Monday, May 25, 2009

He's Official

Mackay finally got a name and a blessing yesterday. Mackay Filson Richardson is now officially on the records of the church and received his first priesthood blessing from his father.

My sister-in-law Lora loaned me the blessing outfit, which was worn by Mack's cousin Alexander last year.

As we did with our girls, we opted for a smaller, more private gathering for the blessing rather than the traditional blessing of the baby in sacrament meeting at church. We invited a few friends and family members and blessed Mackay at Brian and Becca's house next door.

Dan gave Mack a wonderful blessing. He blessed him that in his heart and in his mind, he would understand his place on this earth, that he is a son of Heavenly Father. Mack was blessed to understand that his parents love him; that his mind will be sharp and his body strong. He was blessed that he will be able to understand good influences from bad influences and have the strength of character and understanding to choose good influences. And finally, he was blessed that his parents would try to understand him and help him find his place in this world.

In reflecting on the blessings Dan has given each of our children, they have all been brief and to the point, without flowery language (with the exception of Amelia being blessed with the gift of dissertation -umm, discernment- during the time Dan was writing his graduate thesis. :) He has not talked about specific events in their lives like missions or marriage or parenthood. Rather, he has blessed them with strong character traits, healthy bodies, strong intellects, and lots of love from their parents. These fundamental blessings, along with the gospel, will hopefully lead each of our children to happiness.

Love my boy, and love my husband for being worthy to bless our children.

9 comments:

Lois Ann said...

He is a darling, darling boy, with very loving parents and two adoring sisters. Plus your prose is always marvelous.

Lori Gerten said...

I love your family. Dan really is a stand up guy. Love you!

Becky in Wyo said...

AWESOME!!!

Hey, there were actually a few good pics in that big bunch out by the pine tree. Just goes to show that there is virtue in having an itchy trigger finger...

Becky in Wyo said...

And the ones of Mac on the bed are adorable, of course :-)

Love ya!

P.S. Keep the shoes, if you wish. It's not worth mailing them. He's due for a new pair, anyway.

Apis Melliflora said...

All good gifts...
Dan's words were inspired and full of love.
Glad it was a joyous day for all.
Mac is the cutest, cutest boy.

Katy-did said...

You are so lucky to have such a cute family and such a good hubby that can bless your Babes!
Sorry that I could not come, but I hope to hit you up for a fun weekend this summer!! LOVE YOU!

The Dragonfly said...

It's official - he is too darling for words. Those eyes are KILLING ME. Love it!

Stacey Gerlach Moe said...

That is just beautiful, Susan! And what a cutie!!!!

The Queen Vee said...

Sue, you've left me teary eyed. Love those pictures, what a sweet handsome boy. Those eyes, that smile....he has stolen my heart. Thanks for sharing the pictures and thoughts about Mac's blessing, very special.