In the Philippines, infants are usually baptized within the first few months of their lives, due to tradition, or the fact that it is a predominantly Catholic country.
Ever since Eidan was born, I've been asked by well meaning family members when I am getting him baptized. I am not a very religious person. I was baptized a Protestant, attended Catholic schools my entire life, and when I moved to San Antonio 9 years ago, I did not join a church.
So it was with great angst that I told my family that I wanted to wait to get Eidan baptized until he was a bit older. I wanted it done at the Church I actually grew up going to, in my hometown of Batangas City, Philippines.
So at 14 months, I asked my bealoved family and friends to join us in celebrating Eidan's initiation into the Christian world. And on January 27, 2013, Eidan was baptized at the United Church of Christ Batangas City.
My husband, who was unable to join us on this trip, witnessed the entire thing via Skype. I held up my baby boy in front of the church and all the witnesses and felt so much love as he was baptized. We were surrounded by people that I knew I could count on to be there for my son.
|Eidan is wearing the traditional formal attire for men, the Barong Tagalog|
|With the family but we're missing Auntie Nikki|
|Eidan's Ninangs (Godmothers)|
|The Godparents (some were missing)|
|Lolo Henry and Eidan|
|Cousins and our babies!!|
|Poor little guy, all tired from the celebration|