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    Beth says:

    Oh, this photo made the tears well up! (Likely because I am planning Easter Vigil baptisms for my ducks — er, children). And what a lovely gown — have all your children worn it?

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    Melissa Wiley says:

    Yes, all my children–and most of their cousins, and their father, aunt, and uncles, and their maternal grandmother and her sister and brothers, and their maternal great-grandmother and HER siblings! And a good many other cousins besides. Sean was the 56th baby known to wear the gown. (There may have been some in earlier generations whose names weren’t recorded.)

    Scott’s great-grandmother made the gown in 1890 for her children. Five generations of babies have worn it now. Sean is 4th-gen, but some of Scott’s first cousins once removed have babies now (Sean’s 2nd cousins)–they’re the fifth generation.

    It’s lovely, isn’t it? I am thrilled and awed that my children are a part of its history.

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    Jennifer says:

    He’s so beautiful!

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    Laurie M says:


    WOW 1890! That is a treasure!
    It looks brand new in the pic.

    Beautiful Boy!!


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    Becky says:

    How precious!

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    MelanieB says:

    Wow, 5 generations of babies! That is so very cool. What a beautiful gown and a lovely tradition to tie together the generations.

    Congratulations to baby Sean.

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    Maria says:

    wow! What a piece of history and a beautiful gown. Congratulations.

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    Kristine says:

    Absolutely incredibly gorgeous dress! Blessings to your baby.

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    Sheila says:

    Oh, what a dear little boy! Your family’s dress brought a lump to my throat, it seems so familiar. Our family baptismal gown was made by my great-grandmother for my mother (born 1929) and her siblings. My 8 siblings and I wore it, so did our many cousins; now our children and grandchildren share in its history. At least 60 children through four generations. What a joy!

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    Kathy says:

    That is such a beautiful gown. It must have been amazing to remember all who wore it before him. Congratulations on his day and what a handsome boy he is!!

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    Rebecca says:

    Congratulations to Sean on his special day! I love to smell their little heads in the days following their baptism. Heavenly!

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    Karen Edmisten says:

    He is so scrumptiously beautiful!

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    Cay G. says:

    I love baptismal gowns w/ a history to them.
    It’s very beautiful and he’s very adorable. :o)

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    Jessica says:

    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing…

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    Maria says:

    Oh my, Lissa – stunning baby in a stunning gown with a stunning story!

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    Heidi @ GGIP says:

    What a cute baby and a gorgeous gown!