We celebrated a big day for Emmy on January 18, 2014 - she was baptized a Mormon! It was a special day for Emmy and she had all her biggest supporters there to be a part of it. They'd never seen so many catholics in a Mormon church - whooping and cheering when she got dunked in the font! (I guess that is not the norm ;) Emmy has always been very spiritual and as we all know - a very special soul! She met a friend who is LDS and attended church with her and said "I've never met so many people like me in one place!" We are so happy for her and loved being a part of a really special day.
Getting to the church - the girls rushed out of the car to see their Em
Peas in a pod!
all of our relatives were there - on time even! Aunt Kim gives Francie a squeeze
One happy Em! And dressed beautifully modest of course ;)
Tiny and Gladys - who Maisie said looked "beautiful and not recognizing" all dressed up for Emmy's day. We didn't take any photos during the ceremony but it was a beautiful and very special service. New friends and the missionaries she met with spoke about her and then we went to a different room for the actual baptism in the font of water. The kids were all right in the front and watched her get a full body dunk backwards (followed by the cheering!) but Tiny was SO confused and for the rest of the 45 minutes back in the ceremony room she was yelling "Mem!? Wah-wah!?" (like WHAT just happened?! Emmy went in the water at church?!?!"
Kelly and Lauren after the ceremony pushing the girls in the basketball court - of course Mormon's have basketball courts in their churches?! (funny side note: Francie had been one of Emmy's biggest critiques about converting. The conversation one morning before school went like this:
Francie: "Emmy, why do you want to be a Mormon?"
Emmy: "Well Francie it's important to me and I feel like I belong in the church."
Francie: "Are you sure it's not just because you like hanging out with Stacy?"
Emmy: "Yes Francie I like Stacy but it's more about the church and community."
Francie: "But Emmy, You are a CATHOLIC." (deadpan straight staredown to Emmy.)
Mary - had to jump in: "Francie, it's ok we are welcoming to all religions and it's most important we all believe in God. Emmy can still come to our church too even if she is Mormon."
Francie: "Well. Ok. But... we have donuts at Catholic church." (haha good one France)
(and Emmy under her breath to me "Can I tell her we have a pretty Temple that looks like Disneyland!?"
and after chatting for awhile after the service we invited everyone back to our house to celebrate of course! I was pretty flattered when two of the Mormon boys came up to me as they were leaving and said "THIS was the best after party we've ever been to!" Family specialty.. mormon conversion "after parties" :)
Drew and Jerry
Tiny, probably looking for Em to ask her again about the "wah-wah"
Em and her buds - JP and Will Frimel (who she nanny's for in the afternoons!)
Awesome BFF Maddie who flew down from Gonzaga to surprise Emmy!
Andy and Mimi talking to Jefferson, who baptized Emmy
Em and Scar
the sweet Missionary sisters who helped Emmy prepare for her baptism
James, Uncle Rich (Emmy's Dad - who's Mom was a Mormon and was happy to see her happy in part of her family's roots!) and Heff. (and YES our after party included alcohol since everyone is asking - Catholics are fully supportive as long as they have their celebration drinks too :)
SO proud and happy for you Em.
Lots of supporters - the best :)
and a quilt we made for Emmy with a collection of vintage and new laces and fabrics - everyone there that day choose a muslin heart and pinned it on the quilt to show their love.
These 8 kids are SO LUCKY to get to have Emmy in their lives everyday helping to take good care and be an example for them.
and the Baker girls too!
The big kids all gave a toast to Emmy - it was SO sweet and they each did an awesome job speaking in front of everyone! Francie had asked the night before to give a toast but said she might get too shy. She practiced though and said "Emmy- I am really happy for you that you are being a Mormon now. I know you made a good decision. Even though you are leaving our family church - the church that our WHOLE family goes to - I am still happy for you and I love you." (#catholicguilt?!) Francie was too shy to give that very direct little toast :) but the big guys said "a toast - to Emmy? I got this!"
What a handsome, polite, well-spoken guy!
Francie was in heaven with all the big girls
they all were!
Lots of Love for Emmy
Em and Jefferson
and a lot of ladies who love Emmy
We know Kaky (Emmy's Mom) was looking down from Heaven with a big smile and a kiss with her sisters
thoughtful gifts from the Baker girls!
these two :)
Yes we do