Christmas in July! Having a baby girl, I do NOT really want another play room filled with girly toys. No thank you. Can I avoid throwing her birthday parties? j/k, sorta. Too many toys already! But I always like books, and luckily so do my kids. So I'm going to order some for gifts now for them and for other kids. You can too w/ this link if you want. Just look at my Facebook timeline cover, I realized later that it's books!
Usborne books can only be purchased through consultants and museum gift shops (to my knowledge.) Home schoolers (like I was) use them as part of their curriculum too (like my mom did.) Here's my link FYI: https://b4034.myubam.com/54077
So yea, I'm considered a consultant. But I'm not planning on having any parties. I may do online book fairs for my kids' school or something to give the school more books. But no real house parties :) I'm going to get some so I'll be a tiny bit less stressed this fall.
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Julia Rebecka Feger’s blessing
June 29, 2014
Seminole Ward St. Petersburg, Florida Stake
Blessed by her grandfather, Donald Bruce Beckman
Also in the circle, her dad Steven Feger, her bishop Alex Patrick, and her Uncle Mark Harward
Heavenly Father, by the power of the Melchizedek Priesthood which we hold we are gathered here together to give this child a name and a blessing. The name by which she shall be known as is Julia Rebecka Feger.
Julia, we bless you now to understand although you are small in stature, you are large in spirit. You have an abundance of talents and gifts which you will bring to your wonderful family. We bless you to know that Jesus is your savior and he is your older brother. He loves you like our Heavenly Father loves you and brings you all the blessings which you would have. We bless you to be an instrument in His hands as you are a great example among your family, among your neighbors, your friends and in the future your own spouse and family. We bless you to be aware of the sacrifice which your savior has made for all of us, all of us, his brothers and sisters. We ask that Heavenly Father will bless you in knowing that you can enter into the waters of baptism that you will receive personal revelation when you are able to understand the importance of taking the savior and his name upon you, even Jesus Christ and being a disciple.
We bless you to use your free agency, your agency to decide what is right and what is wrong. Discernment which will be yours to be able to provide guidance through the many choices you will have through your life. We bless you to be strong and healthy and be able to help others as well, to be a guiding light when things are dark or scary to be one that people will turn to and that the savior is the light of Christ.
We bless you, Julia, to know that your parents love you dearly. They are providers for you at this time. You have three wonderful brothers that have love for you in their hearts and care for you in their hearts. We ask that you will continue to appreciate the great blessings you are given through them. Julia, we seal this blessing unto you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Every member of the church of Christ having children is to bring them unto the elders before the church, who are to lay their hands upon them in the name of Jesus Christ, and bless them in his name.
It is a sweet day. Through the priesthood, (which was restored to the earth after it was taken away after Christ's death) we can receive blessings. I mean they're like prayers that are given to us as specific people. The worthy priesthood holders hold the baby together. Kids and adults may ask for blessings in time of worry, sickness, or for anything and instead of holding him/her, the men lay their hands upon the person's head.
We usually have baby blessings on the first Sunday of the month when the congregation is fasting and has a chance to go up for an impromptu testimony. But for a baby, exceptions are made. My friend had her baby blessed on June 29th and I asked if I could do join her. She said sure. Her husband is a pilot so would not be there the next weekend. We were going to the Keys the next weekend ourselves plus my dad said that he could come on the 29th! So, last minute, I invited some close friends. And some came!! Corrie and Malia came, my neighbor Eirit came, Marissa and her two kids, one of which was in Isaac's Kindergarten class and that's how we met, came. And Barbie and Clara surprised us too! Steven went early to save seats but didn't know we'd have such a crowd. Most everybody sat in the back. They were probably more comfortable there because a lot of churches have extra rooms for young children so they do not disturb the worship service. We like having the little kid noises and like the families being all together. Next time they come they can sit with us (or we'll sit in the back with them :)
My Three White DressesElder L. Tom Perry shared this poem written by
his daughter which she read at his granddaughter's baptism.
My mom bought me a white dress,I had the idea to make Julia's baby blessing dress out of my wedding dress and my baptism dress. I went and bought a pattern with the lace overlay hoping I would have enough lace left over from my baptism dress. I actually used part of it to make a "temple handkerchief" when I was 11 years old. (I was baptized by my dad at age 8.) I was supposed to keep it until I could go to the temple then I would wipe my happy tears with it because I had remained worthy to enter the temple. I didn't ever take it to the temple, but I had made it into a pillow so I could actually see it. Back in the 80's I had put too much lace around it so it was too bulky to go into a pocket to use it as a real hankie. I displayed the pillow growing up some. Dylan used it for Andre and Barbie's wedding pillow because I sewed a piece of ribbon into the flower I had appliqued on it.
Not red or pink or blue.
She said it was a special dress
Like very other few,
There has been just one before,
A dress now put away,
That I wore some time ago
Upon my blessing day.
As a little baby clothed In my first white dress,
My dad held me in his arms,
There to name and bless.
So pure and clean was I just then,
With time to grow and learn
About the Father's plan for me.
My glory I must earn.
Now I've reached the age to judge
The wrong road from the right,
And I am here to be baptized
In this dress of white.
So once again I'm free from sin.
The path is clear to me.
I'll grasp the rod and hold on tight, I vow with certainty.
Just as mud would stain my dress,
Sin would stain my soul.
The key is to repent or bleach,
For whiteness is my goal.
And if I try my very best,
Then richly blessed I'll be,
Wearing inside God's holy house
White dress number three,
So today I make this pledge:
I'll strive to choose the right,
Through this sacred baptism ordinance
In my second dress of white. (Linda Gay Perry Nelson, 1993)
Back to the blessing dress, I didn't have enough baptism dress lace for the over skirt but we did have enough for the sleeves. I always loved that lace. It's still soft, not scratchy at all and does not need to be hemmed because the edge is so pretty. I had tried to sell my wedding dress once, but the chances of another person wanting a used modest size 6 within driving distance is like zero. And the chances of my own daughter wanting to wear her mom's wedding dress have similar odds. So why not use it. I went to my mom's because she's better at reading patterns. We collaborated but my mom kept trying to find other white fabric she had. She refused to make the first cut into my wedding dress. She's the one who paid for it, does not like waste, and likes the dress! There was nothing wrong with it! So I made the first cut.
I spent a couple of nights with my mom. We used the veil from her wedding dress. Don was wondering why we would cut it until my mom told him it was from her first wedding. He replied "Cut it up!" Funny. That lace is a little scratchy but it doesn't need to touch Julia's skin so it was fine. It's so pretty.
Here are some photos of the day. I made Julia's headband too the night before.
So that's a bit of history on my baby girl's blessing day.
Isaac's Blessing Post http://www.thefegers.blogspot.com/2008/04/isaacs-baby-blessing-at-church.html
Tyler's Blessing Post http://www.thefegers.blogspot.com/2012/01/on-christmas-day-our-little-tyler.html