July 18, 2010

Christening Day...

Sunday was baby Liam's Christening day. Some of you asked to read at least some of what I wrote to him. I included a letter in the back pocket of the storage garment bag I made as a keepsake along with the ensemble. I decided to share an excerpt with you today.

Dear Liam:

My prayers for you are that you live in a world where people are still considerate of one another - especially, a place where elders are respected and children are cherished. My prayers for you are that you grow up to be a happy and healthy person who finds someone to love, marry, and with whom you can share a family and a long, happy life.

I pray that, when you make decisions in your life, you choose to follow a righteous path. Although it’s easy to do the wrong thing, it takes a strong will and determination to decide to do the right things. I know that your parents will do their best to raise you in the church to give you a strong moral foundation, and that they will surround you with people who will support your heart and mind in ways that are honest and good. When you are grown and make your own decisions, the voices of these people will be able to speak to you when you’re unsure of your path, and they will help guide you.

I hope that you are blessed, as I have been, to be able to watch four generations age together, and I’m hoping that I live long enough to see a fifth generation born before I must leave this world. I want you to know that I consider it a blessing and an honor to have been able to create this gown for you to wear as your life is blessed - as your parents ask God to watch and protect your spirit as much as they will endeavor to watch and protect your body.

I claimed a Bible verse to embroider into your slip as you are the first baby to wear it. Psalms 91: 11 reads: “For He hath given His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.”

This is my prayer for you, Liam. I wish it for all the babies that wear this gown. May God watch over you, bless you and keep you, now and always.

Love, Aunt Donna Liljegren

It's probably just as well that I wasn't in Minnesota yesterday. Watching my niece and her husband, standing beneath the same arbor that sheltered them as they exchanged their wedding vows - now sheltering them as my great-nephew was baptized in the gown I made for him. It would probably have had me bawling my eyes out.

I hope your Sunday was blessed, too.
In case you weren't here for the making of Liam's christening gown, here's the link to the photo album with captions to explain.

18 friends clicked here to leave a note for me:

te_roti said...

What a lovely letter Donna. If only those sentiments were bestowed upon all the earth's children. We would have a much happier place to live.

Liam looks gorgeous in his gown.



raggygirlvintage said...

Just beautiful Donna, all of it! What a special legacy to pass on.

Andi's English Attic said...

Everything was so special. How beautiful. xx

Lesley said...

What a lovely letter Donna, I'm sure Liam will treasure it always. You are such a sweet lady. Blessings my friend

Rebecca said...

Beautifully written my talented friend. Your note is a keepsake itself.

Blessings on Liam. Love his name.


Marsha (Sassy Mini Dolls) said...

What a beautiful letter, Donna, and what a gorgeous gown that will be handed down through the years and your love will live on through that gown!


Vintage Sandy said...

Beautifully written....a letter to be cherished always along with the beautiful gown to be worn by many generations to come. You have created a legacy for many to enjoy!

MosaicMagpie said...

I'm not there and I am crying. What a beautiful letter and scripture you claimed for Liam. What a blessed, well loved child.
Thank you for sharing.

Lady Farmer said...

Amen to what all the previous ladies have said!
And I am bawling my eyes out!
Be Blessed!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

Donna, the picture of this sweet young family is just beautiful. Your letter is so heartfelt and warm. They are all so lucky to have you as their aunt. Have a wonderful day! Twyla

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

I don't know what is more precious, that gown or that amazing letter!!!

Oh Donna....you continue to impress and amaze me!

Love ya!

Shanna Brooks said...

Lovely gown! I am a new follower and a new member of the Bloggerette Society. I am making my rounds to "meet" all of the lovely ladies in the society. I would love for you to visit me @ www.mommiesandbeyond.com

The French Bear said...

Beautiful and so lovely, especially the letter. I am always touched by how thoughtful and creative you are!
I am working on that pleater..... think of the gorgeous smocked gowns!

Createology said...

Your lovely letter to little Liam is so very precious. It is truly a part of the treasured heirloom gown you have made so generously with your own hands. You are a most loving aunt. Happy creating...

DeeDee said...

Just beautiful and a special treasure...he will remember for always...thanks to you Donna...

your a treasure to your family..

Whimsey Creations said...

A beautiful letter and a simply gorgeous christening gown!

Michelle Palmer said...

Your words, your art, your love... just beautiful!
Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Beedeebabee said...

Donna, Your note was sooo beautiful! Baby Liam looked like a perfect little doll in your gorgeous gown. They are so lucky to have such a special auntie! xo Paulette ;)


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