water in the word

This Sunday was Mollie's baptism! It was such a happy, blessed day. Even though I admitted on the way to the church that I was sure she'd scream the entire time and it'd echo off the marble and I'd turn bright red and melt from shame, she was actually perfect. She slept through the whole thing, and was delightful with her party guests afterwards.

She seemed very pleased with her fanciness all day. This dress has been worn by three generations of girls in my family so far (12 babies total)!

Maybe her love of baths carried over?

Mollie's godparents, Ryan and Emily (and Lawrence, who's our godson, and Lucy!)

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this about baptism: "Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit (vitae spiritualis ianua), and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism we are freed from sin and reborn as sons of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission: "Baptism is the sacrament of regeneration through water in the word."

That night Will and I agreed that the day had been momentous for us as well. It seemed to mark an end to the hazy, just-keep-her-alive, newborn days, and reminded us of our paramount duty of raising our daughter as a disciple of Christ. With the grace of God, we'll do just that.


  1. That last picture is absolutely sweet.

    Welcome aboard, little one!

  2. You look absolutely radiant, Anna. So lovely. Congratulations!