Friday, September 27, 2013

Welcome Aboard

Last weekend Bill and I became Godparents to this little cutie.  Meet Eric William:

Bill's brother Mike and his wife Amy are the proud parents.

And that's not all.....Meet Eric's brother Jason Patrick:

In this picture with us is Bill's sister Kate and her husband Steve - Jason's Godparents. 

Here are the happy parents with Gran and Gramps.

Mike and Amy also have little boy Michael who is 2 1/2 years old.
Needless to say,  Amy and Mike are quite busy with their crew!

I don't know how she does it, but she does it with style and grace.

Uncle John was the officiate.  He also happens to be Mike's Godfather.

This is the matriarch and proud great-grand mom, Mom-Mom.

Looking at her during the baptism was what started the tears welling up in my eyes.

~The woman who had 8 children.  I wondered what she was thinking.  I watched in awe thinking about the years of wisdom she has.  I thought of how proud she must be in seeing her family grow and watching her son, a priest, baptize another member of the Catholic Church.

~I thought about my sister in law, Kate as we became godmothers together for these twins.  We became parents ourselves within a year of each other and had many conversations about new motherhood; and now here we were as the more "seasoned" mothers.

~I thought about how lucky I was to inherit younger siblings when I married Bill. (I am the youngest in my own family).  I am enjoying the process of seeing them live out their lives, getting married, growing families, etc.

As I get older, those tears come a lot easier, and a lot of times it is because of flowing thoughts like the ones I listed above.

I am so thankful for days like this to celebrate life and family.  They are the best days ever!

To steal a closing phrase from Uncle John after all of his baptisms.....

 "Welcome Aboard Eric and Jason!"

We love you!


  1. First, you look beautiful, Kathleen. Stunning.

    Next, what a beautiful honor for you and your hubby. And what a blessed baby to have you for Godparents. : )

    Such a wonderful family ya got there, my friend.

    And your post is beautiful. I share your feelings, and shed the same tears. : )

  2. Kathleen, this is a beautiful post. It does make one pause to remember that you and Kate were married the same summer, had the first babies in the next generation, and now are godparents of the newest babies in the family. What wonderful gifts have blessed this journey. Thank you for who you are and all that you have given to the family. xo

  3. Hi Kathleen! Your family is filled with blessings! What a beautiful day of celebration, family and sacrament. And everyone looks so spiffy :)

    Your Mom was so happy, I'm sure. It's a wonderful thing to pass on the faith in a way that ensures that it is accepted in the next generations.

    My daughter and her husband are faith-filled people (they started the Young Adult Ministry in their parish), but my son just walked away. It is so hard to understand. So I am very excited about families that keep that faith going.