My sweet little goddaughter was baptized yesterday! It was a beautiful day and I am SO honored to be a part of Sophie’s life in this way. Eric & Erica were some of the first friends Andrew and I made when we moved to Milwaukee – while it doesn’t seem like we’ve lived here that long, it also feels like the four of us were completely different people when we met back then!
Sophie’s baptism was really lovely – she pulled the usual newborn trick and fussed while in front, but thankfully Erica and I had discussed this in advance – I had forgotten how urgent those newborn cries can seem and how quickly a person gets antsy when comforting them. Deep breaths. But Sophie worked it all out and by the time we got to the front of the church, she was peaceful. By the end of the service, she was back to her easy going self, happily hanging out with her auntie. Dylan, by the way, did a fantastic job as Big Brother. He got to give Sophie her baptism candle and he did Great!
Erica asked me to hold another special place in the service – along with Jeff & Laura (two of our church musicians), I got to sing. It was really awesome, if I do say so myself. Sometimes you just have a really good feeling, you know? Even if it wasn’t perfect – it was right. I loved her selection – it’s a piece by Sweet Honey In The Rock that we (and by we, I mean Jeff & Laura, who did an amazing job pulling out parts) adapted to our three voices from their six. The words are taken from Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
Beautiful, huh?! You can hear a recording of it here.
I even had fun at the reception in the church basement (and church basements are about my least favorite places to spend my time) catching up with great friends. Sophie is blessed with two godmothers and I couldn’t be happier to share this role with Kim – she is a really amazing person. I would completely trust her with my inner struggles – and already have, in fact – and I really hope that Sophie appreciates her wisdom and playfulness in years to come. Kim’s fiancé also won over Evelyn in a heartbeat – its not often you find men that are so comfortable with preschoolers. AND – talk about winning Evelyn over – Eric made a Four Tier Cake for this baptism. He just decided he wanted to and set about learning to make a cake. I got to try one of his “failure” rounds….which was delicious…..so I was really excited and it didn’t disappoint. I didn’t get a photo of it before it was devoured – all that was left was the top layer. AND, at the reception I visited with dear Helen – who felt strongly that nothing was really happening and it might be another week before Baby arrives. Hah. More on that later 🙂 Cap off the day with lunch at the Maharaja and Presto Bingo – a lovely day was had by all.
We have a saying with another set of friends – there is family, and there are friends, and then there are friends who are family. This week has been full of familial friendship. What a wonderful life, indeed.