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A blessed day

The morning of December 8 was cold, crisp, and clear in northern California – an immaculate sky for the Immaculate One, and for a child soon to be made immaculate by the waters of holy baptism. The feast commemorates the conception of Our Lady in the womb of St. Anne, a fitting day for the baptism of her namesake, Anne Josephine.

The sacrament was administered by Fr. Robert Novokowsky, F.S.S.P., in the medieval Lady Chapel at St. Stephen the First Martyr Catholic Church.

Anne with her wonderful Godparents.

My incomparable wife and our three daughters.

Fr. Novokowsky and his flock of Culbreaths.

Anne with her sweet Godmother, the kind of Catholic she would do well to imitate, and who would be deeply embarrassed if I told you any more about her. (God bless you, Mrs. D.!)

Anne just before her baptism, with my dear great-aunt Hilda.


December 10, 2007 - Posted by | Uncategorized


  1. What beautiful children you have!


    Comment by Christine | December 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. Oh, Jeff, you have me in tears! Congrats on Anne Josephine’s baptism!


    Comment by m | December 10, 2007 | Reply

  3. Blessings to you and your family! Welcome, little Anne Josephine, to “the family!”


    Comment by kimberly | December 10, 2007 | Reply

  4. +JMJ+

    How wonderful to have such a close extended family in the heart of the family of God! =)


    Comment by Enbrethiliel | December 10, 2007 | Reply

  5. Beautiful pictures. Thank you for inviting us to be part of your celebration.



    Comment by Judy | December 11, 2007 | Reply

  6. Christine: As you can tell, their mother gets all the credit for whatever good looks they possess!

    Margaret: Thank you, and may the same joy visit you and yours! I’m very glad to learn that Our Lady’s day is highly significant for your child as well …

    Kimberly: Anne Josephine is grateful for your welcome – and her parents for your prayers!

    Enbrethiliel: Yes, indeed – but I wish some were closer. My great-aunt is 91 and lives two hours away.

    Judy: It was an honor to have you and your family present for the occasion. Thanks so much for attending! I need to finish that conversation with your husband about British and American ways of speaking English …


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | December 11, 2007 | Reply

  7. Thank you for showing your beautiful family photos of such a special event.


    Comment by Faith | December 12, 2007 | Reply

  8. The photos of the family make our hearts soar. We remember when Jeff was born and to now watch his beautiful family grow is such a blessing. Thank you for sharing these pictures.

    Paul & Donna Spillman


    Comment by Paul & Donna Spillman | December 12, 2007 | Reply

  9. No eyes open wider than a newborn baby’s eyes. Little Anne looks as if she is struggling to see EVERYTHING, all at once, and when she can’t she’s gonna let you all hear about it.

    Your lovely family is blessed once more. Enjoy this time and a Merry Christmas to you all, Jeff.



    Comment by Laurie LaGrone | December 13, 2007 | Reply

  10. How beautiful. The Sacrament and the members of your family. You must be so proud of them all. They just exude happiness.

    Anne Josephine is a gorgeous name for a gorgeous girl.


    Comment by Mary Alexander | December 13, 2007 | Reply

  11. The shortest Culbreath with the head-scarve tied babushka-style looks wise beyond her years. She looks like your little philosopher. The one in the nectie looks like your practical joker/mischief & merriment maker! (They make the best priests… just sayin!)

    Congratulations again to you and yours. That is a mighty fine looking brood you have there. You should be rightly proud.


    Comment by A Simple Sinner | December 13, 2007 | Reply

  12. Congratulations, Jeff, to you and to dear Mrs. Culbreath! What a lovely little daughter! You have such a beautiful family! I love the veils on the girls.


    Comment by elena maria vidal | December 14, 2007 | Reply

  13. Thanks again, everyone, for all of the kind compliments I was shamelessly fishing for. As for Simple Sinner’s personality assessments, he couldn’t have been more dead-on exactly right!


    Comment by Jeff Culbreath | December 18, 2007 | Reply

  14. Congratulations. What a wonderful family. Thanks for sharing the photos.


    Comment by Terry | December 22, 2007 | Reply

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