In mid-July, Jaden and Cody celebrated their 2nd baptismal birthday. This year, because they understand what's going on a little more than last year, we wanted to do something special to remember this date.
So, after dinner, we took out their baptismal candles (the ones that were lit during their baptism service), sang a little "Happy Baptismal Day to You" song, and let Jaden and Cody blow out the candles.
I had considered baking cupcakes (perhaps even with blue frosting to symbolize water) but ended up going with an easy brownie mix instead. Jaden and Cody love brownies much better anyway!
Then, we talked with them about their baptism day two years ago-- who was here, who baptized them, what it means, etc. They especially loved touching the shells that were used during their baptism service.
Finally, Daddy brought home his guitar so that he could play and sing for the boys the song that he had written specially for their baptismal service. We all enjoyed hearing Daddy play this meaningful song again!
We fully intended on showing the boys photos of their baptism service, too, but then completely forgot. A few days later, we showed Jaden and Cody the photo book of their baptism weekend that Uncle Jon and Aunt Chelsea had put together.What a great memory this book is! The boys love pointing to their family members and calling each by name.
We look forward to recognizing this day in the future, too, so that Jaden and Cody will always remember the precious gift of their baptism. We thank God for making Jaden and Cody part of His family!