Welp, there has been a pretty grand swirl of activity going on around here…our big annual reunion at Bear Lake, lots of cousin/family bonding, Murphy’s first movie (ha!), and Lucy’s first day of school today in the 117 degree projected heat. It’s hard to know where to start catching up. But I decided maybe best to start with something pretty special that happened on Sunday: a beautiful symbol of parental love and a blessing for Murphy Jane.
We stayed in Utah after the reunion so that we could be there for Murphy’s blessing day.
Remember we gave Abby a “Mother’s Blessing” as we showered her with gifts and advice before Murphy’s arrival. Kind of a new tradition that I’d love to keep as each of our grandchildren arrive. Maybe there should be a “Father’s Blessing” like that too…I mean, dads need all the luck they can get as well, don’t you think?
Murphy’s Special Blessing
Well, this blessing on Sunday was for Murphy. In our church we have a tradition of the father blessing the baby with her name and a special Father’s blessing. Max and Abby asked Abby’s mom if they could hold the blessing at her beautiful home and it was just such a sacred day filled up with family and friends who all love Murphy.
There is something so very special about these parents.
Oh I know I’m biased, but I just think they work so well together, and the love they have for Murphy is so tangible you can feel it. They were born to be parents in my opinion.
Murphy wore the same blessing dress Abby and her sisters wore when they got their own special father’s blessings as babies:
Here’s Abby when she wore the same dress:
Abby’s mother wore that dress for her own blessing too. I love that sentimentality.
Max and Abby welcomed everyone, and Abby said a few words of gratitude filled with love.
Then Max offered up the most beautiful blessing for Murphy Jane.
I sat there listening with tears in my eyes, so grateful for that kid of mine who has grown to be such a great man, through trials and troubles along the way.
And so grateful for that baby who has brought us more joy than we could ever have imagined.
These are the immediate family members who stood in the circle with Max:
And these were all the cousins from our side who showed up in support:
Oh how I love them all!
Proud parents and new grandparents:
Kicking myself I didn’t get Abby’s grandparents in this picture too, dang it!
Charity and Evie (some of Murphy’s biggest fans and best supporters), were there too:
It was a pretty special day for Miss Murph, who hopefully felt the love all surrounding her in every direction.
Love you and your parents forever, Miss Muprhy Jane!