Since Talia's real birthday party was the Harry Potter celebration in October, we limited ourselves to a simple family get-together. We all went to watch Big Hero 6 in the morning, ate tamales for lunch, and played in the afternoon. Here's Eli, crowning our birthday gal before she opened presents.
Even though Talia wasn't supposed to get any new presents from Mom and Dad, I salvaged this doll house from a street corner where it was waiting with the trash.
The best present of all, however, was having Grandpa Charles and Grandma Susie fly in for the celebration. Here are Charles and Jason carrying the doll house all the way up to its new attic home.
Cheerful despite the bitterly cold weather, we explained to Talia that God blanketed the whole city in white in honor of her baptism. :)
Here are Brooklyn and Talia smiling at the picture Jason drew for the cover of her baptismal program.
Speaking of Daddy Jason, here he is dressed in white, all ready to baptize and confirm his special little girl.
Even though the photo quality isn't great, but I love the adoring look in Jason's face in this picture. You can tell he's just so proud of Talia and the great choices she's making.
Despite a relatively small turnout on this frigid day, Talia's baptismal program was very special. NomiAnn offered an opening prayer, Brooklyn gave a talk on baptism, Papa K and Eli sang "I am a Child of God," Grandma Susie spoke about the gift of the Holy Ghost, Sister Emma Beck (the Primary president) and Bishop Tomoser welcomed Talia, and Grandpa Charles gave the closing prayer. Talk about being surrounded by those who love you!
Before we knew it, it was time to enjoy cheesecake and brownies before bundling up to head home. Here's Grandma Susie getting Annie ready to go (a foreshadowing of things to come.)
And one more picture of Talia with her Wheeler grandparents.
Talia Lily, we're so very proud of you and the covenants you've made to follow Jesus. You already have such a generous heart and sincere desire to serve others. May this gift continue to be magnified, spreading happiness and joy now and for always. We love you!