April 28, 2013 was a blessed day, indeed! Our sweet Amelia Margaret was baptized as a child in God's Great Kingdom!
Our church does baptisms on the last Sunday of the month, and this was the only 'last' Sunday Mike was scheduled to be in town for the foreseeable future, so we picked this day. It also just so happened to be her Great-Grandpa Wehmeier's (Mima Cooper's Dad) Birthday. It was a special day indeed.
It was the beginning of a blessed and beautiful journey; Millie's journey. I know the Lord has great plans for her.
She wore this GORGEOUS gown that was sewn by hand for Aunt Lindsey 35 years ago. Lindsey's daughter Olivia also wore it, and now Amelia had the distinct honor. The tag says 'Made by Granny (Wade)'. It's adorable and I was thrilled that Millie's arms still fit through the arm holes (it was close, though).
I carried her beautiful gown in to the sanctuary and we dressed & primped her there.. I had visions of another long white dress many years down the road. I'm praying already that she'll find a husband as wonderful as I have.
I was so proud to show her off.
We practiced praying before the ceremony. Kidding.
"Ah, what's about to happen?!"
We had Amelia baptized at our wonderful, amazing, God filled church, The Gathering UMC. I probably should have told you about this church long before now, but we feel like it's a great fit for us now and for where we see our family in 5-10 years. This church and our abundant community within it has been a true blessing out of our relocation to StL.
"From everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children's children"
Rev. Matt Miofsky presenting God's little daughter. We did take note of the baby boys being baptized that day, and we'll be contacting them in about 25 years to arrange a marriage. Kidding, again.
I love the pride that beams from the faces of her grandparents.
Carson was proud, too. I love that kid.
She was so tired after it was all over.
I love this picture featuring Millie's godparents, Claire & Adam Willard. Claire & I were best friends & roomies at Mizzou, and she married a wonderful man, Adam. We feel so blessed to have them as guides, mentors, and prayers for our little baby girl.
Carson entertaining O during the service.
After the service all of the aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and godparents headed to our house for a yummy brunch. We were so blessed that every single family member was present for the baptism, and we're so glad that we live in StL so that they can all know Amelia, too.
She got in some cuddles with all of her grandparents, of course.
"All thy children shall be taught of the Lord, and great shall be the peace of thy children." Isaiah 54:13
Owen was pretty good about letting her be the star of the show, but he did pause for this cute pic. Love that color on him.
A great pic of Amelia in the dress to send to Granny Wade's living sister, Frances.
Baby George (6mo) was also a hit of the party. I can't wait for the Willard and Wade babies to grow up together!
Aunt Lindsey even got a little snuggle time in with him, too. She did great helping him with those core muscles, because we saw him a week later & he was sitting on his own!
I love the adoring grin Claire is giving to her gorgeous boy.
Her second party dress.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us." Hebrews 12:1.
May God's tender love surround you, and may He always guide your life as you grow with Him.
Thank you to all of you who supported us on Amelia's baptism day, and thank you to all of you who will shepherd her in Christ's love. We are beyond grateful.