Monday, September 28, 2009

Welcoming Meg

Ever since Meg was born I have said that if I could I would climb to the top of Mt. Olympus (the one here in Utah), and hold her out "Lion King" style to show her off. This weekend we did the next best thing, and had her christening. We invited all of our friends and family, and, of course, got Meg a completely ridiculously cute dress to wear.

She had some ridiculously cute shoes too... which she tried to kick off every two minutes.

It was really overwhelming how many people came out to help us officially welcome our girl. Ryan and I had stood outside welcoming people as they came in, so we didn't see the church fill up. When we walked in and saw almost all the pews were filled I was so overcome with gratitude and love I was rendered speechless -- and I think we all know how rarely that happens.

The feeling in the church was just one of such intense joy. People who knew what we had gone through to get to this point, and even those who didn't, came together to celebrate this wondrous thing that has happened. This beautiful little girl who has come into our lives. Tara and Kent even flew out from California to serve as her Godparents.

I don't think they realize this means they have to pay for college.

Meg took the ceremony in stride. She loved seeing all of the different faces, and all of the kids who had come to watch. The light shining through the stained glass really caught her eye. And when it was time for the actual baptism she only squawked for a second.
And then she was comforted by her Dad...

The christening was held in the same chapel where we were married, and, just like with that service, at the end we walked up the aisle greeting our guests. When I walked up the aisle at our wedding I didn't see any faces, just a blur. This time though, I saw every face, and I heard every voice, including our friend Katie's daughter Ashlyn asking "why did they wash baby Meg's hair?" I soaked it all in, so one day I can tell Meg all about it, and let her know that, from the moment she was born, she was welcomed and loved not only by us, and by her birth mother, but by a whole community.

We are so blessed.

19 comments:

Princess Consuela Bananahammock said...

*LOVE* her little outfit and shoes! I'm so glad that Meg's Christening turned out to be a fantastic experience. And blessing. :)

Chief said...

What a beautiful day! she looked adorable and sweet all in white! Congrats!

LB @Wait, She Said What? said...

Such a beautiful day for your family! We've obviously never met but yet my heart still bursts for you and your beautiful little girl.

BTW, you're one away from 100 followers and I think you should thank Meg for that. How could anyone not want to follow to see more of her adorable face?

C Lo said...

she's so pretty!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Le Meems said...

Meg is a cute name. What a wonderful story & the pictures are adorable. Congratulations.

Jules said...

How wonderful! I love the pictures! You have such a beautiful family!!!!!!!

Kristine said...

:)

Aunt Juicebox said...

Beautiful!

I used to work in a store that sold used children's clothing. Those dresses were a rarity, because apparently, most people buy them, use them, and return them to the store, complete with baby spit up. I hope you keep Meg's. lol

erin said...

So beautiful! Seems like you had a wonderful day.
Meg is really a delight!

*Akilah Sakai* said...

How sweet it is! Meg is looking so adorable.

Kelly said...

Such a beautiful family!

Summer said...

I love ridiculously cute baby girl shoes. I'm glad the day was so wonderful.

Yellow Trash Diaries said...

I could only be the "honorary godmother" for my best friend's first-born because I'm not Catholic. Or because she was scared I would pass out into the holy water.

Cate said...

The shoes made the outfit. She is a wonderful little person.

just making my way said...

A little veklempt over here! A beautiful memory for you guys. Those shoes definitely made the outfit!

Scribe said...

What a lovely experience for you and for Meg. I teared up just reading about it. Your family and friends have your backs (and Megs too). There's nothing like it.

In response to Kim (Yellow Trash Diaries), I couldn't be godmother to my neice and nephew because I wasn't Catholic and my brother didn't want to take the chance on lightning striking during the ceremony.

LuLu and Moxley's Mom said...

She is beautiful! Love the booties too.

kalibug said...

She looked so beautiful, and those shoes are the cutest shoes ever!

Leslie said...

Is it wrong that I see your family, and I got sniffly? You guys are a beautiful bunch, and Meg looks quite lucky to have you guys and vice versa. *melts into a puddle*