Monday, September 28, 2015

Finn Ryan's Baptism

A little over a week ago, Finn was finally baptized.  For awhile we were undecided on where to do it... back home where all our family could attend, or a small private ceremony with just the godparents in Utah.  Well when you pick some of your closest friends to be the Godparents, an epic weekend together in Salt Lake City wins out!  
 
 
Our friends TJ & Erin live in San Diego; but, we try to get together about once a year.  They have the sweetest little girl (Madison) just a year younger than Liam & another one the way (exciting news we received that weekend!).  Our vacations together have changed drastically since our pre-children days; yet, they still seem to be filled with nearly endless cocktails & just as many laughs.  Perhaps bedtime just comes along a bit sooner.  Back when choosing Godparents for Liam, Conor & decided to give the honor to friends outside of the family.  Being an aunt or uncle already comes with it's own special relationship, so we love to create another bond with those that are close to us.  I have no doubt that TJ & Erin will be a wonderful influence and a great support throughout Finn's life!  
 

We scheduled his baptism for 10am on a Saturday which may have been a poor choice. We tried to sneak in a trip to the waffle truck beforehand and then assumed we would still have plenty of time to ready two toddlers and the little prince himself. Spoiler alert: we did not! Liam was refusing to put on a shirt while I attempted to squeeze Finn into his baptismal gown.  This gown was worn by my dad, myself, & now my boys.  It has become a family heirloom.  I cannot wait to keep passing it on down.  It's absolutely beautiful; Finn looked so regal in it!  Anywhoo, we were nearly 10 minutes, and I was so worried the Deacon wouldn't think we were taking the event seriously.  Luckily, our Deacon got caught up in a weekend project and was extremely late himself.  Phew!  We used our extra time to take pictures while everyone was happy & fit in one last nursing session to ensure a happy baby!



The ceremony was wonderful.  Finn was perfectly content and actually enjoyed the water.  I was slightly worried about not having another adult on hand that was not involved to help keep the toddlers in order, but there were no big issues.  Liam & Madison ran around & chatted constantly just as you would expect little toddlers to do, but our Deacon was very sweet about the whole thing.  He told us to let them be children.  I loved his relaxed approach and felt much at ease during the baptism. 

 
 
The rest of the weekend we celebrated our sweet little boy with some beers at Oktoberfest at Snowbird (round 1 of many, I am sure) & a trip the farmer's market the following morning.  The friendship between Liam & Madison is ever growing.  Those two were adorable to watch all weekend!  I look forward to many family vacations together in the future.  Cheers to such a wonderful weekend with friends & such a beautiful welcoming of Finn into the Catholic Church! 
 

19 comments :

  1. So, so sweet! And Finn is such a little stud! :)

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  2. I love that you did a simple ceremony with just the godparents. I feel like some people I know do the baptism just for the lavish party and not for the actual baptism. I also love his baptismal gown!

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  3. Beautiful ceremony and gorgeous photos! Congratulations to Finn and your family!

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  4. what a special weekend! Laid back, fun and so meaningful!! You all look great, as always!!

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  5. What a beautiful gown! Very sweet ceremony with your friends. Godparents are such special people!

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  6. Such a sweet ceremony. I love the intimate atmosphere. Liam and your hubby in their matching checkered shirts are too cute. :)

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  7. Oh how sweet. Welcome to the Lord's family, sweet lil Finn!!! Your pictures are fabulous, lady! I'm glad everything worked out!

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  8. Such a beautiful Sacrament! Welcome to the Church, Finn!

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  9. How nice that it was so intimate and special- sometimes when so many people are involved it becomes stressful!

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  10. So happy for Finn and your family! It looks like it was the perfect weekend! Love that the gown has been passed down through the generations - that makes it even more special.

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  11. What a special day and weekend with friends. That is so neat to have that beautiful gown, passed down through generations. Congratulations again!! :)

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  12. Such a perfect weekend! Connor & TJ look like they are great friends! Stunning gown and love that it is an heirloom! So very special!

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  13. <3 Finn is too stinking adorable!! Looks like a lovely weekend!

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  14. Love the gown...my kids were also baptized in the gown I wore when I was baptized and my sisters both wore it as well. That makes it so special! Can't wait to see lots more babies wear that gown in the years to come! :) Also love the attitude of your Deacon towards the kids.

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  15. Such a beautiful gown, I can't believe it's been worn so many times, it looks brand new. And I'm so glad that the ceremony went on without any issues or problems. Liam and Madison are adorable. I like the fact that you looked outside of the family for godparents, it's nice to give someone the honor of being godparents, because it means so much.

    liz jo @ sundays with sophie

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  16. What a special weekend! I love that you chose to have a small, intimate baptism with just your family and his god parents. Sounds like it was the perfect choice. And I know your friends were honored to be there.

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  17. I love that you're using your father's and yours baptismal gown! That's such a sweet way to bring a little extra love and tradition to it!

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  18. This is so sweet! I love his baptismal gown. And how special that it has been passed down through your family, love that!

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