After Chris and I had been together for a few years, we had had a discussion about trying to find a church locally that we could maybe start attending. When I was growing up, I attended a church every Sunday that both my mom's side and my dad's side had been going to for many years. It held many years of weddings, funerals, Sunday School, confirmations, baptisms, and the like. My grandparents lived in the town where the church was so we always went to their house for lunch after church each week. Chris also attended church regularly growing up but both of us had gotten away from it for some time because of college and moving away. After we had that discussion, we decided to try out the "church on the hill" that was close to his apartment on Christmas Eve morning (it was a Sunday that day) and it was so beautiful and we enjoyed it so much that we started to attend regularly. At the time, we had been planning on having our wedding ceremony outdoors, but started to have a different feeling after we started attending. Because of that, we decided to switch and ended up getting married at the church. From that point forward we became part of the church family and have had each of our three children baptized there.
This Sunday was a beautiful day and was made even more so because of the church service that day.
What made it even more special was that our pastor included Colin and Kailey in Cody's baptism by having them assist him with dipping their hands and laying them on Cody's head. They were so proud to help and Cody was really good during the whole thing (especially considering how much water they got on his head).
That day I was particularly moved by the sermon and it was very fitting to Chris and I considering it is also Down Syndrome awareness month. Our pastor described baptism as a symbol and declaration to who we are and what is important in our lives. He described how the world names us many things whether it be based on a disability, rich, poor, young, old, etc. but who we are is truly at the heart of each and every one of us.
It was a beautiful day for a beautiful boy and we are very grateful for our families and most especially, our church family for making it that way.
"And a voice from heaven said, "This is my son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."