Easter is my favorite holiday. Ever since I can remember, my Mom and Dad have had an Easter celebration at their home for family and friends. It meant Easter egg hunts, church, lots of food, hanging out with cousins, Easter baskets, and a new dress. Those traditions have continued since I have my own children. Every Easter I love getting them all coordinating Easter dresses and of course we make dad match as well! We attend church and then head to the family dinner. As I have gotten older, I have come to understand the most important reason for Easter. Not only is it a day to spend with family and friends, but it is about a risen savior. Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice so that my sins could be forgiven. What makes that even more special, is that He did that for everyone. Last Easter our church was having a baptism on Easter. Kaylin and Alianne asked if they could get baptized during the service. I really wanted their grandparents to be there and I knew that they would be at their own churches on Easter. I asked them to wait until the next one, and they agreed. On Easter Sunday they sang in the choir with their Dad on the platform. As the baptism began, I immediately knew that this wasn't like any other baptism I had ever experienced. I was up front taking pictures of each person getting baptized, they were singing, and the spirit of the Lord was moving. I noticed that Alianne was staring me down. She mouthed, "I want to get baptized today!" We didn't come prepared for a baptism...no extra clothes or towels. I nodded my head yes and she got in line to be baptized. Kaylin looked over and before I knew it she was in line too. Alianne was only 8 at the time and I had worried if she really understood, but my fears were quickly alleviated when I saw her began to weep. She wasn't crying because she was scared, she was crying because she was so happy. On that day, I was more thankful than I had ever been for God's promises. It was the best Easter ever to watch our girls get baptized. I will never forget, how they ran to their grandparents at dinner and said, "We're so sorry, but we just couldn't wait! We just had to get baptized today!"
Here is a video from the service!
"And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on His name" Acts 22:16
So speical, Kelly. I know that's a proud momen for you as a mom. Great memories to share when they get older.
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