Monday, 11 August 2008

He does like his suit,

He just doesn't like getting his picture taken.
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Steven asked for a suit for his 12th birthday, which was Saturday. You can't make a surprise out of a present like that, which meant a little shopping for Steve. He doesn't much care for shopping, either, actually.
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I found a dumb-butler when I was out thrift shopping, which I thought would be a good way to 'wrap' his present this year. Once the suit was chosen, bought, and altered I 'hid' it away in my closet till the big day. Or the day before the big day, depending on how you look at it.
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On Sunday Steven was ordained a deacon in the Aaronic Priesthood. He, and a friend of his since they were very small, were ordained one after the other. Both boys were really happy about it - we sat behind the other family in Sacrament meeting and those two jumped up and nearly raced each other to the front to be presented by the Bishop.
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The tradition in our ward is that all the Aaronic Priesthood meet together for a new ordination, which with 2 families present meant a full room. Another tradition is that after a new deacon is ordained he has to kiss his mother (and grandmothers and sisters and maybe aunts and female cousins) and bear his testimony. I liked both parts of this tradition.
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Taking part in the ordination were Steven's Grandpas, Uncle Mark (x2), the young men's leaders and bishopric, and cousin Ross, who is a priest and therefore able to participate in the conferring of the Aaronic Priesthood and ordination of a deacon.
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Ken's dad said Steven looked just like Ken on Sunday. He said 100%. I don't actually have a picture of Ken at 12 years old, but if I did it would probably look like this:
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Ken doesn't always like his picture being taken either.

18 comments:

Denise said...

Aw! Handsome fella. What a great experience it is, watching your son hit that milestone. My teenage boy doesn't like getting his picture taken, either. I have lots of photos with him covering his face, or ducking behind someone else, or whipping his head around. Maybe it's in the genes.

Jill said...

It's so great that he wanted a suit for his 12th birthday! I love seeing the new deacons all decked out and handsome in their new suits like that.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

Congratulations Steven! I'm glad it was such a great day for all of you, Barb.

Jenny S said...

How wonderful day. Love the suit.

Laurie said...

He looks very sharp! And I'm loving the idea of the dumb-butler! What a special day.

Price Cream Parlor said...

Cute boy with the new sweet suit! He looks very handsome! I love the presentation of the new suit! Clever as always!

Katie A. said...

What an exciting time, for everyone, I'm sure! I love the "possible photo" of Ken at the end. Very handsom.

cheetah said...

It was a great day. It doesn't feel like he's grown up too quickly this time. It just felt like it was time for him to be "all grown up".

April said...

You have the BEST thrift store finds.

That suit is just so dapper! Love it!

Emily said...

Barb, I just made your sweet pork tacos for the first time and oh. my. goodness. they are soooooo good! My whole fam loved them and I loved how easy they were. Thanks for sharing!

Amy said...

I love a boy in a suit! Happy birthday to him.

nic said...

What a handsome Deacon! Mine is turning 12 in a week. How awesome is it? We're pretty excited here. 12 years goes by so fast, doesn't it....

Jenny said...

He looks very dapper in his new attire. Love the color combination. What an exciting day. Happy birthday!

Kelly A. said...

I looked at the pictures before I did the reading and though "Holy cow! That kid looks just like the one in the olden days!" Der. You got me!

Happy Birthday, what a great milestone.

Lucy said...

That is a fine looking suit. I thought Steven was adorable when meeting him. A very bright, social, fun twelve year-old for sure. He'll look great in his suit.

Hilary said...

He looks so handsome! Love the suit butler... how cute!

michelle said...

Great suit, great tie. New deacons are great. I didn't think so when I was a Beehive, but I do now!

annalisa said...

I think it is absolutely adorable that he asked for a suit for his birthday. How responsible. And I have to say you picked out a nice suit. Maybe it's a good thing that Beehives don't think Deacons are so great Michelle? He needs a few more years before he's worrying about that :).