"Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will."
George Bernard Shaw

Monday, May 27, 2013

Brian's Baptism + Archer's Dedication

April was a very special month for our family spiritually. Brian decided to be baptized at Crossroads and Archer was dedicated there at the end of the month as well. Both were natural next steps for the way our lives are going and perfect ways to tell God how much we love him.

Brian was in charge of organizing everything for his own baptism. I keep our house running but felt that I needed to stay out of this 100%. It was Brian's decision and I wanted him to have complete ownership of it. This meant that nobody was told/invited until possibly the last minute. But we were very thankful that our friend Bill was able to make it and take some awesome pictures for us. Such an awesome friend! I was also honored that Brian asked me if I would baptize him. Apparently we had a conversation at some point 6 or 7 years ago when we first started dating. Brian says I told him he could either start going to church with me or we weren't getting engaged, and certainly not married. I don't remember this at all, but thank goodness he started going to church with me. I'm not sure I could have followed through on my threat!

Laughing because the water was FREEZING.  
You ask "Who is your Lord and Savior?" (Jesus is the correct response). And then baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  
I promise I was helping him up, not holding him under.


A couple days later was Archer's dedication. We weren't familiar with Crossroads' baby dedications or baptisms and were really impressed. Like everything else at our awesome church, they do it up right! There were lovely family and friends there to support us and we had a great lunch at our house afterwards. It was nice to get to relax and have Archer meet more of his Fischer side of the family. A photographer volunteers and takes photos of all the babies and families for each dedication/baptism ceremony. And then gives us all the photos to download for free! How amazing. 

 Each family had to share one word that they would use to describe their baby. We were going to go with "cranky pants" but since that's two words decided to go with "funny." He had really just started to crack us up (and himself) on a daily basis. So smiley and happy (except for that particular day and the couple leading up to it of course).

Funny little man! Brian also said this was the first time he had heard me speak in front of a group of people! How weird is that. 

Chuck Mingo, the head pastor at the Oakley campus, did the ceremony. He's our favorite! We were so happy to have him as a part of the day. 

Archer's God parents, Mary and Brad, joined us on stage. I promise I was there behind Chuck. 
After the service the photographer was set up off the chapel for as many family photos as people wanted. Why didn't we get everyone in on this?!?! Also--look at Archer's adorable little tie!!!
My new favorite family pic. It's going by our front door. :) 
Mary and Brad included this verse in a card to Archer, and I love it. I think it is exactly what we want to teach him, and though not exactly "young" anymore, what we also need to live out for him as an example:

"Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

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