Harriet was Baptized today at our wonderful church. We are so blessed to have a lovely church to attend. We couldn’t ask for a better priest than Bingham, and are so glad that he was able to baptize both Alma and Harriet. Harriet did really well. You can see in the photo above that Alma was a little concerned about what Father Bingham was putting on her forehead. It was oil, and part of my favorite part of the baptism ceremony. The priest puts oil on her forehead, eyes, ears, mouth, hands, and feet and says:
I bless your eyes that you may see God’s image in everyone. I bless your ears that you may hear the cry of the poor. I bless your lips that you speak nothing but the gospel of Jesus. I bless your hands that everything you receive and everything you give may be a sacrament. I bless your feet that you may run to those who need you.
Our dear friends Stu and Jacque are Harriet’s Godparents, and we are so lucky to have them. Their son Edison is just 9 days older than Harriet, so it is extra special to have them be such an important part of her life.
Not only do we love Father Bingham, but we also were blessed to have a retired priest be the Celebrant at the service. Father Ted was my priest all growing up, and even married us. It was really special to have him be a part of the service for Harriet.
I realized that we never got a photo of Father Bingham, Alma, and her Godparents, so we took this as an opportunity to correct this oversight. Just a couple years after the baptism. We love Kenton and Katrina and are so blessed to have them in our lives. They are beautiful Godparents to Alma.
After the service, we had lots of friends and family over to celebrate. I love when our house is filled with so many loved ones. Alma and Harriet are so lucky to have so many great friends who love them so much.
These are Alma’s best friends, above. Rach was her nanny last year, and is her best friend now. Rory is her best similarly-aged friend, who also had the pleasure of having Rach as his nanny. This threesome is pretty great. They are so bonded in such a fun, lovely way. Rach’s mom came up and was able to help Rach baby sit Alma, Harriet, and their cousins on Saturday night so we could go to a concert. They came to the baptism, also.
Rach is a pretty talented fort builder. All the kids loved playing in it, and Alma’s cousins even got to sleep in it on Saturday night.
Of course, video games are always a big draw. These guys deserved it since they had just done a wonderful job at church during the baptism.
Congratulations, Sweet Harriet. Your enthusiasm and joy is so wonderful. You are so, so loved.
* All photos (unless otherwise indicated) were taken by my mother-in-law, and edited by me. Thanks for being our photographer!