Sunday, September 16, 2012

Henry's Christening Day

What a day!  Our family was blessed to share sweet Henry's Christening day with family and friends. 

For a week we've been watching the forecast, showing a lovely weekend for an outside Christening lunch, but somewhere we missed the rain moving in.  We awoke, around 4 am, to the cozy sound of rain.  RAIN??  So we were up, checking the radar.  Relieved, it was supposed to move out by 8 am.  Then 11 am.  Finally, we gave up and got set up inside.  While not prefect, it was definitely cozy in our little house!  But it was beautiful and so good to have a happy occasion to celebrate. 

The beautiful cake and photos from Boy and Girl Photography

The beautiful AND delicious cake from Meredith Wilkerson

Soon, it was time to get dressed and head to church.  Grandma and I had gotten Henry's gown ready to go.  It was first worn by Hannah, who will be 20 in February.  All of the Grandmothers and Great-grandmothers have sewn on it, on all sides, including Brantley's Dunny.  On the hem are shadow-work medallions, sewn by  my adopted mom, Wanda Chandler. We grew up with her girls, and I still consider them my best friends.  However, we ran out of medallions, so Grandma added a new one, and I added Henry's monogram.   The gown was completed by having Daddy's baby ring sewn in the hem, along with a small cross from Grandma. It was also a nostalgic day, as Henry is the first grandchild not to be baptized by my Dad.  

All through this Little B had seen us working on the gown, but when we put it on Henry, he said, "He's NOT wearing that DRESS!!"  We all chuckled, and really, he was a beautiful, angelic little baby boy today.

Entertaining the family

Sigh.  An angel

Introducing Henry to the church

Henry was enthralled with the water in the font

"I baptize you in the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen."

During the prayer, Henry started playing  with  Dr. Marlowe's sleeve on his alb.

Right before Henry deftly removed Rev. Angela's glasses

After the baptism is was soon time for children's time.  Brant was thrilled to have Amy, Austin, Natalie and Cade go with him. 

After church, we snapped this great photo.

So, after church, it was still damp, but the party was on!

Henry conked out on sweet Savannah

Lynn came over with Ricky

And these beautiful girls were hiding in the corner

The guys were camped out watching the game.  Notice the table in the  living room.  Yep, we actually seated 24 people in our house!

The kids had a table in Brant's room.  But first, it was part of the battle, and a fort.  How funny is this photo, with the light saber glowing like that!

And it never fails, where a grill in on, people will gather. That was the most delicious smelling  grill smoke. 

Amy had fun running around with the kids

Aunt Carla and Henry, who shed the gown for a pair of Carhartt overalls

Cade, wielding the sword from Legoland

Where there is cake, there are kids!

I love the look of the boys faces in this one.  Henry is seriously thinking how he can get to it!

And no family event is complete without Mom Mom and Pop Pop!

Such a beautiful, special day!

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