Monday, November 3, 2008
Such a special day, for such a special baby. Yesterday Annalisa received her name and blessing, in a peaceful ceremony at our ward. She was dressed in the beautiful white baby gown that my mother sewed for her daughters--the same dress I was blessed in when I was a baby. Sara beaded some white socks, and we used the afghan that Kathy crocheted for Lee's blessing. Cody took our little girl in his arms, and stood in a circle of her uncles, cousins, and grandfathers, and they gently rocked her as he pronounced beautiful and powerful blessings to be hers throughout her life: Blessings of love and to be a good example and of health; to choose the right and to feel the Holy Spirit guide her life.
What a day for a mother--a day of reflection and introspection. As I bathed her on Saturday night, I looked into those beautiful blue eyes and thought about Annalisa's future. I thought about those little hands as they will grow up and begin doing good; I thought about that little mouth as it will begin to speak and say important things. I thought about the good times ahead, and the tough times, but mostly how honored I am to be Annalisa Karin's mother. She has already brought so much joy, peace, and love into my life. I know that she will continue to bring the same joy, peace, and love, into the lives of everyone she acquaints with. She truly is one of our Father in Heaven's most choice spirits, and she will be a powerful influence for good in this world.