Betsy was baptized last Saturday, on the feast of St. Joseph! Our parish schedules baptisms during mass six times a year, avoiding Advent and Lent. We really like to baptize our children quickly and didn't want to wait until the scheduled time in mid-April. Betsy's godmother, Adam's sister Katie, planned to visit for her spring break and, if possible, we wanted to have the baptism while she was in town. Plus, we have an heirloom gown from Adam's side of the family that only fits babies up to ten pounds! All this to say, we asked our priest if he would do a private baptism and thankfully he agreed.
We did the baptism after the 8:45 morning mass. Our priest asked us to keep the guest list small because he tries to minimize the requests for private baptisms, so we just invited two other families. My friend, Michelle, generously took some great pictures of the ceremony! We don't have any action shots from Claire's and Maggie's baptisms.
Father did a blessing for the mother and father, something not usually included in the group baptisms.
Then it was time for the requisite group photos. One with our pastor...
With her parents, godparents, and grandparents.
And with the whole family! We felt so lucky to have both sets of parents in town.
Everyone came back to our house for brunch. We served three types of quiche: just cheese and bacon, broccoli and sausage, spinach and red pepper.
Panera bagels and cream cheese.
Our favorite flavors of San Pellegrino - clementine and pomegranate.
And for dessert, a lemon bundt cake with cream cheese frosting.
We set up an extra table in the living room and I couldn't resist decorating the mantel for the occasion.
Our present was in the little polka dot gift bag. We gave her a chewable rosary and an adorable Beatrice of Silva saint doll.
The kids played, the adults chatted, and a great time was had by all.
Welcome to the Church, Betsy!