I often wonder if you will ever know how much you are loved; how many prayers your dad and I said hoping that someday you would join our family. From the moment your brother Jonah left this earth, we prayed each night for you to come. Not just us. Everyone. Your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, our friends, and neighbors, we all sent our prayers up to heaven hoping they would be heard. And then one day you arrived, and it seemed like you were always here with us, and all of the struggle faded and things felt right in the world again.
When I look in your eyes I wonder what you will be. Clara is so full of wonder and Simon full of deep soulful stares. I hope you will become everything you can be. There will be times when you won’t realize all you can be. I hope you will let us, your parents, remind you. We will try to give you a safe space to grow and explore and learn. We cannot protect you from all of the struggles of life, because those are important too. And although we can’t remove your obstacles we promise will walk through them with you. We will help you carry any heavy loads and cry with you when life is hard. And when life is beautiful, sometimes overwhelmingly beautiful, we will laugh and play and celebrate with you. We will rejoice as you succeed and love and overcome. We will cherish the days when life feels soft and welcoming. Today was your blessing day. You were encircled and held by good men who love you, while your gentle father blessed you to have faith, to serve your fellow man, to trust your parents, and to be leaders. The women who love you surrounded them, and supported them, and whispered their own prayers for you up to heaven.
Clara June when you hear your name I hope you will remember the strong, loving, and righteous women who have come before you. Not just your namesakes, but your aunts, and grandmothers, and cousins. These women have shaped your family through incredible sacrifice, tears, and faith. They have opened the way for you to live a happy life.
Simon Max when you hear your name I hope you will remember its meaning; God has heard. To me, you are a living witness that God truly does hear and answer prayers.
Before the blessing your father spoke Jonah's name, and reminded us all of your beautiful older brother. I often wonder what role he will play in your life. Will you feel his presence? Will he help you in your trials? Will he whisper to you when you don't know which way to turn? I hope and believe he will. He had a kind heart and a wise soul. I hope that if you ever feel him near you will notice and listen.
We are so grateful for you, our children. It is a blessing to have you in our home. It is a blessing to be your mother. It is a blessing to know that we can be a family forever.
You will always have our whole hearts and all our love.