Rhys' Baptism

Rhys was baptized on Sunday at St. Pius X catholic church here in Appleton.  It was such a nice day.  The whole weekend was awesome actually.  Gabe's sister Sarah flew in from DC on Thursday.  She was here in time for Gabe and I to go out to a nice dinner.  We also had tickets to see the Soweto Gospel Choir from South Africa.  They were absolutely amazing!!!  My dad got in to town the next day.  The girls had so much fun with Auntie Sarah and Papa.  They were so sad to see them leave.  Ellie tried to go home with both of them.  Gabe's dad and stepmom surprised us by coming in to town Saturday.  We went from thinking we weren't going to have any family here to having several relatives.  What a blessing!  I know that Rhys will not remember the day but it was truly special that all these people could be a part of his special day.  Rhys' godparents are Nikos and Kristin Efthimiou.  Gabe and Nikos met through soccer and became great friends.  We also had several of my church friends attend the baptism.  The catholic - methodist, mixed marriage has always been difficult.  It is always hard for me to baptize the kids at the catholic church and not have my pastor be involved.  I am so grateful to have a wonderful church family that is willing to attend the baptism. Deacon Rick even gave the Korb kids special tasks during the service.  Here are a few pictures from the big day.  And, yes, Rhys is wearing a "dress".  This is the same baptismal gown that Victoria, Ellie and my nephew Luke wore.  My mom had her wedding dress made into a baptismal gown with coat and hat.  It means even more to us since she passed away.  She was still with us when Victoria was baptized so she did get to see the beautiful gown worn.  Now my dad has been driving it around the U.S. seeing all of his grandchildren baptized.  It is so special for my sister and I.  I feel like our mom is right there with us at the baptism.