Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Birthday Blessings

*Birthday blessings received while Altar server siblings assist*
~Our Angel Baby turned 4 last weekend~
It has become a family tradition that we attend Mass on (or near) the birthday person's date of birth.  It kicks off the birthday celebration with what matters most... Thanksgiving to God for our family members.  {Especially since Eucharist means Thanksgiving!}  

I just so happened to be talking to Father the day before Angel Baby's birthday and told him we would love for her to receive a birthday blessing at the following morning Mass.  We were just expecting the blessing when we came forward for Communion.  She received that of course, plus an extra bonus...Father called us forward after the Mass and prayed a special birthday blessing and sprinkled Angel Baby with Holy Water.  She loved that!  
According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a blessing is a "divine and life-giving action" that when applied to human beings, "means adoration and surrender to the Creator in thanksgiving." (1078)
Isn't a blessing to have special priests to bless us all?

Angel Baby enjoyed a pink, ballerina, themed birthday.
She was determined to teach herself how to dance ballet:)  We got her this little Usborne Little Ballerina Dancing book that came with a music CD and she spent hours teaching herself some "moves"!
I captured the best videos to treasure for years to come!

Nothing like a self-taught ballerina with Marian wings.  (She chose blue wings since they were Mary's color:)  Knowing she was named after the Blessed Mother, she often comes up with these little things that surprise bless us.

I conceived Angel Baby shortly after making my Consecration to Jesus, through Mary.  Considered a "later pregnancy,"at Age 42 (sheesh, what do they know?) she was the easiest and most peaceful pregnancy of all 6.  (4th c-section and all) 
This was no coincidence, I say!
The blessings continued with a visit from both sets of Grandparents and a Great Grandma too!

We appreciate these blessings, the older they get...
This is Grandma Sybil and Grandpa Rudy, Angel Baby's fraternal grandparents...both in their 80's;)
[Shhh, we still have a Christmas Village up after Candlemas!]
These are my parents...still in their 60's:)
And here is the Matriarch of our family...
Great Grandma Jackie, just turned 92!
Doesn't she look great?
~Birthday blessings overflowed~
"To utter a blessing is to acknowledge how much we have been blessed by God, even "with every spiritual blessing in the heavens." Eph. 1:3
  Every baptized person is called to be a blessing and to bless...Blessing expresses the basic movement of Christian prayer:  It is a encounter between God and man.
+Blessings to you and yours+


  1. Happy Birthday to your beautiful daughter! Looks like she had a wonderful day.

  2. Happy birthday and God Bless her!!!! What a doll. I love 4!

    I'm 42, but this pregnancy was my worst. (my husband says I say that every time, but I tell you it was!) 6th c-section and all.

    She sounds like a sweetheart!
    This self taught thing reminds me that my oldest was in ballet for like 3 or 4 years and the youngest 2 have been in...ummmm...nothing. My 2nd daughter didn't want to be in anything, she tried it one year and didn't really like it. Might have to get them to self teach...haha!!

    Well, blessings to you all, especially the birthday girl!

  3. What a cutie! Happy Birthday, sweet little Angel Baby!! May you have a blessed year.

    I love that you have your children blessed on/around their birthdays! What a great and special thing to do for them; and something they'll remember their whole lives. They might not remember what gifts they received but they'll remember receiving blessings. :)

    jessica <><

  4. I wonder if our little "later in life" conception will be self-taught in ballet at 4 years of age :) She is so adorable and the blessing was beautiful. Love the older sibs up there with her :) Happy birthday to your beautiful little girl!

  5. birthday blessings to your beautiful angel baby.

    you are blessed to be able share the special day with multiple generations. great grandma jackie looks great, by the way.

    mqy angel baby continue to grow in her devotion to Our Blessed Mother.

    Ad Jesum per Mariam.

  6. Happy blessed birthday to your little Mary girl. I love that photo of Angel Baby in her tutu and wings. i might have to pick up that ballerina book. Your parents are beautiful, as is Great grandmother J, and her daddy's parents as well. what a blessing that your daughter and all your children have all these grandparents in their lives! and what a blessing for you to have this child of God!!

  7. Aw, happy birthday! I turned 45 shortly before our seventh baby was born... she was my easiest pregnancy, my easiest delivery, and my best recovery. I could not have hoped for a better experience, especially since in all likelihood, she is probably our last. Loved all the pictures! +JMJ+

  8. How beautiful! God Bless her and your family!

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  10. LUVed the whole post, but that picture of the priestly birthday blessing touched my heart! Beautiful. GOd bless your sweet girl!


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