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.

9 Responses

  1. www.theevolvinghomemaker.com

    What a beautiful family. So blessed with a bounty of little girls who are all adorable! :)

    May 5, 2010 at 3:11 am

  2. Rebecca

    Your baby looks so adorable. I love the family pictures!

    May 5, 2010 at 3:24 am

  3. Jessie Mae

    This made me cry! I love everyone of those women with my whole being. I hope I can grow up and be just like them!

    May 5, 2010 at 4:39 am

  4. Krista

    This is one of the most beautiful posts I've ever read. *tears* (Yes, still… ;) And I LOVE your new blog layout!!! :) Beautiful little ladies to accompany beautiful thoughts!!! :)

    May 5, 2010 at 5:54 am

  5. c h a n t i l e

    She's just so perfect!! :)

    May 5, 2010 at 5:02 pm

  6. Libby Ipson

    What an amazing day for you! She is just absolutely perfect!!

    May 6, 2010 at 1:56 am

  7. Tara and Dan

    That first picture of her is just breathtaking!! What a joy she is :) And she is truly blessed to be a part of your family!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:58 am

  8. Nicole

    so many wonderful posts to catch up with!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 10:52 am

  9. Debra Domenici

    Absolutely beautiful! ;) tears)

    May 21, 2010 at 4:20 am

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