Quincy Diane was born on 7/12/12 at 12:12 p.m.. There were many indicators such as her birth date and time that gave a clue she was trying to communicate with her parents. As her parents Rick and Beth were en route to the hospital on the day she was born, Hicky Burr, a fun jazz song by Quincy Jones and Bill Cosby, came on the radio. Beth had received a Quincy Jones biography from her brother for Christmas, and being big lovers of jazz, realizing what a huge impact Quincy Jones made in musical history, Rick and Beth just knew that her name would be Quincy. The universe was nodding in agreement and approval while announcing her arrival all at the same time. Coincidentally, that day was also Bill Cosby’s birthday!
Baby Welcoming ceremonies have been celebrated in many cultures around the world for probably thousands of years. They are an opportunity for friends and family to gather and congratulate the new parents, celebrate the child’s birth and share stories of their family’s past and hopes and dreams for the child's future.
Quincy is a bubbly, happy child who easily bonded with me and I enjoyed our interactions every time we saw one another. She is charming and a flirt, but also, in her parent’s eyes, an old spirit. She has a wonderful ability to command attention. She is quick to laugh and very inquisitive and by her first birthday and the time of her Welcoming Party, she was taking her first confident steps around her house.
During her ceremony, I talked about the meaning of a circle, how we were encircling her in a circle of wisdom. Before the ceremony began, every guest had chosen a bead from a basket of many multi-colored beads in different shapes with varying symbols and images. We then took turns around the circle, returning our beads to the basket and sharing why we chose that bead and what our hopes and dreams were for Quincy and her future. This was an emotional and so very touching time as every single guest had something significant and meaningful to share. Grown men were seen crying and although Quincy slept through the entire process until the very end, we know she absorbed every good intention.
Here she is asleep in the arms of her godmother with her parents standing by as well. The godparents had acknowledged their responsibilities to her and pledged to nurture and support her through her life.
We closed the circle and the ceremony with a request that the community support her with many blessings to her for a healthy and full life.
What a wonderful way to incorporate the birth of a child into our families and our communities with the participation, love and support of all.
“Babies are such a nice way to start people.” ~ Don Herold
"If you and your family are thinking about blessing your baby with a warm welcome into this world, seriously look no further than Cindie Wilding. Please read on and I will share with you why...
Cindie is a wonderful person who possesses a light whimsical grace, but who also gently commands the attention of that which a wise priestess might...
She took the time to get to know our family by meeting with us at our home a few times. During those visits she was able to form, with ease, a connection with our little girl, thus building the backbone and the soul of her ceremony.
She took the time to learn the details of how our family was started. She learned about our values as people, as parents. What our hopes, dreams and intentions are for our daughter as she grows through her life.
Because the ceremony was tailor made with loving care by Cindie, it was very personal. It invoked a powerful emotion that a lot of us weren't prepared to experience. It literally brought tears to the eyes of some I didn't realize were capable. You will find no cookie cutter design here.
All we want is the very best for our children, to declare our love for them and that they always have everything they need as individuals to live this life to the fullest.
I can't think of a better way to welcome your baby into this world, than having the honor and pleasure of someone like Cindie at the helm. Simply put, the feeling will never leave you."
Thank you Cindie!
Rick, Beth & Baby Quincy