It's hard to believe, but our little baby girl is growing up SO fast. Seems like just yesterday that I was a mom to all boys, until our sweet little girl came into our life.
Miriam is such a sweet, gentle person. Always loving and kind, and still such a cuddlebug. The boys are always so amused by her because she pretends to be just like me, packing up her family of 20 or so children in her van and going to shop at Whole Foods, cell phone in hand and all. More than anything, she loves to go on dates with Dad or have special one-on-one time with me. And of course, she is as beautiful on the outside as she is on the inside.
She got saved some time ago through her Daddy, and has been wanting to get baptized but was afraid of going under the water. A couple of weeks ago, a lady at our church that she adores (the beautiful bride from this post) was getting baptized, so Miriam took that as the perfect opportunity to do likewise.
In the past, we used to baptize people in the spa part of our built-in pool at the house. This was obviously not very practical for several reasons, but one huge advantage was that it would heat the water very warm in a short amount of time. Even though this is Phoenix, the water out of the tap or in the pool cools down to probably just around 45 or 50 degrees in the winter - much too cold to be dunked under in. So getting a system figured out that could heat a lot of water (300 gallons) in a relatively short amount of time was a challenge, but we have finally found a solution for baptizing people at the church building. It takes about an hour and a half total to get the tub filled, so we can baptize pretty much "on the spot" so long as people tell us before the service that they would like to be baptized afterward.
With this, our four oldest children have all been saved and baptized. It is such a blessing to have the Bible as a guidebook for raising our children in this twisted and wicked world. Of course they are not perfect, but compared to what is "normal" these days, they are so sweet and godly. It's definitely not because of us parents, but rather because of the power of God and his word on their life. We are very blessed!