Ethan behaved beautifully. He was upset while we were getting ready, but he calmed down after we got him in the car seat. He slept during some of the meeting, but was just quietly alert the rest of the time. He even allowed both of his parents to get up and share their testimonies. He really was just wonderful the whole day.
Here is his blessing, pieced together from notes that Rachel and I took.
. . . The name which we have chosen to give him is Ethan Cameron Fox. Ethan, we bless you that you’ll grow strong in the church and that you’ll grow strong in your body. We bless you to be able to fulfill all the responsibilities Father in Heaven has in mind for you. We bless you that you’ll be a strength and a standard to your family and those around you and your acquaintances. We bless you that you’ll help others, give service, and aid to those who need it. Ethan, you are a special spirit in our family and you’ve come at a good time for us. We bless you that you’ll be good and true. Bless you that you’ll get the strength and the support you need from those around you. Ethan, we bless you to go on a mission when you are of age. We also bless you that you will find a worthy woman and take her to the temple when the time is right and begin to have a family of your own. . .
My dad told Terral after the blessing that he had had an impression that service was to be an important part in Ethan's life. I feel so blessed to have so many worthy priesthood holders in our family. Ethan will have many examples to look to. I'm so grateful that this wonderful little boy is our son!
After sacrament meeting came the part that had stressed me out--the luncheon. In spite of my preparation and lots of help given me, I just wasn't sure that everything would work out, but it all did! By a series of small miracles we had a place to gather as a family (which was way more difficult to find than you might think!), I was able to complete Ethan's blessing outfit, all members of our immediate family were able to come as well as some extended family members, and we had enough food for everyone.
Here are some pictures from the luncheon, which was held at a dance studio thanks to some generous people in our ward.
|Holy Hunt Eyebrows!|
|I'm really bummed that this is the closest thing we got to a family picture. I totally didn't even think about it. :(|
|The younger boys were really cute with Ethan.|
|After lunch was cleaned up, the kids ran wild!|
|. . .while the adults talked about stuff like reunion plans.|