Today was Addyson's big day in the church. Well for us Catholics I guess it is the first big day of many. Today was the day that Brad and I choose to confirm Addyson's religion for her and raise her as a Catholic. What I like about our faith is that when the children are older they get to "choose" to be Catholic and are confirmed in their faith which happens to be another big day for them!
My mom started the tradition with Owen that she would like to make (or have made) the baptism outfit the kids would wear and the white garment that goes on the child once they have been baptized with the Holy Water and when possible, all of the grandchildren would wear the same outfits and white garment. Well we tend to baptize our kids a bit late, 9+ months, so cousin Troy wasn't able to wear the same outfit but luckily the white garment is a OS deal! Mom also likes to get the kids dressed at the church which sounds like fun until you are trying to dress a VERY active one year old and keep the white outfit white!
Father baptized two children today, Addyson and Hunter. Hunter looked to be about 6-8 weeks old and looking at him and then looking at our walking one year old we felt a bit
We choose Chris, Brad's brother, and Kathy, my mother, to be Addyson's Godparents. Each one of them brings a unique set of attributes and characteristics to Addyson's life, they are both very different but compliment each other well and we are honored that they stepped into such a roll. Addyson is one lucky girl!
Addyson was such a big girl when Father poured the Holy Water on her head!!! She didn't cry once! Of course, she spent the whole time trying to sit up and get out of the stream but, she didn't cry! After being blessed, each Godfather is asked to go light the child's baptism candle off of the big baptism candle to represent the Light of Christ that will shine in Addyson's life. It is up to us as the parents and Godparents to make sure to guide Addyson in life and always remind her of Jesus's love for her.
The last thing Father did was give each parent an individual blessing. I was really touched by this gesture and thankful for the extra blessing. I pray every day to have the strength to be a portion of the mother that Mary was to Jesus and I feel that is what gives me the patience and guidance to get through each day. That extra little blessing will get me through this next year!!! : )