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Logan’s Baby Blessing

Logan's Elton John Inspired Baby Blessing OutfitWe blessed Logan last Sunday. While having 9 am church has it’s advantages, getting ready both physically and spiritually for what is considered an imprtant life event is not one of them. Jami decided not to set the alarm because Logan typically gets up around 7:30 am to eat. On this particular morning he decided to sleep in and it wasn’t until Jami’s dad called us at 8:10 am that we woke up and realized we needed to hussle if we were going to make it to church on time. Luckily Jami had taken care of most of the neccessities of getting three kids ready the night before so with the added urgency we were somehow able to make it all be seated even before the opening song.

Logan's Adorable Smile! It seemed that the whole ward had overslepped or were sleepwalking as church started. The bishop was gone, nobody knew the random hymn, and it seemed less than half the chapel was full and a good few of those who were there were family and friends attending for Logan or the Oyler’s baby blessing. Even the person assigned to say the opening prayer was MIA and brother Smith from the bishopbric had to fill in.

The blessing went smoothly. As a father it is always a special opportunity to use your priesthood on behalf of your family and the naming and blessing of a child is that first ordinance a child receives in what we hope is a life filled with the gospel of Jesus Christ. As a father it is our opportunity to give blessings that will allow our children to grow in the gospel and achieve the milestones of faithful dedication to the teachings of the church. At the conclusion of the blessing I will never forget looking down and seeing logan’s wide eyed look of amazement and awe. He was good through the whole blessing. Some would undoubtedly attribute that to the “baby bounce” which someone myesteriously started. The baby bounce is a rather mysterious happening in most blessing circles. Nobody ever takes credit for starting it but it never fails that once a blessing starts the body of preisthood collectively begin bouncing the child. It starts harmelssly but I have noticed on a few occassions, if the child becomes upset or if the blessing seems to be going on too long that the pace and magnitude of the blessing begins to increase and at times I have often felt as if there are moments when the child is airborn. Luckily Logan was good and while there was a baby bounce going I never feared for my child’s safety.

After the blessing we were joined by family and friends in our new home to what ammounted to a nice brunch with everything from my mom’s homemade cinammon rolls to a delicious oriental salad prepared by Jenny. When I made a public comment to Jenny about how great her salad tasted, Sarah asked if I felt the same way about her frog-eye salad. I am not a fan of frog-eye salad (not the most appetizing name for a salad which probably doesn’t help it’s cause) and said something to the effect of, ” you know I am not a huge fan of frog I salad…” which made about four other people in the room begin to cringe and sarah to shout out “that is what everyone says!”

At that point I felt obligated to give it a try and to be quite honest it really tasted pretty good. Not sure I am a huge proponent of mixing pasta, fruit and jello on a regular basis but ti Sarah’s credit it was more than edible and a nice addition to the spread.

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