The second weekend of August Eric and I headed up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for Benjamin’s Baptism. After work on Thursday we headed out at 5:00 pm and by 9:00 pm we started indulging in energy drinks. 650 miles later we arrived at Ron and Mary’s door step at 4:45 am Friday morning. It is crazy to think that we drove 12 hours and only went to Michigan. We headed straight to bed and slept for about 4 hours. Friday we hung out with the Strobel family and got lots of time in with Ben! Friday afternoon Eric and his parents went for an adventure in the U.P. they visited Finlandia University, Lake Superior, and a local State Park. While Eric and his parents were out Mary, Martha, and I headed over to the church and started prepping for the open house. Mary and her Mother Martha defiantly have a knack for party planning. I learned so many great tips while helping with the food prep (I will always score my cucumbers from now on)! Friday evening we all enjoyed a traditional German meal together (pork, sauerkraut, and vinegar potato salad) and enjoyed watching all Ben’s smiles! Saturday was the open house! Everyone gathered at Ron’s church to celebrate Ben’s Baptism. There was tons of great company and food to enjoy! Sunday was the big day. We all headed to church to hear Ron preach and watch Dan Baptize Ben. Ben was a little Ham the whole time he was giggling and smiling right on mark. After the Baptism Eric and I headed back home and 11 hours later we arrived back at our front door. What a whirlwind weekend but it was all worth it to see Ben get Baptized!