My beautiful, perfect, wonderful little Lydia became a Princess of the Church on Friday. I finally got pictures and I'm posting them for your enjoyment!
In the first picture, she's posing with Fr. Matt and her mom, Jen. Jen just became a fully-vested member of the faith this past Easter season. I'm so proud!!!
Though I couldn't be there physically for Lydia's baptism, I was sure to be on my knees offering up a rosary at the same time she was being baptized. I'm so, so, so happy that Lydia took her first spiritual steps towards a life of love.
This is a picture of her Baptismal Candle.
I've always loved this part of baptism (not more than the smell of chrism, but it's up there). When the godparent takes the candle and lights the flame of faith from the Paschal candle... oooo! I get goosebumps every time!
It's such a wonderful reminder that Christ is not only the Light of our lives, but His Love burns as a fire for us.
After the Baptism, they re-enacted portions because someone felt funny taking photos during the sacrament. Ha ha. Very thoughtful of them.
This made for a fun shot, though, so I'm including it because Lydia looks adorable.
You get a nice detail of the Baptismal font - one of the nicer ones I've seen. All marble with beautiful sculpting. I admit to being a fan. *Grin*
Here we have Fr. Matt blessing the rosary and Bible I sent Lydia. She's wearing her Miraculous Medal already, but I'm sure he blessed that at some point as well. I love that she, herself, brought up the items for him to bless.
I also love that she's patiently waiting for him to return them to her, probably wondering if they were different in any way now that he had prayed over them. Ha ha ha ha. I love this little girl like nothing else!
Annnd, for my grand finale, the two Princesses of the Church - mom and daughter. I can't help but feel my heart explode a little from all the warm fuzzies in this picture. I love when Lydia squishes her face like that when she's hugging someone close. When she does it to me, I could stay glued like that - happily - forever. :)
Send a prayer of thanksgiving and blessing their way. It is truly a joyous, joyous time for them, and for me who gets to cheerlead from the sidelines!
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