Today, February 11, 2012, Irelynn was Baptized. It was a beautiful Saturday morning ceremony followed by a lovely brunch. Today, interestingly, is the Feast Day of Lourdes. This is interesting for a few reasons. My parents traveled to Lourdes, and my Mom prayed for me and our baby. She brought back some water and while she was here over Christmas, she prayed over my belly and asked me to drink it, which I did. It was a very emotional experience and little did I know how much the value of prayer and faith would play just a few days later. So, how appropriate that Irelynn was Baptized on such a special day! It was a day we weren't sure we would ever get to experience.
We were also blessed enough to have Father John David Ramsey Baptize her. He is very special to our family for a few reasons. As a seminarian, he gave his first homily at the Mass where Jeremy celebrated his Baptismal Rite of Presentation. Jeremy was Baptized in the hospital as a baby when he was readmitted and facing surgery for suspected Hirshbrung's Disease, which he was later cleared of. Ironically, the hospital chaplain was Father Dowd. My maiden name is O'Dowd. Coincidence?
Later, as a Deacon, John David assisted and participated in Savannah's funeral. It meant a lot to us that he was so willing to be involved again. He also comforted us after our 1st miscarriage following her funeral and has become a good friend. He was since ordained and transferred to a neighboring parish. We were thrilled that he was willing to Baptize Irelynn and it meant the world to us that things were able to come full circle.
After the Baptism, we gathered with friends and family for a celebratory brunch. It was a wonderful day and although we were very tired, it was full of memories.
May God Bless Irelynn, today and forever! She is such a blessing to so many people and most importantly, has provided all of us with hope and faith. She is a true miracle and blessing and was well worth all the pain and heartache. I know that Savannah is smiling down upon her.