A day of blessings

Sunday was lovely.  It was a day to celebrate miracles.

This little girl is truly one of the greatest miracles of my life.

The story of how she came to be with us is special, sacred.

Too special even to share here.  She is truly a miracle.

I will be grateful for that miracle all my days.

Sunday, she was blessed and celebrated, and it was a chance for me to sit back and remember “how merciful the Lord hath been.”

It was also a chance to remember others who have filled my life with love and blessed me profoundly.

I was blessed with two wonderful Grandmothers, but I was extra-blessed, because I have two great-aunts who I love like Grandmothers, and who have influenced me and filled my life with love.

This is me as a child with one of them:

Here they are together, as they always were:

My daughter is now named after one of them.  I think of my aunt each time I hold her, and it makes me smile.  She was always full of love, kindness, and warmth.  I am comforted to know that my daughter will carry a name with her that will be a lesson to her in love.  From the minute I knew my child would be a girl, I knew she would be named for this aunt.

My baby was also wrapped in a special blanket, made long ago for me when I was a baby, by my Grandma, a woman I love dearer than almost anyone I have ever known.

My Grandmother’s name will be her middle name.

I am so happy that she will carry the names of two such marvelous women.  Two women who have meant the world to me.  Two women who were strong and courageous, yet gentle and kind.  Two women who are full of love, compassion, and goodness.  Two women who changed the world around them for the better.
Just what I hope my daughter will be.
I Love my family.

It was also a day full of extra blessings, as Mom and Dad R were able to be with us, along with the much-beloved Mark. :)  We love you!

Blessed am I.

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