Evelyn Faye’s Baby Blessing

The leading reason for this blog is to keep a journal.  I was a major journal-keeper when I was younger.  I wrote in my journal every.single.day through jr high, high school, and my early 20′s.  Since getting married, I have been awful at it.  And it really nagged at me.  Aaron taught me to love blogging.  I love that I can use this blog as a journal for our major events.  

Every girl dreams of her wedding dress from the time she’s a little girl.  From the second I knew we were expecting a little girl, I dreamed of her blessing dress.  The process of creating it was very similar.

Marlene Shepherd is a very special person to me.  She is more than just a friend and neighbor.  She loved me like one of her own children.  She is an incredibly talented and skilled seamstress.  She has made every important dress I’ve worn, including my blessing dress, all my dance dresses, my wedding dress, and my temple dress.  It was only fitting that she would make my daughter’s blessing dress.

Of course we needed to take a picture of Evelyn Faye wearing my blessing dress.

Evelyn Faye Blessing

My mom, my mother in law, me, and Evelyn all packed up and went to Marlene’s house to design and come up with a plan for this special dress.  It was the quintessential planning committee.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

We went through boxes of patterns, and tons of pictures on Pinterest, and lots of fabric samples.  Evelyn had a good time hanging out in them.  It was so fun to have the grandmas involved.  :)

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

This was the design we came up with for her sweet dress.   It had a peter pan collar, with a half circle skirt and lace overlay.  We decided to go with an ivory satin instead of a bright white.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

This was the finished product!  Marlene is incredible.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

Evelyn looked like such an angel in it.  She’s quite sassy.  Taking names, and throwing punches.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

This was the morning while we were finishing getting ready for church.  I’ve never seen anything sweeter.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

She had been really sick the week leading up to this, so we were really nervous how she would do.  She had been really really fussy all week long.  But she slept the whole time.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

March 2nd was an extra special blessing day.  Evelyn got to share it with her 2nd cousin Felix.  My cousin Adam & his wife Beth got to bless Felix on the same day.  We love being in the same ward as them.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

Every day it’s still so surreal that she is my daughter.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

Evelyn is a complete miracle to us.  She is the most beautiful and perfect manifestation of our love and God’s love for us.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

I would do anything to keep her safe from any unkind thing in this world.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

This is a special rocking chair made for her by her Grandpa Burton.  He makes a rocking chair for each of his grandchildren to give them on their blessing day.  He also made one for her dolly.

Evelyn Faye's Baby Blessing

Having Evelyn has brought so much gladness into my life.  It has strengthened my relationship with my own parents.  It has strengthened my relationship with my inlaws.  It has strengthened my relationship with God.  I find that my prayers are a lot more heartfelt and earnest.  I pray for her safety and well being.  I sacrifice myself and my desires to take care of her needs.  I cling to the Savior for strength in ways I never did before.  I’m so grateful for motherhood and the ways it has changed me.

10 thoughts on “Evelyn Faye’s Baby Blessing”

  1. Omg so sweeeet! What a gorgeous dress!!!! So nice that you have such amazing friends and family. Those rocking chairs?! Adorable…she’s so beautiful! I don’t think it will ever NOT be surreal she’s yours :)

    1. Thanks Nicole! Everything was so special :) And aren’t those rocking chairs just perfect? I’m excited for when she can sit up on her own so she can sit and play in her chair.

  2. So so so precious!!! Her dress is to die for, very well done! My heart really relates to all your words Kenz, our babies are complete miracles & the most priceless gifts from god! We are so lucky to be parents to such angels! This makes me excited for Brixs blessing this Sunday, such a special day!

    1. We definitely are the luckiest mummas in the world :) Brix is such a handsome lil man. I hope everything goes perfect for his special day. I can’t wait to see pictures. You are such a good example to me, and I’m glad we’re friends!

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I love that my dad makes those rocking chairs. He is such a great wood worker. That’s where I inherited my love of all things tools

  3. First of all, she is simply gorgeous. I mean, wow. And that dress? It’s priceless. What a fun thing to share with so many women who love you and E.

    Also – I wonder where she gets her sass? Must come from her dad’s side? ;)

    I looooove that rocking chair. What a precious gift.

    You, my friend, are gorgeous. They say that pregnancy gives a glow. But for you, motherhood gives a glow. You are radiant.

    Finally, the picture of her on the pennant quilt made me teary. I’m so happy that she’s able to get some warmth and comfort from it.

    1. Oh Kim… there aren’t enough words for how much I love you. I was so touched that you made us that beautiful quilt in the first place. I love to use it to snuggle Evelyn. I’m always sure to remind her how many people there are in this world who love her. YOU are such a great example of motherhood to me. I watch the way you are with Henry, and all the fun things you do with him and for him, and I want to be like that. You inspire me to be better. Thank you for your love and friendship :)

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