Friday, May 04, 2007

So Blessed!

Our sweet baby girl was baptized this past Sunday. It was the perfect day. The sun was shining, the weather was warm and we were surrounded by so many loving friends and family. We could not have asked for more.

The festivities started the Wednesday prior when my Aunt Sue flew in from California to be a part of this special occasion and to spend some time with her Great Niece. And that she did. They were able to spend quite a bit of quality time together over the course of the weekend. Sue was worried that Livie would not like her, as she can be picky about "her people". But that was not an issue at all. Olivia immediately took to her Aunt Sue Sue and they hit it off. For some reason Livie was fascinated with Sue's nose so she spent lots of time trying to grab it off of her face...

My Grandmother and Uncle also came into town from Michigan to spend time with Olivia. It was a fun filled weekend that concluded on Sunday with the baptism. Livie's Nana (my Mom) bought her the beautiful white dress for the special occasion. I had no idea how pretty she would look in it. I know I am biased since I am her mother, but she took my breath away!

She did very well during the church service, not making a single sound until the water was poured on her head. At that point she made her presence known. But it was also time for her morning nap, so crankiness was setting in. But she was a trooper and made it through with flying colors! It was such a special moment! And we are so lucky to have such wonderful Godparents for our little Olivia. Our close friends Korrie and Tom have agreed to take on this important role and we are so grateful to them!

Following the service we headed back to my mother's house for a celebration luncheon. Both my Aunt and my Mom worked very hard on all of the preparations and it was amazing! The food was wonderful and I think our guests really enjoyed themselves. Because Livie was so exhausted from her busy morning she took a nice long nap while the grown-ups ate and socialized. It was perfect timing.

After waking up from a long nap those who were not at the baptism were anxious to see Olivia in her pretty dress. Since it was such a beautiful day we went outdoors to take some pictures in the sunshine. With everyone watching she switched into diva mode and starting smiling for the camera.

The Proud Parents
Four Generations of Sculley Women
Olivia and Three of Her Cousins
A Blessing From God!
I knew that Olivia's baptism was going to be a special occasion for us. But we could not have imagined just how special. It gave me the opportunity to reflect on just how blessed Todd and I are to have this beautiful baby in our lives. It also allowed me to see how lucky we are to be surrounded by so many loving friends and family. Thank you for all of the wonderful gifts that were given to Olivia for her baptism and thank you to everyone who helped to make this day something we will remember always. God bless you baby girl!


Kim and John said...

OK, so I was doing real well reading this until I got to the last picture of Jess and Livie and I cried. So freaking cute. I am sad I missed it.

Anonymous said...

I am so happy I was able to be there to share in that special day. She is an amazing little girl and I so enjoyed getting to know her. I can't wait to see her again in June....Love and kisses
Aunt Sue Sue

Aunt Chris said...

It was definitely a beautiful day for a baptism. We have all been truly blessed by the arrival of Little Olivia. She is so precious. Many thanks to the chef's for the wonderful luncheon. The food and atmosphere was great!!!!

Anonymous said...

As you said it was a very special day. Olivia is so fortunate to have such a wonderful extended family, and such great friends. It is difficult to believe that she is 6 months old already! Before you know it we will be preparing her 1st birthday party!

Heather and Jason said...

I must say the day was perfect for Livie's baptism. Beautiful weather and an awesome lunch topped it off. I was so glad Jason and I could be there.