A baptism is a special time in a parents life. To present their perfect child to the church, to welcome them into the Catholic faith and to free them from the original sin they were born with. It's an event that is celebrated with friends and family. Godparents are named, dear friends that you know that will treat your child as if they are their own. They will help guide them through life, support them and love them.
The day was beautiful. One of those perfect winter days in Florida that makes you almost glad you live here (then you remember what summer is like). Not to hot, slight breeze, ok for jeans or shorts. Perfect! St Paul's Catholic Church is gorgeous with it's gigantic stained glass windows and the Christmas decorations added just the right touch.
Family and friends arrived one by one to giggle and coo over the prettiest little girl with big eyes and a smile that will melt your heart. They tickled her, kissed her and showered her with love that filled the room. They smiled from ear to ear as she was welcomed into the church, the same church her parents were married at years ago. A place with deep meaning and sentiment.
As the service began and everyone settled into their seats, there was a moment when everyone looked at each other, grinned and wondered just how much fun a catholic service with an 8 month old would be. She was an angel, literally. She kept everyone smiling at her the whole time. I think she is pretty use to being the center of attention.
The baptism ceremony was held during Sunday service. The onlookers smiled just as much as the friends and family but they didn't get to meet for a wonderful celebration at Cassis American Brasserie afterwards in downtown St Pete. Now was the chance for family to relax, swap stories, and have all the emotion of the morning captured by the local friendly photographer, me.
There are moments in our life that momentous. Things that only happen once. Our graduation, the birth of our first child, their baptism. These are moments we plan for, moments that months of time will revolve around, and our memories of them will mark the passage of time in our life. While those posed family photos in front of the alter are awesome (and we captured those), the smile that a grandmother makes at her grand daughter carries more weight in my book. The kiss a father gives his daughter, the look that passes from husband to wife as they walk back through the church doors where they held their wedding, now as they hold their first born child, the reaching of a grandfather for his granddaughters hand. Those moments are awesome, those are the images that are worth more than words. That is what makes up our memories as we grow old.
Do you have an momentous event coming up that you would love to have than just memories of? Talk me to me! I am there for you!