Sunday was a perfect day.
Not only was it my birthday, but it was Eli's blessing day.
A very special day.
I need to share some things about Eli with you.
I wasn't able to actually witness Eli's birth, but I somehow felt him come into this world. I just knew he was here. I openly wept when I learned that he was born, and that he and Amber were okay. It was a powerfully emotional and spiritual experience.
And so very bittersweet, because we had learned only a couple of hours before that our precious Grandpa Craig had drowned in a rafting accident.
My heart ached and rejoiced.
I didn't know it was possible to feel both emotions so strongly, and at the same time.
Eli was beautiful.
He was perfect.
And I knew there was something special about him.
There are great things in store for this little boy.
I cannot explain enough what a special spirit this little guy has. Everybody that meets him comments about his 'sweet spirit'. You can just feel it pour out of him.
I wondered if Grandpa Craig would be quietly observing Eli's blessing today. As his wife, Cindy came in to the chapel, I urged her to come sit with me.
I just needed her right by me.
I needed her courage, and to hold her hand.
Eli's blessing was one of the most spiritual experiences I have been able to witness.
I was so overcome with joy and comfort, that I wept.
And wept some more.
The Spirit was incredibly strong in that room.
After the blessing Derik came and sat back down beside me.
He handed Eli to Cindy, and continued to cry. He leaned over to me and said, "I felt that if I opened my eyes, I would have seen Craig standing across the circle from me."
Which brought me to tears...again.
I knew Craig would come.
Cindy knew he'd come.
There is just something so precious about this child...
I cannot explain it.
Several people in our ward have commented to Derik or I about the feelings & experiences they had that day as well. I am amazed at how the Spirit moves each of us.
This is Eli's blessing outfit. I didn't take the best pictures, but he's so cute, that it doesn't really matter.
I snapped this photo of my mom, my birthmom, Lori, and my mother-in-law, Nancy.
I was too excited to see these three ladies sitting together and visiting.
This is Amber and her two siblings, Kimberly and Colter.
Derik and I were so happy they could all be to Eli's blessing day.
I have the most amazing parents, and the only reason I even have them is because of Lori. I have wanted a picture of the four of us since the day I met Lori.
The love that I have for these three people is unexplainable.
They have each impacted my life in numerous ways.
Kirk has been so very kind and understanding of me.
I am deeply grateful to him for allowing Lori and I to have the relationship that we do.
He is a joy and a pleasure to be around (and hilarious, to boot!).