What a funny word: special. As long as you pronounce it with a sweet innocent tone, that is the word that sums up a few events of the past week.
Brandon won a gold medal in the Special Olympics Unified Sports. Huh? That means that he spent a couple of days in the big city playing on a team of athletes with disabilities. Unified means it's a team of 10 athletes, 3 of which are non-disabled. (like Brandon) Got it? So anyway, this was a volleyball team. And they won the gold medal for their division. It's a pretty awesome addition to our trophy case:) AND of course a very cool experience for Brandon. You can ask him about it sometime.
Brynn was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by her Dad. What a special day for her and all of us to share that together. She has now made a promise to
"mourn with those that mourn, comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as a witness of God at all times and in all things, and in all places...
...Ye have entered into a covenant that ye will serve Him and keep his commandments, that he may pour out his Spirit more abundantly upon you."
I love those scriptures and it was good for me to be reminded to live up to those covenants that I made when I was 8 years old.
My mom could not believe that Brandon's family members had driven from all over the state to join us for Brynn's special day. It kind of made me look at the situation with new eyes and realize, Wow! That IS awesome!! And this is the kind of commitment we see at every family event. Family is the most important thing. That is what I have learned from being in the C. family. They really live that principle.
We had lots of food and lots of visiting at the house after.
The basement was rockin' with a Wii dance tournament. You can see by my random photo shots that all the kids had lots of fun--although Cannon wasn't sure he wanted everyone playing with his toys, that were suddenly very special to him. That last photo is Connor and Porter--yes that is Porter in the platinum wig!