We felt so fortunate that we had over 70 people come from out of town to celebrate Raven’s special day–all of Matt’s siblings and families, many of my siblings and their families, as well as much of my mother’s family as well as some close personal friends. One thing that was said in Raven’s blessing was that she would be blessed with a knowledge and a promise of a loving, supportive family that would be there for her throughout her life.
I’d say that her family is already making good on that promise.
That promise of the support and love of family (both immediate and extended) is a gift I also have enjoyed throughout my life, and it is because of the example I had growing up that makes me determined to “show up” to the important events of those nearest and dearest to me.
In fact, I wrote a post about that very thing about a year and a half ago.
With pregnancy and having a newborn, I haven’t made it out to as many events as I did before. But Sunday was a good reminder to me that it’s important to show up for those important milestones in your loved ones’ lives–even if you don’t even get much of a chance to say much to the person being recognized, the fact that you showed up to show your love and support sometimes means just as much as anything else.
We were so grateful that so many people turned out to show their love and support.
It really was a beautiful day.
Now, on to more pictures!