We had my nephew Samuel's Christening (Baptism) at church yesterday. He is almost 6 months old. I was in the delivery room when all five of my sister's kids were born and their Christenings have been almost as special as seeing them come into this world. It is a big day and a special tradition my family takes very seriously. It is always an emotional day because of what it means. We are so blessed with the children God has loaned us and they are the most important thing in the world to all of us. We know it is our job and responsibility to raise them according to His word and live the life He wants them to live.
Samuel is such a good baby. He only cries when he is hungry and he just smiles at everybody. It's a good thing for my sister he is so good, because with 5, he doesn't get as much of her time as he would have if he had been the first!
At the church service. My sister and brother in law grew up in that church. It is really special for them to have days like this, it is also the church they were married in, with such happy memories and history.
This is Donald who Samuel "Donald" is named after. He is my sister's godfather, but he is so special to all of us. He is technically our cousin, but only by genealogy. He is so much more than that. He is a sweet, sweet man that loves all these kids and he means so much to all of us. He spends a lot of time with all of the kids, talks to them about all kinds of things, and is a big part of helping us all raise them.
Amanda has always been really close to Donald and was really close to his mother, our great-great aunt.
Sydney and Samuel. She is so good with all of the kids. There's no telling how many she will have!
Me and Samuel. I promise he loves me! He was getting tired of being in his Christening gown, but he was getting hungry. That is the only time that sweet baby cries!
Me and Sadie. Right now she is my shadow. She clings to me and I love every minute of it!
Sadie's funny face. She has a really funny personality!
My mom and dad with Samuel.
Samuel in his Christening gown that was worn by his brothers and sisters.
It still amazes me how much my brother's daughter, Ella, looks like him!
The day is winding down. Sadie is wearing a box over her head and Macalister is ready to get out of his Sunday clothes, but it was blessed day and I am very thankful for it!