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A guide to our family photo album covering 1994-2010, showing the principal themes, is here.
A year by year guide to our family time-line from 1994 through 2007 is here.
A photo journal beginning in 2008 is here.
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On August 12, 2004, l'abbé Texier, until his retirement a catholic priest in Bordeaux for over 20 years, baptized Alex and Charles in the Church of Sainte Anne de Tréal.
L'abbé Texier retired to the land of his childhood, nearby, and Grand-père retired to the land of his grandparents where he vacationed as a child. They did not know each other when they were young, but in their retirement have become firm friends. Both are devout, and Grand-père plays the organ every Sunday in the church.
Below is Grand-père on the day of the baptism.
The boys took it all very seriously, as you can see in this first photo, and so did l'abbé Texier. Below on the right, here he is with a candle hovering over his right shoulder and the Lord hovering over his left shoulder. We saw neither until we viewed the photo, but it fits together very well.
Friends of the family in Brittany were kind enough to become the boys' Godparents.
Here is each, with their mother, in the neighborhood café where we went to break bread right after the service. First, on the left, is Yoann, the Godfather, with the crutch he earned playing soccer the weekend before.
On the right below is Roxane, the Godmother, with her English-born beau Simon. Roxane looked after Daphné and Alban during their early summer vacations. And now she's taking care of the little guys too.
The final one of the cafe series is Charlie getting back to real life that day in the same café, with Indiana Jones and a pinball machine.
Finally, a portrait of the two Godparents and their charges.
We have a lot of special days in our family, not all of them milestones in our collective history like this one. Some, like Christmas or Halloween, bring smiles to childrens' faces but mean little more. Of course, that's enough in our house. But even if the boys did quickly return into their earthly world, their earnest expressions and l'Abbé Texier made this special day something more.
Real life is not something that l'abbé Texier runs away from. He has a framed motto on the wall in the hallway of his home near La Grée:
"If you want to be happy for one day, get drunk. If you want to be happy for one week, get married. If you want to be happy for the rest of your life, become a priest".
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