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blessing day


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before making it to oregon we went to salt lake for a week of celebration with chip's family. tucked among so many other amazing happenings was the blessing of little charlie. baby was silent and sleepy as his grandfather, great-grandfather, five uncles, one cousin (once removed) and a dear friend surrounded him and chip gave him a beautiful and sweet blessing for his life. it was pure glory to have so many of our favorite people in one room to share our joy, faith, love and life with.


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the day got off to a seriously rough start - frustration from an argument with chip and the discovery that my favorite a.p.c. dress was accidentally shrunk was further compunded by the sad reality that none of the pre-pregnancy dresses i packed fit my blubbery body. before i was finally able to throw something decent together to wear to church i was a sobbing mess. hormones are great. but despite all that, i can confidently say that it was one the five best days of the year. in fact, mary's birthday and a really amazing reunion with friends on top of all the fun of charlie's blessing throws it into the top two- only to be trumped by charlie's actual birthday. really, such a good day.


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making charlie's little kimono top and drawstring pants was so fun. i have deluded myself into thinking it will be lovingly passed down from generation to generation of baby boys. . .i derive a huge amount of pleasure and satisfaction from this delusion. borderline unhealthy. but, even if charlie is the only baby to wear it, i'm happy. he looked like an angel. the kimono top is from this martha stewart pattern while the pants are from a random pattern i grabbed at the fabric store (after accidentally leaving my preferred pant pattern at home). the outfit was fast and easy and i don't think anything looks as wonderful as a baby in white. the tiny bit of light blue gingham (the drawstring and covered buttons) had to be a part of the outfit, because what is a baby boy without a least a little blue on him at all times?


this picture of charlie on the floor was taken yesterday, two weeks after the actual blessing day, and the kid has grown a crazy amount in those 14 days. do you see how long the arms are? so, the fit is a little different than the original, but the basic idea is still there. and yes, you are reading his expression correctly- very nervous and very unhappy about being stuck on a hard wood floor while i point the camera at him. not his most flattering picture, but i'm just lucky he waited ten seconds before letting me hear about it.

Reader Comments (14)

Katie -

You never cease to amaze with the fun outfits for your kiddos. I am seriously troubled by what the heck I will dress my boy in but are so great at sewing that you have no problems there. His blessing outfit is so sweet and I love all his darling pants below. Sorry it was such a stressful morning. I hate when days that should start out wonderful are full of stress and anxiety. An a shrunken dress is worth sobbing over...so sad.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterApril White

Hi Katie, I love your blog. After the rough start, it sounds like a wonderful day. The little outfit is just beautiful. I have a soft spot for pale blue gingham.

July 26, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRennae

that day was amazing. one of my favorites of the year too! and call me this week if you can we need to catch up!

July 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralysha

that day was amazing. one of my favorites of the year too! and call me this week if you can we need to catch up!

July 27, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteralysha

i love that picture with grampa wooley! multi-generational events are rare and wonderful. i am so happy for you. i had to chuckle at your emotional day... so many memories of past emotional days! :) and you have so many more of those to look forward to with your girls. :) !

July 27, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDD

Charlie looked so handsome. Sorry your day started off rough, but it sounds like it ended on just the right note.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterHeatherann

i'm sorry about the rough start. not fitting into clothes is extremely depressing. ( i still don't fit into much...)

but as always, i love what you've made. the kimono style is very sweet.

July 28, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpam

Charlie has even grown since I was there, I'm not sure if it is the picture, but his face looks a bit chubbier! I do love the outfit, I am also a sucker for small children in white.

July 30, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterjeanie

that picture of chip and company at the top is so sweet. hi chip!

and what an adorable baby charlie is. congratulations on what sounds like such a great day.

August 1, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlynne

um hi! Remember us... the Crocketts? I can't believe you guys have 3 kids. Ben and I are going crazy! We just found your blog! So good to see what you're doing. email us vangogh@gmail.com

August 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMandi

Charlie has grown so much! My goodness! And his blessing outfit; I love it! So much better than a shiny satin suit with a cheesy bow tie!

August 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Hi, I was stalking your blog because there was a link from Joslyn's Simple Lovely about sewing for girls and I love everything. I feel so inspired by your creativity and sense of humor and then I get to this page and find that you are LDS. Me too. You're right that blessing days are wonderful. My very favorite memories are of blessing days. Thank you so much for sharing.

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRobyn

This is one very cool and sweet baby blessing outfit! You've got some major talent. I love your style. Thanks for all your inspiration.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

BTW, I second what Robyn says & I love blessing days as well.

May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrea

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