Thursday, March 16, 2017

It's great to be 8

Our family had a huge event this past week. Our sweet Hudson got baptized! Feb 21, Hudson turned 8. I  just can't even believe it. My first baby.

Hudson typically is not interested in doing birthday parties with friends, so we just do our best to make him feel special and loved at home. We had a crazy busy couple days before his birthday, but thankfully "Auntie Serena" was here to help save the day.

We brought some timbits to Hudson's class, and after school Hudson has piano lessons. Then we went and met Dad and Cody at Montana's for Dinner. We picked there so Hudson would have to wear the Moose at and get sung too. It was pretty great, as he was so so embarrassed and sunk under the table haha.

After, we came home and did presents and cake. Little Fletcher beat us all to the cake and managed to mangle it before we could sing and dig in ourselves.

Now fast forward to this past weekend ( March 11)our boy had his special baptism. Sadly, with Grandma Jan and Gump on their mission, Grandpa Pete feeling ill and other obligations for my siblings, not too many family members were able to come.
Grandma and Grandpa Leishman were here on their way home from Palm Springs as well as Cody and Cassidy. We were SO thankful for Auntie Jessica and Jeff and their family, as well as Uncle Clint and Auntie Cherie for coming and making the day so extra special. Many ward members and friends also attended, Doug and Wren Ord, The Anderson's,The Siakuluk's, Jana Blumel and Leanne Smetanuik, as well as the Sefciks were all there as well.

On Friday Hudson decided he wanted to invite his special Grade 2 teacher, Mlle Grier, giving her very little notice. We were elated that she could in fact come, and it sure brought a special spirit to the day. She will never know what her attendance there meant to me. I loved seeing my boy so so happy and peaceful and calm. He beamed when he saw his teacher.

When we arrived at the church Bro. Siakuluk notified us that the program was misprinted and that it said that Shane was being baptized haha. I thought it was funny.

Hudson asked Cody to speak, and he gave a wonderful talk on baptism. Another little girl Claire Straga was also being baptised. Her Mom gave a talk on the Holy Ghost.
We asked the Prince family to do a musical number, and they played one of my favorite songs. When I am Baptized.Little Hayden started out with a violin solo, then Hannah and Brendan sang both verses. It was really special. They were AMAZING.

I think when I think back about this special day, was just how calm and happy Hudson was. He was so calm, which is a bit rare for Hudson, especially when all of the attention is on him. He looked so so so so cute in his new "lawyer suit". He did not act shy, or embarrassed but just angellic. He got baptized y his Daddy and all went great. After, he was given a wonderful blessing and received the Holy Ghost. We loved that Shane felt impressed to say that Hudson was "entertaining"  and that he has a very special missionary spirit. It said something neat about Hudson serving a mission to people who had never heard of Jesus Christ before. I felt so touched about that, imagining this sweet blessing of mine, going out and blessing the lives of others.

After we had a "feast" at our house. Princes and Heaths and Cody and Cass came over and we had a great time. The older cousins are so patient and loving to our kids. There were tons of candy and treats and the kids basically had a freeforall. Fletcher particularly was in Heaven and was rarely seen without a donut or candy in his sticky little hands.

I am so thankful for my membership in our church. I am so thankful that we have chosen to teach our babies about the gospel of Jesus Christ and the principal of Baptism. My most special life experiences and the greatest gifts in my life are directly related to my activity and membership in the Church and I count myself so lucky that I have a testimony and that I feel confident and comfortable with my beliefs. They have brought me so much joy, and I hope that they will bring my children the same joy they have brought me.