Her godparents were a mix of Buddhist and Catholic...and her parents were a mix of Catholic and Mormon (I was baptized Mormon but no longer practice), but we all gathered on a partly cloudy day at St. Clement's, an Episcopal church just down the road from our home, and we all promised to God that we would take care of this amazing little girl that has blessed our lives. I started this blog three years ago saying that family comes from everywhere...and it's true. The evolution of all our lives, as parents, godparents, surrogates, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, cousins, grandparents and close friends, crystalized on this special day to celebrate Cristina Lei. About 30 of our family and friends witnessed the baptism and we couldn't have been happier.
As our surrogate said, the family and community part of coming to church is one of the best parts...and I agree. Here are some photos to capture the day.
Godparents Todd and Kay, Me and a sleepy Cristina, Reverand Liz and Bill
My cousin's husband, Mal, and my older brother, Matt
Nephews Balen and Aidan, and Niece Mariah
(they all were very good throughout the service, especially B&A)
My older brother, Scott, giving Cristina some love.
A little blessing...
She's still trying to make sense of it :-)
Mal, Tressa, Nohea, Kaula and her BF, and my cousin Linda
My oldest brother, Mark, gave me our grandfather's bible, which was handed down to our mother, and then to our family. Very special gift!
Super close friend and God father Todd
A little party after the baptism...lots of smiles
Incredibly grateful, especially at this time during Thanksgiving, for our awesome blessings.