Easter is an extremely special day all on its own, but today was extra special. We do all of the traditional Easter weekend festivities, but we also make sure the girls know the real reason we celebrate Easter: that Jesus died for our sins, was buried and rose again!! Please be sure and scroll down to the bottom of this post to see what made this day extra special for our family.
Yesterday morning started with an Easter Egg Hunt at the club - another first for Kara. We were so happy my mom was able to join us for the entire weekend.
Mia also had a first - she decided she was no longer afraid of the Easter bunny, and instead, wanted to get her picture taken with him multiple times.
And no, that's not our house in the background. :)
The girls painted eggs.
But the best part of the weekend was that Leila chose to be baptized this morning. Nolan and I both grew up in a Methodist church, but when searching for a new church after moving back to town, we found a Baptist church that we LOVE. The pastors are wonderful, as are the people. And I really like the fact that you are not baptized until you have made the personal decision to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior - something Leila did a couple months ago. This morning, Leila made a public confession of her faith by being baptized in front of the congregation. I am so proud of her. She does a great job with her bible studies and learning her verses. (And my husband makes a great teacher!)
Another thing I love about our church is that they allow loved ones to immerse you, should you choose. This was such a special day in Leila's life and Nolan was able to be the one to be there with her. What a proud moment for him!!
Nolan, Leila and our pastor are all smiles after Leila slipped getting in the water. Fortunately, she was not hurt and just laughed about it instead of being embarrassed.
"Leila, have you accepted Jesus into your heart and do you love the Lord?," asks our paster.
"Yes!", replied Leila.
Such a proud parent moment.