Nine years ago on Thanksgiving weekend we buried Kelly-Anne. Not a day has gone by since that we haven’t thought about her and missed her. Kell’s funeral was officiated by Rev. Canon Joyce Sanchez, a longtime family friend of the Drummond family. It was a sad, sad day and it left an indelible mark on all of us, but Joyce did a wonderful job with a difficult situation, somehow leaving us with the hope of a risen Savior.
Today, nine years later, we celebrated another important Drummond family milestone on Thanksgiving weekend. We celebrated new life in the baptism of Kim’s beautiful baby, Paige Heather. The service was once again officiated by Rev. Joyce Sanchez. She once again did a wonderful job on this happiest of occasions. The New Testament scripture—Philippians 4:4–9—was especially befitting for today’s occasion.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.
Paige wore a lovely custom designed baptismal gown. And she wore her Aunt Kelly-Anne’s gold cross around her neck.
It was a joy to celebrate with Kim and Joe and to meet Paige for the first time. She’s a beautiful girl—alert, bright, well mannered, and inquisitive. She has brought a lot of well-deserved joy to the Drummond family. I’ve never seen Doreen, John, or Kim looking happier.
Paige, may God grant you a long and healthy life full of love. May you come to know our faithful and loving God and trust in Him to direct your paths and meet your needs.