Friday, June 19, 2009

Claudia's Christening

snoozing before the show
the beautiful Christening gown,
made of dupioni silk... gorgeous!
Claudia smiling at Great Grandma McLendon
getting a snack at the Christening
Claudia waving to the camera...
four generations of McLendons!
proud Mama & Daddy...
oops, CC's bonnet is covering her little eyes.
Sorry Bop!
Aunt Jerelyn serving up the punch
yaaaawwwn!
Grandaddy & Mama Kate inspecting the Bop
Aunt Ginger & Aunt Jerelyn witnessing the Baptismal Certificate
Mama Kate admiring beautiful Claudia
Memaw holding CC
closeup of the sleeping princess...
look at the beautiful bracelet from Mama Kate & Grandaddy
Aunt Gin, cousin Blair & Russell with Claudia
Aunt Daina, Russell & CC
Cousins Karen & Katie with Claudia
proud papa
Cousin Karen & Aunt Lisa admiring CC
Cousin Karen & Claudia... still snoozing!
Uncle Otis!!
proud parents
Christening the Bop

On June 19, 2010 Claudia had her Christening at the Oak Ridge United Methodist Church in Oak Ridge, Louisiana. I'll blog all about the rest of the weekend later, but this post is reserved for discussion of the beautiful Christening and reception we had for our beautiful baby girl. All the McLendons were there for the celebration... Great Grandpa and Great Grandma McLendon, Grandaddy & Mama Kate, Aunt Jerelyn, Aunt Ginger & Uncle Jimmy. There were lots of Harps there too... Aunt Daina, cousin Karen, Katie, Claudia's favorite new friend, Briley, Uncle James, Aunt Lisa, cousins Dillon & Drake. Memaw also made it in from Shreveport! We were joined by lots more friends and family and had a fabulous day.

Aunt Jerelyn did all of the beautiful flower arrangements and Aunt Ginger and Uncle Jimmy helped serve all of the wonderful foods and the beautiful cake. The little Bop received the most beautiful gifts, including a little white Bible, engraved with her name, from Great Grandpa and Great Grandma, a beautiful pearl bracelet with a silver cross on it and also a little gold cross ring from Mama Kate and Grandaddy, a sterling silver paci clip from Mama Kate's sister, Mary, who owns a beautiful antique store in Monroe, a sterling silver Christening cup from Aunt Daina, engraved with Claudia's initials and her Christening date, and lots, lots more beautiful things.

The most beautiful gifts were several blankets that Aunt Daina and Aunt Lisa had saved. The blankets were made by Russell's mother, Linda, who passed away when Russell was a little boy. She was a beautiful, caring woman who made blankets for all the babies she loved. Giving Claudia these blankets is like giving a little piece of Grandma Linda to Claudia. She can hold and love those blankets and know that Grandma Linda stitched each with love and attention.

The Christening was beautiful. The sermon, held on Father's Day (Russell's first) was about being a good father. I think Russell really enjoyed it. The music was also great and we were treated to a soloist and very talented organist. The whole day was very special and I thank the McLendons so much for planning such a beautiful day for our beautiful baby girl.

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