Etta's Baptism and Camille's Birthday

March 02, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Rachael

We this day do all agree a child of God you'll always be.

Etta, Etta, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you too.

We your family love you so, we vow to help your faith to grow.

Etta, Etta, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you too. 

We are here to say this day that we will help you on your way.

Etta, Etta, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you too. 

And if you should tire or cry then we will sing this lullaby.

Etta, Etta, God claims you, God helps you, protects you, and loves you too.

Music by Barry Landry (my godfather)

What a rough day! We were so excited about Etta's baptism and Camille's birthday party. I was ready, or so I thought. I got sick during the week and ended up in the ER late Saturday night. I had pneumonia! Really?! Good thing I went because another day and the doctor would have admitted me as inpatient. Thankfully they were able to pump me full of antibiotics, steroids, and breathing treatments so we could still have the baptism and party. I owe so many people so many thank you's. I had neighbors, friends, and family come to my rescue when I needed them all the most. Denis was working all day Saturday, so I had to get help from everyone else I could think of. I am so blessed. 

Sunday morning was a nasty, rainy morning. Our church is typically packed tight every Sunday. I advised family to arrive in plenty of time so we would all be able to sit during church. My sister, Carrie, had my 3 big kids. Denis and I only had to get ourselves and 2 kids ready. Who showed up in the nick of time? Us, of course. I didn't get my clothes or the baptismal gown ironed. Oh, and I showed up in flip flops (at least they were the right color). Thankfully my other family did arrive early AND church was not packed because of the rain. We were mostly able to sit together. I was winded just walking 5 feet that morning. I think God was looking out for me that morning by making it rain.

We were visiting after mass and didn't even realize the priest and other family baptizing a baby were waiting by the baptismal font for us. We all ran over so things could get started. I grabbed my camera, aimed at the baptismal font to test lighting, and handed it off to my sister so we could stand with Etta. Oops, I should have put the flash on and put it in program mode. My sister did great with what I gave her though. We were lucky to get so many decent photos when I messed up that badly. Half of the pictures have blown out highlights and the other half are covered in shadows across faces. It's hard being the mom, sick with pneumonia, and the photographer. That's my excuse and I'm sticking to it! 

 

Just look at these beautiful godparents and baby.

Here's our first attempt at a family photo since Etta was born. This is called real life people. Real life.

Party time! 

My kids took turns opening Etta's baptism gifts while I wore myself out taking pictures. 

My dad happened to go in my grandmother's house recently and came across this cat in her windowsill. He knew it was meant for our sweet Etta Cat!   Mam-maw Kitty gave a gift for Etta's baptism even though she couldn't be there in body. How special! 

Etta was showered with such loving, thoughtful gifts on her special day. 

Camille's turn!

Her first gift was clothes from Mimi. She had to put them ALL on right away! 

Happy Birthday to you! Happy Birthday to you! 

She was such a ham. Her face lit up with excitement when she realized we were all singing to her! 


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