Saturday, May 17, 2014

Baby Blessings

James had his baby blessing on Sunday, May 4.  For those who are not familiar with this practice of the LDS church, you can read about it here.  Listening to James' blessing reminded me of the day Owen was blessed, so I came home and read through my notes from Owen's blessing.

Some key words from Owen's included: faith, strength, courage, love, kindness, happiness.
From James': power, patience, wisdom, peace, faith, understanding.

Each time one of our babies is blessed I am struck by the incredible potential and capacity contained in such a small person, a person that Heavenly Father has entrusted to me.  I feel so excited to get to know my children and see the good they can accomplish in this world. I'm grateful that I am blessed to have such an active role in the lives of such special people, and that I am able to glimpse just a small bit of what they are capable when I hear them being blessed.

James' blessing day photoshoot:

 He's started sticking his tongue out lately.  Cutest thing ever.

Of interest:  We call this blanket the "Bethlehem blanket".  Casey's Grandma Lucy bought a number of these blankets while visiting Jerusalem.  From what I understand (Pickett/Hickman family members correct me if I'm wrong), she has given one to each of her grandchildren when they have had children.  Owen was blessed in it, and now James used it on his blessing day.  A beautiful tradition, I think.