Eleanor had her birthday back in May, more than a month ago. She had a pretty good birthday and got to go out to dinner to the local amusement park for her birthday Saturday. It's hard to believe that my fifth child, the oldest of my babies, is now eight years old. We let the children use breakable glass and ceramic tableware when they turn eight, and it's so strange to see only two plastic settings left when the table is set for meals. Children have a tendency to grow up when you're not paying attention and it's very surprising when that happens.
My parents decided to come and visit us in June, so we decided to hold Eleanor's baptism during their visit so that her grandparents could be part of it. They don't have that many grandchildren left to be baptized, so we thought that they'd enjoy being here for Eleanor's baptism.
When Kathleen turned eight, I sewed a white dress for her baptism. It's also been used by her female cousins, so my parents brought the dress and a pair of white pants for Brandon with them in their luggage when they came out to visit.
We had planned to hold the baptism for the day they arrived, on a Saturday, but their luggage didn't show up when my parents did. The baptism had to be postponed until the clothes arrived, but thankfully it was was pretty easy to postpone as it was going to happen at our house and only one other family was coming. We started looking for other clothing options, but were happy that the suitcases showed up Monday morning so we could hold the baptism that evening.
The baptism was, of course, beautiful, and Eleanor was happy to have her friends and family there to celebrate with her. Everyone in the family except William and Elizabeth got to participate, with Kathleen and Sophia helping with the music, Edwin and Joseph acting as witnesses, my mother speaking, and my dad helping with the confirmation. I loved seeing the wide smile and happiness shining from Eleanor's eyes as she was confirmed after her baptism.
I love seeing Eleanor grow up into a cheerful, thoughtful, sweet girl. She is always happy to share with everyone, even if it's just a crumb of the cookie that she has. Her infectious laugh always makes me smile, especially when she's being tickled. I love seeing the latest horse drawing that she has created and finding the numerous pictures she leaves littered around the house. Poor Eleanor is stuck between two brothers, but she is a needed break from her sometimes intense brothers. I look forward to enjoying seeing her grow up further and seeing what amazing things she has in store for us. Happy birthday, Eleanor!