The night before the big day I felt quite melancholy. I felt so sad that my baby was making this big step and I honestly don't know where the time went. Even though we did have proof that time had passed in the form of a pretty long video of pictures that we showed before she was confirmed. Speaking of the video, that was a lot of work. It took me forever to go through all of her pictures and pick out the ones that were just right. It took forever for Brent and Stella to record her singing in the basement. It took Brent a long time to get her voice sounding just perfect on the CD. It took sweet Courtney forever to edit the movie for us. But it was great and I think everyone enjoyed watching it.
Stella was extremely nervous in the morning. I had already been up for hours (after not sleeping really) getting the food ready. Stella had her daddy practice with her many times. I'm not sure what she was most worried about, but I am sure the same nervous energy I had that I hadn't felt since the morning Brent and I were sealed was giving her some last minute jitters.
She had to be asked to smile for all the pre-pics because she was so worried. I'm so glad I have the pictures I do have, because being mom and photographer was not an easy thing. I so wish that I had more pictures, especially after the baptism.
I took this picture right before the big moment. Can you tell she was freaking out inside?
Stella had so many people make such a huge effort to come to her baptism, which is a sign to me of what a wonderful girl and friend she is. The Douglas crew surprised her--they were here looking at houses because they are moving to Utah! The Durhams came all the way from Virginia (I didn't get any pictures of them...so bummed.) All the Gummows were there too of course.