On Sunday, May 19, 2013, Bo, Clara, and Anna were baptized at Holy Family Church in Oglesby. This was another decision that was a difficult one for Mike and I — similar to our choice to send the kid’s to Catholic School. I feel that the kids will benefit from going through the traditions of the church with their classes. When they are grown, they can decide if they want to be Catholic or not — but I see no harm in exposing them and allowing them to participate.
Within the Catholic church, most baptisms are for tiny babies so my three are “old” to be baptized. In some churches, I know they prefer to baptize adults. Overall, the kids did great — Bo was a bit scared of the water but Clara and Anna both giggled while Father was pouring the water on their heads.
While I feel that being able to go through the Catholic sacraments with their class and being Catholics will be beneficial for the trio at school, I’m also very grateful for a way to link our family with the Kilmartins. We have been very blessed to be such good friends with their family and I’m indebted to them for agreeing to be my trio’s Godparents. I joked in the card I gave them on Sunday that maybe we can call our kids “Godcousins”. In the readings that Father did during the baptism Laura and Derek had to agree to help us to raise our children in the church — little did he know that they are already doing so. I would never have been brave enough to call Father to schedule the baptism in the first place if Laura hadn’t talked me off the ledge.
After church and the baptismal ceremony, we all ate lunch at Olive Garden and then had a family playdate at our house — the kid’s rode bikes, played in a bucket of water, and ran around like crazy little people. Mike and Derek sat in lawn chairs in the front yard while Laura and I pondered my packing list.
It was a beautiful, sunny day. I only wish I would have taken more photos! As you can tell, some of them weren’t the best — but I did find myself laughing while I was going through them this morning. It’s pretty much impossible to get a good photo of all of our kids together.