Stella’s Baptismal Gown

As you read this, we are in MN for Stella’s baptism! I was raised ELCA Lutheran, a faith which believes in infant baptism followed by elective confirmation as a young adult when you want to reaffirm your faith. Her baptism is happening in my hometown church where my parents and much of my extended family still attend church every Sunday. The caption to the picture was written by my Mom when she posted this picture on FB. So cool. 🙂
The baptism gown, soon to be worn by darling Stella, made 116 years ago by Stella’s great-great-great-Grandmother, Ellen. Stella will be the 41st child baptized in this gown. Aunt Elie says we are giving tribute to Grandma Ellen by using and cherishing her work. Grandma Ellen, our daughter Emma (who will be a Godmother to Stella), and Stella were all born on December 8th. 1869 – 1988 – 2011. The circle of life. 🙂


  1. Beautiful! Congratulatons!

  2. That's amazing! How awesome to be able to pass something on like that to so many people!

  3. That's amazing they were all born on the same day. The circle of life indeed. I know it will be a very touching and beautiful baptism.

  4. Beautiful!!

  5. Gorgeous photo. And just WOW! What an awesome family tradition.

  6. Wow, that's really cool!

  7. I hope you take tons of pictures…..I love the tradition too. Raegan was baptized wearing the same gown everyone on my family has worn, but it's not quite as old as Stella's. What a wonderful way to contribute to tradition by having your daughter wear the treasured heirloom.Congratulations and many blessings to Stella and your family.

  8. That's incredible! I love reading abt these kinds of family traditions!!!

  9. Just beautiful! Its amazing how some things in life just fit and come together. Enjoy!

  10. WOW! That is so awesome..what a cool picture, and such an amazing story behind the dress!

  11. What a neat tradition! I'm sure Stella will look beautiful in the dress 🙂 Have fun in MN!

  12. Beautiful picture and beautiful tradition!

  13. Amazing! What a beautiful gift.

  14. So cool. What a great pic and an amazing tradition!!!!

  15. What an awesome family tradition!!! Such a history behind that gown. Congrats!

  16. That's awesome! Can't wait to see pictures.

  17. So, so cool. Love the picture too!

  18. Oh that is so awesome! Love the picture, love the caption, love the tradition, just love it!

  19. WOW! it's beautiful! i can't believe it has survived so long in such perfect condition. a lot of love must have gone into making it and a lot more into caring for it over the years.

  20. This is amazing! And I LOVE that picture!

  21. What a beautiful family tradition!

  22. Beautiful, all of this! Love!

  23. WOW that gown is AMAZING – and so so sentimental. I love it, you are so lucky to have such a wonderful heirloom! Happy baptism Stella!

  24. […] – flashback city. One year ago today, Stella was baptized in my home church. Charlie’s brother and our SIL are on the left (that little boy in her belly is almost eight […]

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