Ellie’s Naming Ceremony

And the unbroken run of Naming Ceremonies with happy babies continues!

Gorgeous Ellie shone at her Naming Ceremony, blowing raspberries throughout, much to the amusement of everyone who’d come along to the Sky Suite of the Cyan Restaurant in Milngavie.

Ellie Selfie

All my photos of Ellie were rubbish but she took her own picture, her first selfie!

It was a really lovely family occasion- the restaurant belongs to Uncle David, Aunt Lesley did a reading and the Grannies and Papas read a poem between them, which worked really well. Ellie’s big brother, Jack, gave her a wee gift and she gave one to him and everyone was invited to add their fingerprints to a tree for Ellie’s wall, a beautiful idea, and nowhere near completion in the picture below!

Claire | Claire the Humanist

Claire | Claire the Humanist
Ellie’s parents and guide parents wrote their own promises and they were all very personal and touching but I was particularly struck by Mum’s promise, which began,

To my Ellie-Belle,
I will never forget the moment you entered our life…..I was in awe that we had created something so beautiful, and I couldn’t stop staring at your wonderful little face for hours.
I knew in the very first moment I met you that I was going to love you unconditionally, and forever. It was a feeling I have carried with me every day since.

*Gulp*

There was a lot of warmth and enthusiasm from Ellie’s guests, everyone delighted to see such a very happy baby. And it’s the first time I’ve done a naming ceremony to the strains of The Theme from the Godfather being played (badly!) by a busker outside. Brilliant!

 

Solomon’s Naming Ceremony

Naming Stones

An outdoor Naming Ceremony is brilliant idea, particularly in the glorious Scottish summer on the outskirts of Glasgow. Kat and Jo chose Mugdock Country Park for their son, Solomon’s rainbow-themed naming ceremony. It’s a beautiful place, full of rugged walks and muddy adventure trails but today’s ceremony was in the splendid walled garden looking down to Craigend Pond.

Not that anyone was looking at the pond when this wee fella was about! Solomon was an absolute star, he smiled all the way through his ceremony and he looked so handsome in his little kilt, complete with mini sporran and nappy kilt pin. Too cute!

Clara reading1 copy

Solomon’s big sister, Clara, was brilliant. Not only did she lead me and her friends in Ring-a-ring-a-roses, complete with her new favourite second verse, she also recited a poem to Solomon, called ‘Life Gave Me a Little Brother’ and had everyone in stitches as she laughed her way through the last verse:

Life gave me a little brother
to teach me about life.
He loves me,
Aggravates me,
and gives me strength and strife.

 Thank goodness for my brother
He is as special as can be
Don’t mess with my little brother
– or you’ll have to mess with me!

Author unknown

Then, it was a quick trip to Craigend Pond. Jo had painted the kids’ names on two (larger than intended- thanks, Granny Trisha!) pebbles and, after a Celtic blessing and a lot of encouragement from everyone there, the stones were thrown into the pond, narrowly avoiding the gorgeous ducklings that came to join us!

An outdoor ceremony brings its own challenges but as long as you have some shelter and think ahead a bit, it’ll still be magic. Solomon’s day was fab- the kids were great, everyone was smiling and happy. Who cares about a bit of rain?