An Eastern NC Baptism

This is the baptism & gathering of Jesse River and his extended family, among which we are counted. This church is also where Geoff’s mom’s funeral was, and she is buried beside it. Jesse loved being baptized. I’ve never seen a baby enjoy it quite so much, actually. He bent backwards towards the water, let his head be poured, closed his eyes, and smiled in the sunlight that poured very specifically into the spot where he was baptized that day.