One of the main purposes of our trip to Utah was Sam's baptism. When we found out my parents would be in SLC for my dad to attend a dental course, we knew we had to make the trip. But there were so many bonuses...we got to see Grammy Joan's home remodel, I got to meet some blog friends, but most importantly, we got to see so much family (as well as meet our newest nieces and nephew)...to play games, watch American Idol, shop, recite The Office comebacks and reminisce. For those of you we missed, we'll be back in July as we make our way across the plains to our new home.
Sam's baptism day was perfect. About noon, the family (including my grandparents who made the trip from Boise) met at Joan's home to celebrate Sam with a yummy lunch. It was so great to see so many people who love and support Sam in the very important decision he made to be baptized. After lunch, we headed over to the stake center and took a few picture with the cutest 8-year-old around. I must say, Sam had a hand in every part of his baptism program...he made calls and personally invited all the family members to speak, pray and even asked his Aunt April to play the piano. Everybody did a wonderful job making it a day he is sure to remember.
As we were driving the last leg in our journey home yesterday, my mom called and told me that her favorite part of Sam's baptism was the huge smile he had on his face as Tony brought him out of the water...I didn't get to see that particular image because my eyes were filled with tears, but he radiated the entire afternoon. A smile we ALL love. Sam was also confirmed that day by my father, and as I took this picture of the amazing men in our family, I was so grateful to them for being such wonderful examples to Sam. There was so much love in the room.
Thank you to all who made Sam's day so special. Thanks to those who traveled so far to be with us. We love you and can't wait to see you again soon.