One very important task on our to do list for home, was to finally have Aubrey christened. Will and I both grew up in the Methodist church, and while we don’t really associate with a specific denomination these days, we both felt it important to give our gift from God back to him, as well as make a public commitment to raising our daughter in a Christ filled home. While everyone was home we met with the preacher at my parents church last minute, and squeezed the christening in the first Sunday we were home.
Sometimes I get overwhelmed by our family. Overwhelmed by the sheer amount of support and love they offer us for anything and everything in our lives. Sitting there that Sunday and watching them one by one filling almost half of the church was just, awe inspiring. It makes me tear up now even as I type this. Not just my parents and Will’s parents, but grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins…everyone that was near and could make it to our last minute plan showed up to support us. Even more amazing is the fact that all of these people (not all pictured above since they were still piling in) have been present for everything my entire life. It’s a beautiful, wonderful, and amazing blessing to know they will also be there for our daughter’s many life moments.
Aubrey wore the same dress my sister and I were christened in. I was so happy it actually fit her!
We chose the traditional text and service. It was sweet, and simple, and perfect.
I always think of christenings, or baby dedications as some churches call them, to be a bit like marriage. You are making a vow to your child, to your church, and mostly to God that you will raise your child in a Christian home. It’s so easy to let life get in the way of the important things, so I feel making a public commitment helps make sure you are doing the work on your part and being held accountable for the responsibilities you have, whether it be your role as a spouse, or in this case, a parent.
We were so grateful to be able to have this experience with our family and each other. I can only hope we will be able to guide Aubrey to Christ, and to help her understand the overwhelming love she has surrounding her.