Our Blessed Baby

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Adorable Janie & Jack Giraffe outfit

On Sunday we had a baby blessing ceremony for Carter.  It was at the same location where we got married, Loch Nairn Golf Club.  The same man who married us officiated the ceremony. 

 It was a beautiful sunny day and the ceremony was outside under a big, old tree overlooking a golf course.

First Christian and I did a reading from Nancy Tillman's Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You.  
Everyone in our families put a rose petal in the bowl of water to sprinkle our blessings over him. 

Then, Carter's grandparents and Christian and I anointed him with lemon oil.
Grandfathers anointing his forehead for wisdom
Grandmothers anointing his feet to walk the best path in life
Christian and I anointing his heart so he'll always know true love
And the ceremony ended with the Irish Baby Blessing.

May all the blessings of our Lord touch your life today
May He send His little angels to protect you on your way
Such a miraculous gift, sent from above
Someone so precious to cherish and love
May sunshine and moonbeams dance over your head
As you quietly slumber in your bed
May good luck be with you wherever you go
And your blessings outnumber the shamrocks that grow
-Irish Baby Blessing

All was well in the beginning. He was perfectly calm while we set up and just looked around during the first part of the ceremony.  But then when everyone stood up to place their rose petal in the water it must have been a little overwhelming for him....and it all went down hill from there.  Small weeps were replaced with inconsolable sobs by the end.  But Jim, the officiant just spoke loudly and I did my best to bounce away his blues...unsuccessfully!  But oh well, I guess!  C'est la vie!  This is Carter...so a little crying was probably apropros!

After the ceremony we had brunch overlooking the golf course and he was on his best behavior and even fell asleep!  It's tough work being the man of the hour!

The perfectionist planner that I am...was a little crushed...I wanted this to be perfect and meaningful and it just felt like chaos.  Everyone said that it was a beautiful ceremony and everything was great.

When we got home we watched the video and you know what...it didn't look like chaos.  It did look good and it was so meaningful and beautiful.  And although all the details didn't go exactly how I planned, in the end it was perfect and our sweet baby had a beautiful blessing day and I learned that being a mom and a perfectionist just isn't always gonna happen.
my happy little blessed boy

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