My beautiful baby girl was finally baptized.
Ellena was baptized into the Catholic Church on a lovely Sunday morning, on the feast day of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist, at our little military chapel. The day blossomed into a perfect warm summer day, full of sunshine and blue skies. When I learned I was expecting her, I had envisioned her baptism taking place in Italy, she’d be baptized by the priest whom I was working for at the time, surrounded by our friends overseas who had become like family.
Instead, she was baptized a full year later, in the U.S., surrounded by a few members of her actual family: her godparents, my brother, and sister-in-law, and my mother all flew up from Florida to share in the day. Apart of me still wishes I’d been able to manage her baptism when she was a wee little thing, but between moving back to the United States at 8 months pregnant, followed by my husband leaving on year long remote tour when she was only five weeks old, we couldn’t seem to fit all the things in; so we ultimately decided to put it off for a year, and honestly, in the end, the important thing is the end result – her baptism.
Initially, she was scheduled to be baptized after the morning mass in the early afternoon, (which also coincided perfectly with her morning nap.) However, that was changed when our priest requested we baptize her alongside another little guy during the mid-morning mass. I love seeing baptisms when I come to mass, so I happily obliged. This, meant I’d somehow had to get Ellena to nap prior to the mass, which of course didn’t happen. With all the excitement and hustle and bustle in our house, Ellena was too excited and distracted to nap and was totally cranky during the service, and fussed and fought to be put down during her actual baptism.
She did, however, settle down a bit when the Father, took her off and sung a little song to her after she was baptized.
After her baptism, I planed a simple lunch reception at our home with just our family and the Father who baptized her. You know I love a good themed event, so of course her little lunch, no matter how simple wad decorated in a bohemian theme. You can check those photos out by clicking Boho Themed Baptism Luncheon