures - i truly understand! What a gorgeous looking bunch. :)

Mary Kate said...

How special to get some great photo's with all your kids...What a Wonderful family, you have and Beautiful, too!!!!

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Kelly said...

LOVELY pictures!!!!! I love your family!!!

Filling up a pew indeed! LOL :)

The girls really do look great!