we promise

For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free;
and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.”
~1 Corinthians 12:13

Sunday was a special day for our family.

Our whole family gathered in our little church to witness our promise that we would teach Charlie about the love of Jesus.

Picking a date was important.

I know some churches just tell you when “Baptism Sunday” is because they do a bunch at once, but our church is small.  Baptisms get scheduled as babies are born, so it was pretty much up to us when we wanted it to be.

Eddie’s baptism date is super meaningful, so I didn’t want Charlie’s to just be random.

Since Eddie was baptized on his namesakes’ birthday, we wanted to do the same for Charlie.  However “Charles” is not anyone’s name but his.  However “Thomas”, his middle name, is after my dad.  And my dad’s birthday was yesterday.

(I did give my dad the business for not having a Sunday birthday this year.  Stupid leap day messing up my perfect plans.  Sheesh.)

We settled for April 29 as the Baptism date because it was the day before Charlie’s namesake’s birthday.

To make it even more special, Charlie’s cousins, Kingston and Kyrie, were baptized alongside him.

i chose a safari shirt since he was getting baptized with his ethiopian cousins...can you see it?

Charlie never woke up. First baby in Pastor John's history to not at least squeek.

Eddie was very good, but so very done by the time pictures were taken.

And Kyrie was just plain tired.

The day was sunny and breezy.  Almost every member of our extended family could be there…including Charlie’s great grands.

I know it’s just a five minute part of a church service that otherwise is not about the baptism.

I know for some people the Baptism is just a formality and not something to throw a huge celebration about.

But it’s special to me…to us.

I guess I can’t speak for Cort, but for me, the ritual of standing before the congregation and our closest friends and family and promising to teach our son about God’s Son is important.  It’s a big deal.

Not so that those people can constantly point out our shortcomings in our teachings; we don’t need help knowing we fall short and are frequently hypocrites.

I know we don’t have the best attendance at church, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t teaching our boys about the love of Christ.  It doesn’t mean we aren’t teaching them to pray and sing to God.  It doesn’t mean it’s not talked about in our house. It doesn’t mean that Cort and I don’t try our hardest to show, not just our boys, but the world, the face of Jesus in everything we do.

We invite those we love to hear our promise so they too can be part of that promise.  So they can fill in where we fail.  So they can talk and sing and model for our boys the love and compassion of Christ.

And we are trying so hard to be in church more as a part of that modeling.

Because we promised we would bring the boys up in The Church.

And we keep our promises.


Incidentally, the sermon this day was about healing through Christ’s salvation.  The Pastor talked about Christ being all around us in the faces of each person we encounter each day.  Throughout the service, two tiny babies were on my mind, needing the healing hand of the Lord. And their mother needing strength.  If you are the praying sort, meet Diana and her boys…whom she almost lost…and is now fighting to save.

About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. Just lovely, Katie.

  2. This is a lovely sentiment, and I’m glad you wrote the post, though I am a little distracted by the sheer amount of cuteness. Your family is filled with such beautifully sweet little guys!

  3. Your family is simply beautiful!

  4. While I can’t share your faith, I do very much share in your joy in partiking in a ritual which was so meaningful to you and your family. Many congratulations to you, and especially to Charlie. May your faith bring him wisdom, strength and joy for years to come.

  5. Our family is not religious in the slightest. But I joyfully attend every baptism that my more faithful friends invite me to. Celebrating the love and welcoming new little people into the fold is such a wonderful tradition it makes my heart sing. Plus there is always cake afterwards and who doesn’t love cake.

    • oh yes…the cake! we still have leftovers. That I may have had for breakfast this morning. What?

      and yes, while I don’t broadcast it or preach it here on the blog, these things are important to us. And I was filled with joy on Sunday.

  6. I love this post. I agree with you about how whenever people speak about Jesus it’s like “crickets in the room”. It’s a subject that people for some reason get uncomfortable reading about. Why? I have no clue. Why would it be uncomfortable to read about someone who came to die in our place so that we can see the him and the rest of his kingdom in eternity? What’s not happy about that?! Oh well, there was that crucifiction part but still…he showed the ultimate love for us!

    I think it’s wonderful that you guys are teaching the love of Christ to Eddie and Charlie. What better way to bring up young individuals in a world that needs more guidance in our youth.

    “Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.” – Acts 2:38

    • Thanks, Jason!

      I get that I have a LOT of non-Christian readers, and that is really cool…but I like to think because they love me and my writing, they would be ok with our traditions and faith here on the blog.

      I don’t want this blog to be a platform for me to preach. Not at all. It’s for my boys. And this is part of our life.

      I read lots of blogs about rituals and traditions of my Jewish friends, Hindu friends, and more. Frankly, I like to see other people’s faiths and traditions because it’s interesting and, quite often, lovely.

      Even those who are not particularity religious…I faithfully read their posts about why they are not or what their traditions are…I would hope they can read and appreciate mine too.

      My boys will someday choose what they believe. I just hope the foundations of the love we show them will be part of it.

  7. Congratulations to everyone!
    I love this! We played down the baptisms but go all out for their First Holy Communions. In fact, I volunteered my photos services to take a photo of every kid receiving communion just so I could get one shot of Claire. I wanted that shot!
    And I’m glad that you got to share it with Charlie’s cousins!
    Take care.

    • Thank you! We aren’t Catholic, so we don’t have the First Holy Communion, but we do have the Profession of Faith which is also a big deal.

  8. Pretty much captured the sentiment. Love this.

  9. So beautiful! (FYI, my husband’s bday was Monday, too!)

  10. What a beautiful day! I’ll be honest. I always wished I was a *wee* bit more rested on both of my kid’s baptisms. But if that would have been the case they wouldn’t be baptized until they were like 2 or 3, so even though the days were a bit of a blur for me due to fatigue, I think they are oh-so-important and special for everyone. YOU looked lovely! And that cake – awesome.

  11. TheNextMartha says

    So sweet. It looks to have been lovely.

  12. Beautiful. Congrats. Hope you all enjoyed your day.

  13. I love that Charlie’s cousins were baptized at the same time. What a special family affair.

    Lovely pictures.