You have been smiling your way into our hearts these past six months and it’s hard to remember what life was like before you were a part of our family. This past weekend was a really special one- you were baptized into the Catholic church. Now that the weekend is over and I’ve had some time to reflect, there are two things that stick out in my mind that I want us to remember.
“Be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead.” 1 Peter 1:6
This passage from the Bible was in a Baptism card from your Pop & Grandma and boy, did it stick with me. Seeing your cheery, relaxed, and smiley demeanor during your baptism was infectious. You were alert and wide eyed as we walked into the church for the processional, listened to the priest for the first part of the baptism, happily dozed off to sleep (and slept through) the holy water being poured on your head, and woke up in a jolly mood to process out of the church to conclude the baptism mass. It was truly a joyful occasion for you, our joyful baby boy.
This weekend was also a beautiful reminder that you are so loved, dear Jack. Our family is one that shows up and supports one another. This love manifests itself in so many ways…traveling to be a part of the baptism weekend, loving on you and your sister, holding you while you sleep in the middle of the party, spending one’s birthday weekend to come to your baptism, rockin’ a bowtie like your Daddy to show solidarity, sending a message to wish you a happy baptism day from near or far, continuing the tradition of marking a milestone with a Jefferson Cup, and most importantly, enjoying the time that we spend together. Family is so important and this family of ours is pretty darn awesome!
As we tell you every night before you go to sleep…”Jack, you are brave, kind, smart, and handsome on the inside and the out.” Continue to seek joy as you have in these past six months and remember, sweet boy, that you are loved by so many. You are going to do big things in this world and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for you.
I love you Jack Jack,