Wednesday was baptism day for Eli and Emmett. I know many of you are thinking why Wednesday??
Well, Wednesday was June 2nd. It was the 2nd anniversary of my husband Kramer’s passing. If you’re new here, you likely don’t know the story. If you’re a regular, here’s a refresher.
On Tuesday after Memorial Day of 2019, Kramer went in for a pet scan. The news wasn’t good. His lung cancer had spread and he was full of cancer. The doctor gave him a couple of weeks to live. Our family went into high gear and tried to get as many things done as we could. One of the things Kramer wanted was to see the grandbabies baptized. At the time that was Kalissa’s Gannon and Kelli’s Georgia.
The girls had tried to plan baptism several times during Kramer’s illness but he’d always end up in the hospital and we’d change plans.
So we made plans to have Georgia and Gannon baptized on June 2nd which was the Sunday after we were told Kramer wouldn’t have long to live. As the week wore on, Kramer could no longer leave the house. He was able to still walk around and care for himself but he needed oxygen and tired so easily.
We talked to the minister. He was willing to come to our home and do baptism here so Kramer could attend. The minister was awesome to us.
That Saturday I went to bed. Kalissa was with Kramer for the overnight and she woke me saying Kramer was asking for me. Kramer talked to me a bit. He didn’t open his eyes. He was insistent on asking what time it was. I told him it was just after midnight-meaning it was Sunday. He seemed like that was such a relief to know…and within minutes, he passed away.
All of us believe that he wanted to make it to Sunday for baptism. We ended up baptizing the babies only we did do it at church. It was bittersweet. We did it then to honor Kramer’s wish.
Then last fall when Jasper and Lilly needed to be baptized the kids opted to have it done on Kramer’s birthday being we knew baptism was important to him…this year, Kelli opted to go with June 2nd for baptism, again with the thought that it was a way to remember Kramer.
Here I am with the boys…I’ll let you guess who is Eli and who is Emmett.
If you guessed Eli on the right and Emmett on the left, you were right.
The boys wore Kalissa’s baptism dress. One wore the slip and the other the actual dress.
Here is the Hanken family…It’s not often Jason makes into any blog photos!!
Kalissa was teasing me about how she says I age in reverse. She pulled pictures for baptism from the other grandkids.
Carver was first…Forgive the hair. I was growing it out.
Scotty and Lusy were baptized on the same day.
Here I am with Georgie and Gannon.
Then Jasper and Lilly…
Now Eli and Emmett.
So do you think Kalissa is right? I’m aging in reverse??
My favorite picture at baptism will ALWAYS and FOREVER be this picture!
I’m so thankful that my kids respect baptism as Kramer and I did. It can be so hard when family members have different beliefs.
I’m so honored that I have been here each time one of the grandkids was dedicated at their baptism.