The Story of a Baptismal Gown

We are very blessed. We had the choice of 3 gowns for Ellie’s baptism.

We have the gown that me and my siblings were baptized in. It has also been used for some Burns grandkids, including Samantha as shown below.

The slip has been embroidered with each baptism name and date. It begins with Elisabeth Noel in 1976 and ends with Patrick Jacob in 2008.

We have the gown that Brian and his siblings were baptized in. This was the gown that Ellie was baptized in. Here is a letter dated on Brian’s BIRTHday from his maternal grandparents.

Isn’t that a lovely letter? And here’s Ellie in the gown:

We have the gown that Brian’s maternal grandfather (Leonard in the above letter) was baptized in. Brian’s great-grandmother, Agnes Eckl, made the gown. His grandfather was the youngest of 5 children, so I’m not exactly sure of the gown’s age. It’s at least 83 years old.

Ellie’s Baptism

We had a wonderful mass and baptism for Ellie!  Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate with us.  It’s too bad it was incredibly hot and humid.

“I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”  She barely flinched!

“Receive the Light of Christ.”

And the group shot, minus sneaky Uncle Mark and Aunt Martha.  How is it that he always skips out on pictures?

Fr. Roy Runkle

Uncle Roy was ordained as priest yesterday!  We’re very happy for him.  We’re not sure yet how to address him.  Is it “Uncle Roy” still?  Is it “Fr. Roy”?  Or is it something of both, like “Fruncle Roy” or “Fruncle Runkle”?  Okay, just kidding.  We’ll let him tell us.

I got some pictures from the cheap seats in the back.  You can see the rest at Dropbox, but since posts are always better with pictures, here’s one now.

Uncle Roy being ordained as priest


On Sunday, someone wanted to come by and look at our house first thing in the morning.  I wasn’t planning on leaving the house since we were on Day 5 of the potty training.  But, here goes.  We went to early mass, and Samantha did great!  We made one unnecessary trip out to the Yukon, but the other trip was successful!  I was so proud of her!  We went to Krispy Kreme afterwards for a treat.

Later, when we got home, (she’s still in the exact same clothes, by the way – hooray!), she wanted to sit with Brian in the recliner.  Which, for those of you who know Sam, that is something special.  She’s not the cuddly sort.  She was saying “we’re together” over and over.  She even had to go get some covers from her room so that she and Daddy could cuddle.  (And by the way, this handmade pink crocheted blanket – made by Carol, and the white one underneath – crocheted by our friend Kris, are her favorite blankets.  I love that she likes the handmade ones the best!)  I think she had a great weekend hanging out at the house.

(And sorry for the yucky photos – they were shot with my phone!)