We had a small rehearsal the morning of the baptism and Father asked us to think about what we were really asking of the church/community for our son. The textbook answer of course is "baptism" but he wanted us to share one line about what we were really asking. Jetty and I talked about it and determined we were asking the church, "To welcome him into our christian community and to help raise him in the faith."
|The deacon who baptized him on the left and our priest on the right.|
|His Godmother, Aunt Erica on the right.|
|With his moma and two aunts.|
|With "Sitty" and "Pepere"|
|With great grandparents.|
It couldn't have been more perfect. The only thing I could have prayed for is that there would have been some other young families at the ceremony. It will be a challenge to find community at church for Elias if there is no one his age for him to build that friendship and community with. Having a Christian community to participate in is important. We will have to work to create one or try to find one for our family.
|My Godfather on the left! A Godparent pic!|
For those that were at the ceremony, thank you so much for celebrating with us. For those that couldn't make it, we wish you were there.
|A tired and blessed boy.|
*Pictures by "Sitty"- my mom. (Except the one she is in- I took that one)