gabriel's blessing day
our angel gabriel was blessed on the sunday of the eyrealm reunion. it was such a special occasion.
our little baby was surrounded by so many who adore and support him. he was given a name and a blessing in a beautiful setting - at a place that is beloved and full of family love and memories. he wore the same outfit that his daddy was blessed in nearly thirty four years ago.
and he got to share his blessing day with his sweet cousin who was born five days before him!
all four of little gabe's grandparents were there...
...and bear lake was sparkling in the sunshine as we all looked on from my parents' house up on the hill.
first baby etta was blessed by her daddy, my brother eli:
and then it was gabriel's turn!
since i had the huge privilege of growing this sweet child inside of my body and then giving birth to him, i am so glad that his dad had this very special opportunity to bless him. and i am so grateful that our baby boy has the examples of so many stellar men in his life - his blessing circle included his spectacular dad, both fabulous grandfathers, nine wonderful uncles, and his awesome oldest cousin.
last summer, my brother eli and his family came to visit us in london - and delighted us by telling us they were pregnant! while they were in town, we found out we were also pregnant! ... and had so much fun reciprocating eli & julie's news! we have been so so excited about these super-close-in-age cousins, and it was just immensely special to witness them be blessed on the same day.
ian's parents and his youngest sister and her husband drove up to bear lake from provo (a three hour drive!) to be at gabriel's blessing. it was so wonderful to have them there. as evidenced by his face in this picture, gabriel was pretty blown away by their love and support :)
moses actually napped right through the blessings, but was sure sweet to his baby brother when he woke up. our attempt at a good family picture with both boys was basically a fail - ha! but i love the reflection of two loving grandmothers in this snap:
this little baby boy is blessed, indeed! and this day was just so, so special.