Sunday, July 15th, 2012 was Benson's blessing day in church. His daddy had the opportunity to hold him and give him a name that he would officially be known on the records of the church and also to give him a priesthood blessing. This is an honor for a father and something I know Ben was looking forward to. Ben stood in a circle with 12 of our closest male family members and friends holding Benson in his hands and blessed him to know and understand the sacrifice and love that got him here. He talked of the healing that he had brought in his entering our family and of the happiness and closeness he had brought. He mentioned that Benson would be blessed to remember the feelings he had felt in the temple the day before. He talked of him someday holding the priesthood himself. One thing that I loved that was said in the blessing was that Benson would know me, his mother, and that he would cherish me. :) The blessing was short and sweet, but the spirit was strong. They came back and sat down next to me and Ben leaned over to me and said "It's done, it's all done". What a relief! Since the day we were chosen to be Benson's parents, we have looked forward to his birth, then placement day, then being able to come home to Utah, then finalization, his sealing and his blessing. This was it!!! Now we just get to look forward to being a family and moving forward with everyday life.
We are so blessed with so many family members and loved ones that came to participate in and support us in this special day. Ben's parents and siblings drove all the way from Oregon to be there and then provided all of the food after the blessing. They stood by the stove practically the whole afternoon feeding everyone. Our house was packed with so many people. When my niece Avery walked into the house she turned to her mom and said, "How does EVERYONE know Benson?". It truly did feel like that. He is one loved little boy and that day was just a glimpse of the people who love him, who have been hoping and praying for this day, and who were finally there together to celebrate our forever family. Thank you!
We missed Kristen and Nolan and their family, but lucky for us they came into town the next week.