What a joyful day this was!  Our two older grandchildren, seven year old Robert and eight year old Laurel, were baptized.


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Cousin Alastair, 4, loves a photo opportunity so he stepped up to be included.


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Laurel’s Swiss batiste dress was The Lace Dress  from GingerSnaps.   You can see that the dress looks much prettier on a child than on this adult size hanger.  The way the under collar drapes over the shoulder is so becoming to a little girl.




The machine embroidered blue bow and gold  trinity symbol embellish the Swiss organdy collar.  Lavish amounts pinstitching and ivory English lace trim the dress.   I guess that’s why it’s called The Lace Dress.  I really love this pattern and all the GingerSnaps designs.




As Laurel was dressing for church, we discovered that the new white tights purchased for the occasion turned out to be leggings!  So she wore lace trimmed anklets which, I think, was a little bit of lace overdose.  But still she was precious.

Robert could not wait to wear his purchased white suit.  When he first tried it on, he stood on the stairs to see himself in the hall mirror.   Turning side to side he grinned.  “I look gooooood,” he crooned to no one but himself.  He’s quite the little clothes horse.


Our son and his beautiful family.

Our son and his beautiful family.


But clothes were not the focus of the day.  Before Christmas, the children witnessed an adult baptism.  On  the way home from church, Laurel declared that she wanted to be baptized.  We discussed the implications, ramifications and meaning of the ceremony and she was quietly certain and confidant that this is what she wanted.

Robert listed quietly, then asked,  “Can you declare Jesus as your Lord and Savior without all the water?”  He decided to pass.

A few weeks later, he said that he, too, would like to be baptized.  In order for the pastor  to determine whether or not they were mature enough for this sacrament, they were required to answer questions from the Presbyterian Book of Order.  Their answers were mature and well thought out.

We are so proud of Robert and Laurel and filled with gratitude for the prayers and support of our friends and church family.  It was a joyous day, indeed!



9 responses to “Baptism

  1. They both look goooood! But more importantly, what a blessing it is when children come to the Lord in faith! Praise Him from whom all blessings flow!

  2. What a wonderful weekend for your family! Such a blessing to see young children accept Jesus as their Lord and Savior.

    Robert looks like Mr. GQ in his white suit. Laurel looks beautiful in her Lace Dress. Great job, Nana!

  3. They look as beautiful in their special baptismal attire as they are on the inside. May the Lord bless them and keep them and be gracious unto them.

  4. So pleased for your entire family – both children are so mature and responsible for taking such a large steps in their young lives. Congrads to all concerned…. and Yes, Nana the dress is truely a ‘stunner’ and worth all the work. Robert and Laurel are both beautiful children – inside and out!! Blessings to you all from NZ.

  5. How wonderful! They look so lovely! Wel done with the clothes!
    greetings,marjolein from the netherlands

  6. Thank you, All, for sharing our joy. It was a meaningful, memorable occasion. We have an audio recording of the service which we plan to play for the children this week and then on the anniversary of their baptism in order to remind them of their vows.

  7. Janice, What a sweet post. I am glad I didn’t miss this one. What could be more important than their Baptism, but I also so enjoy seeing Laurel in the beautiful dress you made and Robert in his purchased suit. I’m glad you shared this event!

  8. There is no joy quite like hearing grandchildren confidently expressing their belief in our Savior.

  9. Becky, that is so true. This is a joyful memory that will always remain fresh, because I recall it so often.

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