As many of you know, we are Eastern Orthodox.
Today our daughter was baptized at St. Demetrios Orthodox Church in Saco, ME and I
thought I’d share with you some moments from our special day. :-)
Catherine Irene’s patron saint is actually St Irene Chrysovalantou, which means that when she is baptized, ‘Irene’ (or ‘Ειρήνη/Eirini’ in Greek) becomes her Christian first name.
We really love St Catherine of Alexandria, too, and wanted her to also be a part of our daughter’s life.
Thus, she was baptized ‘Ειρήνη-Αικατερινα / Eirini-Aikaterina or Irene-Catherine.
Whew! I know. If you think that was long and complicated, you should try one of the services. ;-)
We love our church, though, and think it is incredibly rad.
|Max and Nikolia, one of Baby C’s new godsisters|
|Baby C gon’ get dunked!|
|Baby C seems far more relaxed about the whole thing than her godpapa. ;-)|
|Baby girl and her WONDERFUL godmother, Georgia :-)|
|Gettin’ ready with Nanny!|
|She was smiling and cooing and laughing at Fr Basil the entire time.
It was splendid. She is a pretty rad chica, that Baby C.
Or a pretty rad κορίτσι, I should say.
|Still smiling away as she goes into the water|
|Cool as a cucumber.
(Seriously, she did NOT CRY AT ALL during the entire thing. She was so peaceful.
Not that I should be surprised – that’s how she rolls pretty much all of the time!)
|Big smile for Nouna|
|“Well THAT was different!”|
|Oily oily oily. Oily. Oily. (Doesn’t look like a real word anymore now, does it!)
Oily oily oily oily oily oily oily oily oily oily.
Now say it five times fast.
|“HEY! You with the scissors! What do you think you’re doing with my, like, three hairs??”|
|Ready to part-ay.|
|“I’m getting hungry and no one seems to be feeding me… maybe I’ll just gnaw on this dress.”
Nom nom nom.
|Eirini and her new godsister Kassiani
(She really does like her, I promise. Right now she’s just thinking “Why aren’t you feeding me? WHY ISN’T ANYBODY FEEDING ME???”)
|Aaaand… zonk. Again. Post-nursies, at last.|
|Big happy family…|
|And bigger happy family!|
Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to join us and help us on this blessed day.
You guys ROCK. Hard.
Also, church folks in Idaho: We miss you tremendously. Wish you’d been here!