Monday, October 12, 2009

Eliza's Blessing

We blessed Eliza this Sunday. My goodness this little one is blessed to come to earth with so much love and support already in place. Since I don't do a baby book, all the information for it will be here.
There was a wonderful turnout. Eliza is the last child that will be born to this generation on both sides of the family. The list of people in her circle were as follows: Jason (Daddy), Gary (Grandpa F), Dan (Grandpa B), Steve, Matt, Bret, Bob (Uncles), Jordan, Ben, Jeff (Cousins), Larry, Tim (friends). Jason gave her a beautiful blessing - we all cried. And apparently she woke up and was perfect during the blessing. Then all the family and friends came over to our house afterwards. Check out this group!
Jason helped me get the house spotless (with my typical week-long schedule following Laura's b-day party it was not bad) and the Moms helped me like crazy with the food. And, thanks to the planning and the help, there was no craziness to get it all together the day of.

(Melinda's parents)

(Jason's parents and Paternal Grandma)
The menu was a potato bar (65 potatoes) with butter, cheese, chives, sour cream and bacon. It worked great for the huge group and satisfied at lunch time without too much mess, stress or expense. My mom did fruit and chives and Jason's mom did veggies. My girlfriends, Steph and Karyn, (with help from my sis and the moms) kept everything great on the buffet and cleaned up for me. Thank you girls!

(Friends Stephanie, Larry and son Creed)

(Friend Karyn)
It was so great to be surrounded by family. Eliza was so good natured and hosted a great party. She looked beautiful in her dress (a gift from my Mom - love this tradition) that featured my favorite girly detail - smocking. We got a picture of everyone that was there, so if she ever wonders if she is loved, we'll show her how much.

(Melinda's brother Steve's family: Jennifer, Jeff, Becca, Joey, Alex and Kaitlyn - Steve had to run right after the blessing ceremony and perform bishop-ly duties)

(Melinda's sister Tana's family: Tana, Matt, Jordan, Heather and Garrett. Melissa Nicole and Ben)
(Jason's brother Todd's family: Todd, Tyler, Rylie, Taryn)

(Jason's sister Keri's family: Keri, Bob, Keslie, Bryson, McKenzie, TJ, Emily, Aysha)

(Jason's brother Bret's family: Bret, Aaron, Jacob, Sophie)

Thank you everyone for your love and support!


  1. Everyone looks so good. Wish we could have been there! Eliza is beautiful!

  2. We had a wonderful time. It was great to see everyone. You did a great job Melinda and we coudln't love little Eliza more! She is beautiful.

  3. What a wonderful day we all experienced! Everyone was filled with love for one another and for the gospel that binds us together. It is a great blessing to be part of such a beautiful big family.

    Melinda, your blog entry is a priceless keepsake journal entry. Sweet Eliza will cherish it one day.

  4. What a wonderful day and so awesome that so many people could be there to celebrate!

  5. What a beautiful family, beautiful precious baby and beautiful day.

    Melinda you did such a great job in planning and putting it all together.

    We are so blessed to be a part of such an awesome family who love and support one another.