Drake was baptized on Saturday, January 16, 2010. He was very excited. I had the jitters. I knew that I would become emotional as I watched him take this step. He was calm and ready to participate in this important ordinance. It is the important first step on a path that I hope he will continue to walk.
The baptism program was very nice. Zoa was quite involved. She gave the talk on baptism, which she prepared mostly by herself. All the help I gave her involved clarifying some wording and polishing a little bit. She did a fantastic job. She also sang "I Am a Child of God" with me and her grandpa. She sang the second verse as a solo and sang the descant on the third verse. She did a lovely job. I received almost as many compliments and congratulations about her as I did about Drake.
We were grateful for the support we got from my parents, who flew here from Utah to support Drake on his baptism day, and from some neighbors and friends and ward members. The room was packed to standing room only, which was very nice. Drake is a special kid. It was nice to see that other people think so too.
After the baptism, we had a lunch at our house for the friends that could come. Drake wanted to have a post-baptism party so he could play with his friends. It was fun to visit and enjoy the company of so many good friends. The tradition in our ward is for children who were just baptized to share their favorite scripture in sacrament meeting the next day. Drake stood up at the pulpit and shared his favorite scripture (1 Nehpi 3: 7) and then went the extra mile and also shared his testimony. What a fantastic person he is!
My parents were able to stay through the long weekend so we took advantage of the kids not having school on MLKing Day and took a day trip to the Outer Banks in North Carolina. We went to the Wright Brothers Memorial at Kill Devil Hills where they made their first flight. Have you ever stopped to think about what a miracle it is that they were able to figure that out? There were so many obstacles they had to eliminate and problems they had to solve to make it work. It really is amazing. What a great weekend it turned out to be.