Earlier today, Fiona Kate was baptized at All Saints Episcopal Church in downtown Atlanta. All Saints is a beautiful old Episcopal church dating back to 1901 and located in the heart of downtown at the corner of W. Peachtree and North Avenue, right next to the infamous Varsity of long time Atlanta tourism fame. In fact, the Varsity actually sanctions overflow parking for Sunday services, no doubt out of penance for poisoning the arteries of Georgia Tech students for decades…
The day was extra special as Eliza’s younger sister April and her boyfriend Johan were able to join us, up from their new home in Florida. Today is also the birthday of Grandma Joyce Isham who was with us in spirit from my childhood home in Massachusetts (we missed you Mom and Dad!). In fact, we were blessed by lots of support from the entire Underwood family and our close friends Sam and Brandon with their “barely older than Fiona” son Andrew.
Fiona of course looked cute as heck in her new baptism dress, her very first dress. She also was wearing her very first “bling” in the form of twin bracelets courtesy of Grandma Underwood and longtime friend Bonnie Skutch.
The ceremony went very smoothly, with godparents Stephanie and Shyler Edwards-Underwood standing beside myself and Eliza in front of the baptismal font. Our niece Laurel also joined her moms to help out…after some very impressive baptismal flag carrying at the start of the service.
We weren’t allowed to take pictures during the ceremony, which adds a level of respect I think. Fiona was well behaved, though, and was held up by the minister and paraded up and down the aisle to smiles and lots of silly baby faces after the baptismal completed. We were also fortunate in that Fiona was the only child being baptized in today’s service, so she had a crowd of 300 swooning adults all to herself.
On the hearing front, we decided to leave off her hearing aids for the service today to provide one less complication to the festivities. We also didn’t want to run the risk of feedback spoiling the ceremony, not that anyone would have ever complained.
As the organ played, we were curious still if she would hear some of the deep bass sounds. Quite possible, but with all the distractions we weren’t quite sure.
After the service wrapped up, we were able to take some pictures. Here are a few for your viewing enjoyment. (Courtesy of April, thanks!).
All in all was a nice service, and of course ended later with a growler of a fine IPA beer back at the house. Always a good way to end a day.
Thanks all for your support today, both in presence and in spirit.