Sunday, August 25, 2019

Eloise's Baptism

Eloise chose to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.  Grandma and Grandpa Knight came from Arizona to celebrate her baptism with us.  She was baptized on May 4, 2019. 
 Grandpa Michael drove over the mountains to show his support, too. 
 Some brothers were not very excited to participate in picture taking, but I promise they were happy that Eloise got baptized. 
 Baptism is a very important event. It signals a commitment to follow Jesus Christ and model your life after his teachings.  It is also the first step to becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. 
 Eloise was baptized by her dad.  She invited lots of friends and neighbors, teachers, and even her school bus drivers.  One of her bus drivers even came, and brought a gift, which was a nice surprise. We are proud of Eloise for taking this important step. 
 After the baptism, we were excited to have a few more days with Grandma and Grandpa Knight. 
 I think Grandma dressed to match our Rhododendron bush. 
 Sammy and Eloise got some quality hammock time with Grandma. 

 B stayed home for a special day with Grandma and Grandpa while Sammy and I went volunteering on Monday.  On Tuesday we took Grandma and Grandpa to Seattle to see Puget Sound and go on a Seattle Underground Tour. 

 The underground tour was really interesting.  Seattle started as a mucky muddy lowland tidal plain with houses on it, with streets designed more for dragging lumber to the docks than for traversing.  When the city burned down, a massive engineering project was started to elevate the lowest parts of the city.  Since businesses needed to operate anyway, Seattle's downtown buildings had to be built at least three stories high, with an entrance at the street level, and another entrance at the future street level.  The original sidewalk level ended up as a trench, which was eventually covered by the current sidewalks.  In the picture below, B, Sammy, and Grandma are looking up at a skylight in the underground sidewalk.  For a long time, business was conducted at the upper and lower levels of the city, so the sidewalks have windows in them to let light down to the lower level.  All of the lower spaces have been closed to the public, since many are structurally unsafe, but the history that is visible down there was pretty cool. 
We are so happy that Grandma and Grandpa could come visit us in Washington and be with us for Eloise's baptism.  

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