Archive for December, 2006

December 10, 2006

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

Since my last post, Arina has attended her great-great-grandmother’s 90th birthday party and has experienced her first Thanksgiving dinner at MaMa Shirley’s.  She has also joined Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, along with her Mama and Papa, and was christened the Sunday after Thanksgiving, on the 26th.  We chose this date on purpose; we’re so thankful she has become a part of our family.

I have to admit that I was especially worried about her behavior on Christening Day, as she’s going through a “defiant” phase and has become quite fond of “No, no, no!” and “Stop it!”  I cringed at the thought of her saying this to the pastor as he sprinkled her with water, which is why, perhaps, most parents have their children christened when they’re only a few months old. 

Happily, my fears proved groundless.  She was mesmerized by the ceremony and, afterwards, when the pastor walked her by the family pew, she gave everyone (MaMa Shirley, Nana, Pop, MeMa, PaPa, Aunt Kelly, Uncle Danny, and Marly) a big thumbs up.  Then, when the pastor turned with her to face the congregation and introduced her to her “new church family,” she gave them a big thumbs up as well and left the “stage” blowing kisses to all.  Needless to say, she was a big hit.

I think her “Auntie” Rachel summed up her personality best when she said, “Arina wonders in her little baby mind, ‘WHY am I not a Hollywood star yet?'”

This month’s featured photo is of Arina in her christening bonnet.  Thanks, again, to Shannon Osborne (SAO Photography).