This past Saturday was Taylor Miriam’s dedication service, also known as a christening. During this ceremony, parents make a commitment to raise their child in accordance with their spiritual beliefs, announce godparents, and thank God for their little blessing. We did just that in a very intimate ceremony at our home. Our guest included Taylor’s grandparents, uncles, aunts, and two close cousins. The day was very special, and by my account “just perfect.”
A lot of preparation went into this day, I purchased white carnations, lilies, and daisies to arrange around our home. I constructed and prepared a menu to accommodate our families and their varied taste buds. The menu consisted of pulled pork, fried chicken, red beans and rice, loaded mashed potatoes, roasted vegetables with cheese, and salad, most of which was prepared by me. I took care to arrange an area of our home for all to gather for their ceremony, as well as a place for guest to sign Taylor’s guestbook. Though planning and preparing such a special occasion is a daunting task, I did it gladly for my daughter, so that years from now she could see how special she is to us.
Taylor wore the christening gown that was made for me by my maternal grandmother. The long gown is trimmed with eyelet lace and adorned with a matching bonnet. My mother added an extra row of floral lace, as well as clusters of pearls that trimmed the bonnet and added detail to the bib of her gown. The burp cloth that we used that day was also a second generation accessory purchased for my christening by my paternal grandmother. It was such a special moment seeing my daughter dressed for the occasion. My mother and I both cried after we dressed her, along with Taylor who did not like wearing a bonnet.
Special moments like these seem to come and go. I can hardly believe that this Tuesday, Taylor will be seven weeks old. Though we take many pictures of our little one, sometimes daily, capturing and keeping these moments is an impossible task. The old adage is true: Enjoy them while you can.