Simon’s Baptism

posted by Andrea | 05/14/2014

simon's baptism

Simon was baptized this past Sunday, Mother’s Day.

It was a lovely day, the weather cooperated, Simon cooperated, and Nora did the best she could for being 2 :)

Almost all our immediate family members were able to make it to the church service… and I was thrilled to get my mom, Dave’s mom, and my grandma to sing with me following the baptism.

This quartet was actually an idea I had back when Nora was baptized, but I was WAY too stressed out with life back then to even think about adding anything extra to my plate.

So when we were given a “March 4″ due date, I thought it would be nice to do a Mother’s Day baptism and that THIS time, the mother, grandmothers, and great-grandmother would sing. I almost chickened out again, but I’m so glad I followed through.

My mom re-wrote the music (Children Of The Heavenly Father) so it was a full 4-part harmony at times… it sounded really nice.

After church, we had our family over to our house for a yummy brunch.

(The MENU: http://andreadekker.com/bacon-wrapped-sausage-bites/, fruit salad, cinnamon rolls from Dave’s mom, blueberry muffins, banana chocolate chip muffins, and an egg dish… I’ll be sharing that recipe next week.)

We did not go hungry!

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Oh, and did you notice Simon’s little outfit? It’s made out of the fabric from my wedding dress!

This was the last project on my “to-do before baby list” and although I didn’t finish it before he was born, I did finish it over a week before the baptism (so not too bad!)

I was a little intimidated by this project because I rarely ever sew from a pattern (I usually just “wing it”). However, after putting a little pressure on myself to get started, I made the shorts one night after the kids were in bed, and then the vest the next night.

Looking back, I’m actually glad I didn’t make the outfit before he was born because I think I would have made it too big. After I cut the pieces out for the 3 month size, I held them up to Simon and they were HUGE HUGE HUGE.

Although he’s currently wearing mostly 6 months clothes, in the 90% for height, and the 75% for weight, I actually used the newborn pattern for this outfit. Crazy!

There are a few places where I messed up and had to go back and fix it — but I was really pleased with how quick this sewing project was and that it actually looked pretty cute. Although I’m sure it doesn’t hurt to have a cute model :)

I borrowed the adorable hat from my neighbor friend (Rochelle with the amazing chocolate chip cookies) and I feel like it just completed the outfit. Thanks Rochelle!

It was such a nice day.

I’m so glad we were able to celebrate with our families and that I was finally able to make something with the fabric from my wedding dress (there’s plenty more fabric for other projects too!)

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13 comments

  1. Paulette Smith

    05/14/2014

    Wow! You did a great job on Simon’s baptismal outfit for someone who usually just “wings it!” So cute…but the model is much cuter. Thanks for sharing the special event with us, Andrea.

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  2. CJ

    05/14/2014

    I love that you made his baptismal outfit from your wedding dress. So many ladies hold on to their wedding dress, just in case they can pass it down or hold on to it for sentimental reasons but usually the dress just ends up taking a lot of space up in storage and sometimes completely forgotten about but the fact that you were able to use your wedding dress for Simon’s baptismal outfit is so precious. I think most of us moms keep our children’s baptismal outfits because they mean so much to us and the fact that it was made from your wedding dress (by you) will just give the outfit that much more meaning. Nicely done!

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  3. lydia @ Five4FiveMeals

    05/14/2014

    You made the outfit. You cooked brunch. And you organized a quartet. Fluff up your cape because today you get the supermom award. I am impressed with the baptismal outfit! I can’t sew a straight line to make curtains.

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    stephanie Reply:

    I was thinking the same thing!! Way to go, Andrea!

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  4. Rose

    05/14/2014

    Congrats & God Bless your family….Love your set up for the brunch. I always seem to put extra stress when I have company over (My youngest son is severely handicapped–so you can imagine) and I want to do a super nice job with the food and making sure everything is perfect, but, with life being crazy, I get a little nuts and then don’t host as often as I’d like. With your brunch set up, looks easy to prepare in advance& very yummy.

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  5. Kristen @ Joyfullythriving

    05/14/2014

    Oh, I love the hymn, “Children of the Heavenly Father.” I think there should always be special music for a baptism. Since I’m the music teacher at school, I taught my school children a baptismal hymn called “God’s Own Child I Gladly Say It”. They sang it for Nathan’s baptism on Palm Sunday. Happy baptism day, Simon! What a wonderfully special day!

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  6. Debbie

    05/14/2014

    Great job on everything! That brunch menu looks great and seems easily doable….except for the cinnamon rolls. Just curious how your wedding dress looked like before and now after. Can you post a picture of that?

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Debbie — the cinnamon rolls aren’t hard either. They are from frozen bread dough and absolutely amazing!
    Here is a post that shows my wedding dress before. It was very simple — no lace or beads, so it was pretty easy to use the fabric for Simon’s outfit :)

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  7. Kiescha

    05/14/2014

    Awesome job on Simon’s clothes and the food looks delicious!

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  8. Linda R.

    05/15/2014

    Your family photo was lovely! Simon and Nora look like angels!! I glad everything turned out fine for all of you. God Bless your precious family!

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  9. Danielle

    05/15/2014

    This port made me teary! When you mentioned wanting to making his outfit even after he was born I was hoping you would get it done… but, babies are so time consuming and unpredictable. I am SO happy for you!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Danielle, I was a little nervous about waiting until after he was born — but it really was best since I could “fit it for size” after he was born. I’m glad I made the time to get it done — that’s for sure!

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  10. Jane

    05/15/2014

    You did a great job! The outfit and Simon and Nora are adorable!

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