We have been waiting to baptize Ke'alohi for some time now because we really wanted to do it in Hawaii. There were a few reasons to do it back home: The most important reason to us was to have it done at my grandparent's church. St. John Vianney Catholic Church meant so much to my grandparents who were loyal parishioners for over 35 years. The last two times I was in that church were for my grandma and grandpa's funeral services. I had talked to Fr. Tom at the church when we were pregnant and after Grandpa's service if he would perform Ke'alohi's baptism for us. In a way that church has really signified the circle of life for me: death and birth.
The morning started off with us getting ready for the big day and heading over to the church. We were lucky enough to have some of our friends and family attend the service. For those of you that don't know about Ke'alohi's two amazing Godparents, they are Nalani and Elijah. Unfortunately Elijah was not able to make Ke'alohi's baptism and was in Los Angeles. So, Nalani took on both of their duties during the mass. Ke'alohi was a champ throughout the whole mass and didn't cry at all. In fact she was happy as a clam most of it and even sang a few times, especially when the music was playing and the choir was singing.
We are so happy to welcome Ke'alohi into the Church with some of our closest friends and family by our sides. I know Grandma and Grandpa were also there in spirit looking down on our little girl, hopefully showering her with hugs and kisses too from heaven.