With a baptism.
Exactly 11 years ago today.
I know this because around 7:20 this morning I found this:
When I was looking for this:
I was rummaging around for that beautifully crocheted blanket because, well, we had scheduled Landry's baptism for today and every single baby I'd birthed had been wrapped in that blanket on the day they were christened. Well, not so much wrapped in the blanket; more like accompanied to church by the blanket because, let's face it, the blanket kinda smells.
That's because it's old. My mom actually wrapped me in the blanket 30-some years ago for my baptism.
On Mother's Day.
And 11 years ago I'd wanted to do the same thing.
So we did.
And it was a super-big deal.
Family galore. A gathering afterward. Pictures. The whole bit.
Six short days ago I'd gotten this crazy idea that we should do the exact same thing for Landry (minus the gathering and the pictures and the whole bit).
I don't know.
It just felt right.
And when so many things feel just plain wrong, if something feels even a little bit right, we jump on it. We know Landry deserves the exact same childhood that the other three have had. We know that. But knowing and doing are two entirely different things.
Doing is hard.
But lucky for us, it doesn't take a whole lot to set up a baptism (on our end anyways). It might be a different story for the church. Lucky for us, we have a very understanding pastor.
We just had to dial up our moms and dads, search for something
to wear that fits, and find that blanket.
Except I totally forgot about the blanket until 7:20 this morning.
That's when panic set in.
And I had to dare myself to sift through a tote or two in our storage room.
Like this one:
It was marked "Addie's Keepsakes" and I'd started it years ago. Among its contents are her going home outfit, her first swimming suit, a handful of sleepers, a handprint, and a book titled I'm a Big Sister. So yeah, basically a time bomb waiting to go off.
And it did.
Especially when I pulled out her baptism banner and realized my daughters were being baptized on the exact same date. Of course I'd planned for it to be on Mother's Day (what with the stinky blanket tradition and all), but the same date? That wasn't planned (as evidenced by my desire to crawl right back into bed this morning).
But, like always, we put ourselves back together, got to church on time, and got it done.
|Flowers for Addie in the background.|
Even though we kept this one a little low-key, I have to say that this baptism really meant something.
Not that the others didn't, but when you have someone (and a child at that) who is living the eternal life promised during baptism, you kind of pay a little bit more attention. After all, it's not just words on a page. It's a promise.