Our sweet Isca recently turned eight years old! She is soooo kind and good and we love her like crazy! And I hope those little chin dimples never go away.
A few special things about her right now:
– She loves to dance and was awarded a scholarship to attend a summer intensive for this year. She is very excited to attend but a little nervous because she will be one of the youngest dancers there and it will be rigorous. I hope she has a good experience. It is local so she will come home each night.
– She is a READER!! Her favorite author is Roald Dahl and she is currently collecting all his books. Matilda is one of her favorites. She just finished The BFG and is dying to see the movie when it comes out this summer! She is also working on reading the Book of Mormon. Her goal is to finish it this month.
I’ll have to get her birthday party pictures edited and organized soon – it was book themed and she had lots of her girlfriends over for lunch, cookies, and some fun activities!
– She is great at puzzles. We have several jigsaw puzzles and a few brain teaser puzzles that she loves to do.
– She has been saving her money like crazy and has just earned enough to buy an American Girl doll. She wants to get the 2016 Girl of the Year, Lea Clark. A trip to the AG store is in our near future!
– Isca was baptized into our church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) just over a week ago. She was so excited that morning! Her baptism was at 11am and at 9am she asked me if we could just go and do it right then, she couldn’t wait any longer! Right as she came out of the water I wrapped her up and helped her into the bathroom to change. We shared the biggest hug and she was just beaming. She said, “I feel so GOOD! My whole body feels so GOOD!” We were lucky to have my mom and step-dad and Luke’s parents come from out of state to support her. We also had many friends from church and a dear friend from Isca’s school class in attendance.
Luke was able to baptize her and then confirm her a member of the church. In the LDS church we wait until the age of 8 to baptize because we believe that little children are without sin. Around age 8 they understand right from wrong and can start to grasp the concept of the Atonement and how it applies to them.
Luke’s mom spoke a little about baptism before Isca was baptized and my step-dad spoke about the Holy Ghost right after. Isca was welcomed into the children’s program, called Primary, by the Primary President and was then welcomed into our ward (congregation) by a member in the bishopric (each ward is watched over and led by a Bishop. He has 2 counselors who support his efforts and help). His welcome was so warm and full of love. Everyone could feel how much he loves the Gospel and how much he loves serving our church members. Isca’s piano teacher played the piano and my mom was the chorister. Noa gave the opening prayer and Luke’s dad gave the closing prayer.
After the baptism we invited everyone back to our house for lunch. It was so nice to have our home full of so many people who love our family.
Here are some special pictures I took of Isca at the Washington, D.C. LDS Temple a week or so before her baptism. She is wearing my dress from when I was her age!
I just love watching my kids get older and bigger and learning more about their personalities. A little sad that they aren’t my tiny little babies anymore but so happy to see them growing and finding the things that make them happy!