I am not an overtly religious person, but I do believe there is something bigger than us out there. On this Marvelous Monday, I am feeling light and blessed. After a hectic weekend of family, friends, cleaning and food- we’re here. The house is clean once again, we’re headed to have fun with more friends and, most importantly to me, Millie is blessed and welcomed by God.
It may seem strange, but I fear Original Sin. I was raised (a halfie) primarily in the Catholic Church and taught all the things that involves- which means when my brother died in the first 24 hours of his life, I feared his OS. I later learned he had been blessed and baptized and read his last rights by a priest… but I panicked about his status and whether he was in purgatory and what that meant… Let’s just say it went on for a while. So, there it is. I fear Original Sin.
My fears, however, were turned to joy this Sunday when Father advised me to remember that when I hold Camille, she has been cleansed of Original Sin and she is too young to have sinned- I should know this makes her a true angel. While my children are my angels- real blessings to me- I felt lighter as she laid asleep in my arms. For Father spoke the truth. In my arms was a real angel. A child born of God, free of any and all sin.
As we laid down for sleep, I kissed her and felt safe. Our weekend was full of beauty and grace. Love of family and friends. Dave joined us at Church, and while he doesn’t adhere to the Catholic Church, he certainly supports me and raising the girls in faith. For that, I am blessed. I cannot change him (nor do I want to), but we love and support our choices. God is good, and I know S/He has a plan. There must be, because I’ve made it this far.
Thank you to everyone who spent the weekend with us in person, in spirit and in kind.
And a special thank you to my big sister (who flew with my 11 month old nephew) all the way from Florida, my mom and step dad and brother, Nick (Godfather) who drove up from Pennsylvania, and Millie’s Godmother, Kate, who drove from upstate New York!
Have a beautiful Monday (and week), Reader!
Barb W. says
What a beautiful baby! Children are such blessings! Thank you for brightening my Monday with these lovely words and gorgeous pictures!
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she’s a dollbaby. Loving that bracelet, such a beautiful message
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what a beautiful, spirit filled weekend you had! I’m glad you were reassured. It’s my belief that all babies are precious and wanted in God’s eyes, and would never be punished my Him.
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Kelly Hutchinson says
What a beautiful post! We felt the same way when we had our kids baptized.
Awe your little one looks very cute in her baptism dress.
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Nancy Lustri says
Awww…The family photos are beautiful and Camille looks absolutely precious in her Christening gown. I’m Catholic too and when I lost my son’s twin just before birth, I thought the baby had not been baptized. Then I heard that the Church is getting away from purgatory (that place between earth and heaven) and thought… really? The Church isn’t going to tell me my baby is not in heaven – I know he is there. With that said, I still had my son baptized at 4 weeks before getting on a plane! Hee-hee It’s a Catholic thing, I guess! God bless you and your beautiful family! 🙂
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Looks like you guys had an amazing time. It’s always good to see families spend precious moments together.
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Looks like a great day! She is a doll, so precious!
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What a lovely weekend. You’ve touched on some of my biggest issues with my Catholic upbringing. How does it make sense that a newborn child could possibly be full of sin? I’m with your priest – ain’t no way. Just the fact that you have that fear is a grave wrong done to you by the Church. I hope you have been relieved of that fear. Your children are beautiful and full of grace.
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Melissa Pezza says
She is just too cute! I’m glad she’s had her blessings and all that. =D
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Myrah - Coupon Mamacita says
What a wonderful day. Baptism is always a joyous occasion.
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Mistee Dawn says
Such a gorgeous baby. You truly are blessed. Thanks for sharing this with us.
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Liz Mays says
I’m glad you had some of your fears allayed by what the pastor said. What a beautiful ceremony and precious time in your lives.
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A very nice day. You baby is sweet.