Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Liam's Baptism

This weekend our little sweetie was baptized! This was such an exciting day for our family. We also officially joined our church. We've been attending for about 3 years, but never officially joined. A few weeks ago we took the class to join, so we got to make all of that official yesterday. Can you believe that this is the first church that I've ever been a member of? I really didn't grow up going to church regularly. I'd go randomly to church with friends or family, and my cousin and I went to church camp for several summers, and that's where I was baptized, but my family never went to one consistent church.

So not only am I excited to have joined our church, but I'm so excited that Liam got baptized! He was so cute and did a great job being in front of everyone. We met with our pastor last week to discuss the baptism plans and Liam and Pastor Scott became buddies, so I think that helped things go smoothly on Sunday, because Liam didn't feel like a stranger was holding him.
Liam grabbed Pastor Scott's arm when he put the water on Liam's head. It was so cute. 

After the baptism, we had our families over for some brunch appetizers and a big lunch! We had donut balls, apple danish, and fruit/dip to snack on until lunch was ready. For lunch we had bbq pulled pork, fried chicken, broccoli salad, hash brown casserole, corn pudding, and salad. We also had strawberry and white cake with whipped icing for dessert.

I had a feast for our lunch, but I actually did well getting an appropriate amount of cake! This was a 2 layer cake: 1 white, and 1 strawberry, with whipped icing. It was from Donut Bank, my favorite local bakery. 
Liam's grandparents and aunts & uncles spoiled him with a new pillow, prayer books, cards, a new outfit, and some money for his savings account. After everyone left, he napped for just over 3 hours! This was a huge blessing because Lee and I had only gotten about 4 hours of sleep the night before, so we were thankful to take a nap as well. We stayed up late cleaning and getting our house ready for guests, and although it was tiring, I'm so glad we did, because our house needed a good cleaning!

I kept our party decor simple and non-specific so it could be used again. I put a little colorful banner on our TV stand and put a similar one in our dining room. I had a little chalk board next to the cake that said, "God Bless Liam", and a display of his baptism invitation in the kitchen. Then I put some fresh flowers on my dining room table and on this folding table, and called it good! I'm hoping that those 2 banners and this pretty table runner can be used again for another party since they are pretty neutral.

We had a great Sunday celebrating Liam's baptism, and I'm so excited for him. During our time of waiting for Liam, I prayed and promised God that when I became a Mama, that I'd raise my baby to know God and his greatness, and would encourage my child to have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. I realize that God is not the bargaining type, but nonetheless, I'm so thankful to be Liam's mama, and so happy to begin raising him with a foundation of faith. Praise God for our miracle boy!

This little guy fell asleep on our way home from church. 

Liam cheesin' with my in-laws

My brother and his gf always love playing with Liam. My niece and nephew couldn't make it, since my niece had an out of town softball tournament. 

Lee's grandparents came! I love seeing Lee's grandpa with Liam. He is always holding his hand or singing to him, which is so sweet.  Liam is a lucky little boy. 

I love this little cutie so much. 

My dad and smom made the drive to see Liam's baptism


Little CJC and my smom were besties yesterday. It was so cute. 

I'm so thankful for these 2 boys. 

We had to snap a pic of Liam and his great-gpa holding hands

A family nap was a must after our big day. 

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