Sunday, July 27, 2008

ben's baptism

It was a beautiful service. Benjamin and a handful of other babies were baptized in the middle of the regular Mass. Our church in St. Paul gets the babies naked and dunks them waist-high in the font while all the kids gather round and watch. The priest scoops water over the baby's head and recites the words of baptism while he is immersed. Ben didn't bat an eye. He likes his baths.


He's smiling now, but I hope our priest is still smiling when our two boys run and squawk noisily all over the back of the church on Sundays! (Yes, that's my "nice" wig.)


The godparents: my sister Ellen, who flew in from Oregon, and Steve's brother Bruce.


We had a little gathering of mostly family over afterward. My parents, along with my sister, are here from Portland, so they got to catch up with Steve's side of the family. Our friend Jennifer prepared a light lunch and had it all laid out for us when we got home from church. She rocks. If anyone is looking for a caterer, let me know.


Ben wore the same romper Daniel wore at his baptism. My friend Anne borrowed it for her son Aaron's baptism, too. It was kind of sad to take it off, knowing we won't be using it again. I wonder if any future boys in our family will wear it.


Steve took this picture of me with Ben, and I kind of like it.


So many photos in a day can make a baby cranky.

14 comments:

amanda said...

Oh, how sweet. I love the last picture! You have beautiful boys.

Monkeymama said...

Congratulations! I enjoy it when all the kids get to gather up close for baptisms. And Ben's outfit is adorable.

You have a beautiful family!

April-C-A said...

Congratulations Ben! What a special day and it sounds like he was a trooper. I love how your church involves the children from the congregations. Ours does that too.

Heidi said...

Welcome to the Catholic family, Ben! Happy to have you.

btw, you look great!

Rebecca said...

That looks like a beautiful baptism ceremony. I love how all the older kids get to watch!

Roxy said...

it was such a beautiful baptism! Ben looked so beautiful & he really did love the water! God Bless all of you!

Christina said...

I love that wig on you, Emilie! It's got nice volume and looks kinda feathered around the front. You look great!

I sure can tell Bruce and Steve are brothers. Funny.

Looks like a lovely celebration.

Marketing Mama said...

Looks like a wonderful celebration - congratulations! :)

Madwoman of Preserve Path said...

Congratulations, Ben! What a great day. And your mama looks beautiful too. :)

Jo on the go said...

What neat photos and traditions! I love your "nice" wig, too. Do you check em86? I sent you an e-mail with news about traveling...

Ahuva Batya said...

I'm so very happy that it was such a lovely experience for all of you, and your family was around you. It was wonderful to see you.

kristine said...

How beautiful! Congratulations!

Anonymous said...

Em, you are so hilarious! You statement "Yes, this is my 'nice' wig." I can just imagine the oogles of people who have said how "nice" your wig is. The "nice" being in quotes was just perfect humor!

Adorable picture of Ben crying, and Daniel next to him, looking at him. I think Daniel really loves his brother.

And of Ben naked in the fount - looking mellow as ever! Was he asleep?

- Susanne

Barbara said...

What terrific pictures! Sounds like it was a lovely experience for one and all. Congratulations Ben!! :)

PS You look adorable in your wig.