Elma Family Kitty Milestones Photography Pip

A Welcome

14/01/2015

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

At 7am on Sunday morning I was stood in my kitchen, still in pyjamas but with an apron on top and wielding the bread knife while I made near enough to 50 sandwiches. The girls were sat next door in an oddly emptied and slightly rearranged lounge eating their breakfast while Pip sat in his chair and wondered at all these odd goings on. In fact if you had come past our house you’d have been put to work pouring out crisps and nibbles and trying to find our serving plates. We laid out plates and glasses and more nibbles, and then some more nibbles just to be sure, and as family started to arrive we wiped the traces of jam from Elma’s chin and dressed the girls up in their best, hopped in and out of the shower, and finally, when everything else was ready, and almost everyone had left the house, H and I woke a slightly sleepy little Pip, dressed him in the gown worn by his aunt, father, uncle and sisters before him and took him down the hill to church to celebrate this very special of days, when he was formally welcomed into his church family with his baptism (the informal welcome having started about half an hour after we put a blue balloon in our front garden to announce his arrival which was duly spotted by our neighbours, who phoned the vicar, who came round to hear all about it and claim a cuddle!).

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s hard to put into words how very special a moment it is.  Right from the first moment that we arrived in our village we have felt so very welcomed and so very much part of our church, and our children have been loved and cherished in their turn, it’s not as if they’ve all been ignoring Pip or acting as if he doesn’t count until he’s baptised.  I think the only way I can put it is to say that the moment and the service of baptism gave us the chance to give thanks for the very great privilege of being Pip’s parents, and to share that joy with family and friends, and it was also a moment for our church family and our family and friends to shout out to the world their love for Pip, their hopes and prayers for his future, and the support freely given to our little family.  It’s always there in abundance but I think we both felt especially upheld.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And then we all piled back to our house to demolish the mountain of sandwiches and toast our little boy in bubbles, and the most amazing christening cake made by my sister (the smudgy bits are where his real name was)

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

He himself sat and stared, and wiggled little rainbow-clad toes (Elma’s handmedown Slugs & Snails being the perfect thing to keep him toasty warm during church).  During the service he gave H a funny look as the first shell of water was poured over his head but by the second he was ready with a beaming smile and when this lovely new water game stopped after the third I think he was a bit sorry to see it go, and once we were back home he was more than happy to be cuddled and love and kissed and tickled,

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

 

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

until he decided that it was time for a little snooze and drifted off to sleep in his Godmummy’s arms whereupon he spent the rest of the afternoon blissfully slumbering in a variety of arms.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

And the girls loved having all the family and their favourite church friends around them; they sipped lemonade from champagne flutes, played with their kitchen and at the end of the afternoon pulled out the Duplo to create the most enormous castle ever yet attempted

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

(at least we’re going to claim it was the children!)

while their small cousin managed get not one, not two, but five different renditions of “Tiger Tea!” (The Tiger Who Came to Tea), proving that he is both incredibly cute and very persuasive!

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It felt like a celebration that was perfectly us; relaxed and happy and full of family and friends, and at the heart of it, one very very special young man whom we adore.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

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  • Kimberly 14/01/2015 at 8:01 am

    Oh, what a beautiful day full of wonderful memories. Pip sure looks handsome all dressed up.

    • Carie 14/01/2015 at 10:50 pm

      thank you – it was really lovely 🙂

  • Yanic 14/01/2015 at 11:54 am

    What a beautiful day and what precious moments to capture.
    And so good to see your smiling face mama, you look radiant!

    • Carie 14/01/2015 at 10:51 pm

      Aww thank you very much 🙂

  • sally 14/01/2015 at 1:43 pm

    What a perfect day, and such lovely photos. I can definitely see some strong family resemblances in some of those faces there!

    • Carie 14/01/2015 at 10:52 pm

      Oh definitely – all the children look like their fathers – from my three that look like H, my nephew who looks like my BIL and I look like my Dad too!

  • Donna 14/01/2015 at 4:50 pm

    Oh it looks like you had such a lovely day – what a wonderful celebration for you all and gorgeous Pip! x

    • Carie 14/01/2015 at 10:52 pm

      It was truly lovely thank you 🙂

  • Another Bun 14/01/2015 at 8:57 pm

    Aaah such lovely photos – a christening is always a special occassion x

    • Carie 14/01/2015 at 10:53 pm

      It’s definitely one of my favourite ‘high days’ 🙂

  • susan 15/01/2015 at 4:08 am

    What a beautiful celebration – lots of very happy faces and a very fine Pip in that lovely gown. It looks like a very special day.

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 6:53 am

      Thank you it really was 🙂

  • Mandycharlie 15/01/2015 at 4:46 am

    How wonderful.

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 6:58 am

      It was a lot of fun 🙂

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely 15/01/2015 at 8:51 pm

    Oh Carie, it sounds like a marvellous day. And that last photograph of you is stunning. You look so incredibly happy. A family of five obviously suits you. What an absolutely lovely post. You always write so wonderfully well that I feel like I am right there with you x

    • Carie 15/01/2015 at 9:42 pm

      Five does feel very comfortable it’s true – and thank you for the compliment, I’m glad you enjoy reading 🙂

  • Katie @mummydaddyme 18/01/2015 at 12:51 am

    What a gorgeously happy day full of memories Carie- loved looking at all the photos. x

    • Carie 18/01/2015 at 10:35 pm

      thank you 🙂