It's official, Charlotte Lucy is my goddaughter, and I couldn't be happier. She is the daughter of my lovely cousin and her husband, I'll call them D 'n E, for anonymity's sake. D, my cousin, asked me at Easter if I'd accept the role as godmother, and of course I happily accepted! I've been waiting for this opportunity, and I'm thrilled to have a spiritual connection and special bond with this little one, for it is quite the honor to be chosen as godparent.
After a series of events, I almost missed the baptism last Sunday, but God is good and provided me exactly what I needed to arrive juuust on time. As in, I walked into the church in pajamas at noon and was at the baptism less than five minutes later in a dress. A huge shout out to mom, dad and aunt LaVon for playing it cool and believing in me! For anyone wondering, let's just say that I overslept and was away from my parents' house. I woke up at 9:44 am in LaCrosse, WI and needed to be at the baptism in Madison, 2 1/2 hours away by noon, at the latest. In a dress, wearing my Sunday best, obviously.
The Blessed Mother along with Jesus himself steered my car and guided my foot, which seemed to be heavier than normal that day, and I got there! The stress from the drive didn't steal away from my joy one bit, as I still felt very honored to be standing there in that position. Sue, a friend of the family present that day, told me that "being a godmother gives you a very special connection with the child," and boy was she right. From the moment I met Charlotte (since I had not met her before that day), I already felt a special closeness between us. I know she will always be in my prayers and I am excited to see what the Lord has in store for her life.
I don't have much more to say on that, other than that it's always so good to be around family, and seeing D 'n E, and the rest of the Schutz clan reminded me of that. It made the departure bittersweet, knowing that it will be three months minimum until we are united, but that's the beauty of the Eucharist! We are all united in the precious body of Christ, and that simple fact brings me consolation.
Here are a few photos from the baptism: