Thursday, June 18, 2009

Baptism/Blessing Photos

I got the photos of the baptism and blessing day from my sister in law Elizabeth. Here are a few of my favorites:
Here are the two little loveys all dressed in white.

I just LOVE this photo with the blue pillow in the background.
This one I love because you can see the necklace of Camille on my neck so close to her little brother about to be blessed.

Super sweet, super traditional photo of dad with daughter about to be baptized by immersion.

Here is dad with his rather unhappy son just after his blessing. Little son got woken up to have this blessing gown put on him. He was none too happy about that but it was necessary because of the story of the dress. ann marie was cuter.

Okay so I was in the middle of typing this entry and got interrupted by life. It happens. So I left the computer and am just now getting back to finish it. In the meantime It seems someone found my computer and added to my entry. You can see the sentence above this paragraph in a different font. I did not write that. I will give you all three guesses on who did. Hmmm....

Back to the dress story. This blessing gown was handmade for the blessing of Jonathan's maternal grandfather, McKay Christensen. It was made by Ann Marie Peterson, Jon's grandfather's maternal grandmother. This grandmother was the only mother McKay ever really remembered because his mother died when he was only 2 years old. His father died when he was 5 and grandma Ann Marie moved in to raise him and his 4 older siblings. She passed away when McKay was 15.

My mother in law told us the story of Ann Marie Peterson's life when I was newly pregnant with our second child. I told Jon that if we had a girl I wanted to name her after this remarkable woman who had great faith and lived a life of service and sacrifice. Obviously we did have a girl and that is why her name is Ann Marie. And yes, she is pretty darn cute.

All of our kids have worn this gown to be blessed. Jonathan also wore the gown on his blessing day. It is a special heirloom and we hope the kids will feel the tie to their faithful ancestors as they look back at the pictures of their blessing day.
The family after the blessing and baptism.

15 comments:

The "Street" Clairs said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures and story. They are beautiful. Your posts have been very helpful for us and each time I see a new one I know I will gain a lil more insight and be touched by the spirit.

Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend said...

Those are awesome pictures....

jennifer said...

I would just like to say to those people who choose to leave comments about what she chooses to write about and to think that she doesn't love her other children like she love Camilla the one she lost. Who are you. You have never walked one day in this woman's shoes. I dont know how she copes on a day to day basis. Dont read her blog if you dont like it. I think what she is doing is nobel and we could all learn from her.

Alisha said...

Great pictures...I have the same "super sweet, super traditional" photo of me and my dad on my baptism day...from way back when...love it :)

kr said...

I love the comment that Ann Marie decided to include. What a funny girl. :)

Samantha said...

Lovely post. That's one serious little man you have there. I love it when they have that look on their face:) One of mine did that a lot as a baby. I always giggled when I looked at him. Wondering what he was thinking about...
Ann Marie is a cutie, in more ways than one. hehe.

shanan said...

darling pictures. thanks for sharing.

Heather H said...

What an absolutely beautiful family and how wonderful to have both a baptism and blessing on the same day.

Christina said...

What a gorgeous family! I love all the pics, but the one of you and Noble is sooo sweet!!! :)

kathryn_m said...

I simply adore family heirlooms and traditions. Do you have any idea how many babies were blessed in that gown? Does it now "belong" to your family or do Jon's neices/newphews/cousins wear it as well?

We had a family oak rocking-cradle - as each babe used it, his/her name & birthdate were etched on the underneath side. Each Mom handsewed their own matress cover so they'd have a permanent keepsake.

It grew to be quite a long list - and is still growing. When in our child-bearing years, my siblings and I kept this cradle in almost continuous useage. Nowadays, it stays empty for longer periods - so sad.

Your pics are lovely - especially of father/daughter & mother/son.

love 'n hugs,
kathryn_m

Angie said...

I love Noble's serious expressions!

ellen said...

I love taking photos for my friends on baptism and blessing days.

cmhl said...

so it was made by John's great-great-grandmother!?? am I right with the greats? what a HEIRLOOM!!!!!


how do you store it?? (being nosy. because I have some little dresses that were made for my mother, and I wonder if I should be doing something other than carefully hanging in the closet)

Laura said...

BEAUTIFUL! Your family is just beautiful on the inside and out. I love how serious and expressive Noble is. How special to share his day with big sis. :)

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous family. I love the top photo of Sabrina-- she look absolutely angelica, a real little lady.