Ella was baptized on Sunday, and my parents and my mother-in-law were here to celebrate with us. It was a very special moment for our whole family. Ella did great, and the congregation got a good chuckle as she tried to pull apart the petals of the corsage they had given me. Our pastor was wonderful--I'm sure he's always good in each baptism, but he and his wife also lost three babies before having their boys (now 6 and 9), so I know that he he knows just what a blessing it is to be able to pledge to raise a child to love Christ.
Since the grandparents were in town, we celebrated Ella's birthday party two weeks early, but I'll share more on that at a later time. It was a wonderful blessing to have my parents here for a couple of days. Ella adores her grandparents, and kept giving hugs and kisses as they were packing up and getting ready to leave. My parents were a tremendous help, and I'm so blessed that they will drive through the night to see us.