Birth Blessing and photos

At Junia's birth (8:55pm August 23) Sean and I blessed her with our words. They were the first unfiltered words she heard with her ears without my body filtering her. Though, I could not say them all with Sean because he had to go to the warmer to touch and meet her and I had to be poked, prodded and closed, we said the final bit together.

Junia's Birth Blessing

(Together if able, Sean if unable)
May you know

The freedom andlife of God when your are healthy
And the humility and need of God when you are in ill health.

May you know

The passionate, dynamic and even ordinary presence of God in your loving.
And the comfort of God in your heartache.

May you know

The delight of God’s creation as you grow and learn your own laughter, playfulness and creativity. And, find your passions in God’s creative zeal for you.

May you know

The joy and richness of God’s poverty and simplicity, and be trusting in God at the times when the world’s values push in on you.

May you know

God’s presence as woman, man, mother, father, laughter, sorrow and all the forms that God takes. And when your prayer ceases may a community hold you in faith.

May you know

That in whatever life holds for you- you are lovable and sacred and beautiful as you are.

Our daughter,

We as your parents will celebrate who you are.
Be with you as you grow.
Acknowledge our mistakes.
Celebrate you as a part of our family and traditions.

We will laugh and cry for you.
We will love you, as best we are able- all the days that we live.


  1. Oh, those pictures of her are beautiful, as are the words you two spoke to her. She looks so alert and interested. Don't you just wonder what her life holds for her? I know, one day at a time! Enjoy every single moment, at every stage she is in and goes through. You and Sean are awesome parents.

  2. Rachel and Sean,

    That blessing was beautiful. Moved me to tears. Thank you for sharing it (and sharing the pictures of your family).


  3. I second Megan -- your words, and the truth and strength that lies behind them, are profoundly moving and profoundly beautiful.

    I love that last picture -- Junia looks so filled with wonder!

    Lots of good energy for your recovery, Rachel, and for these first weeks together as a newly-transformed family. And much love!

  4. Hey, Mom and Dad,

    Rachel your cousin, Dr. Anne, says trust her she has seen lots of newborns and Junia is REALLY cute! She is so wide-eyed and alert. So I'd say besides cute, she is also very smart. We love you and know Junia does,too. John and Kathy


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