Friday, April 11, 2014

Olivia Mae, Child of God

Olivia’s baptism was a very special day for our family. Nana, Pops and Uncle Vinny came down for the weekend to celebrate Olivia. We chose Uncle Vinny to be Olivia’s godfather - what a lucky girl! Vince loves his family and friends, he is an honest and loyal business man and a hard worker. He is smart and successful, but still sure knows how to have a good time. He is genuine, kind and generous. He loves our girls and always has a smile and a hug when we see him after way too long. We know our girls have a lot to learn from their sweet uncle.

Olivia’s baptism ceremony was beautiful. She was baptized in water from the Jordan River, which Charlotte got to help pour! JaJa provided beautiful pink roses for the altar. Livi was an angel during the ceremony and even happily went with Pastor Laura to walk through her new church community. Mama was teary-eyed for much of the service, it was just such a joyous day to welcome Olivia to her family and church who promise to help her grow in her faith. At one point in the ceremony, Olivia looked up and pointed to the ceiling of the church. It made my heart skip a beat, like she really understood. I didn’t think anyone else noticed until an older lady told me after church that she cried when Livi pointed up to God.

We had a delicious brunch afterward at our house, and Nana bought Olivia a beautiful cake. Kari and Holland came to join us for brunch. Olivia received some beautiful gifts – including a rosary and cross from Nana’s trip to Lourdes, France, some favorite bible stories from the Black's and a cross jewelry box from JaJa and Papaw. We are so thankful for everyone who helped us to celebrate Olivia’s day.

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