Barrett's Baby Blessing – April 10, 2016

April 17, 2016
Saturday night, I made sure I had the girl's snacks in their own separate bags, toys, and books (distractions) ready to go and even laid out Barrett's outfit for the next day. Blessing days are just about my favorite days. It's the day that I really get to see Andrew's testimony in action and the day where I get a peek into my baby's future. And it's the day when I'm reminded how much the Lord loves us, especially the child he's lending me and Andrew for a little while.

It's also the day I feel overwhelmed by the love and support of my family! I am so grateful to be living so close to my family! They are such amazing examples to me and I get teary-eyed just thinking about it!

We are so blessed to have all these wonderful people (and more) in our lives!

The Stange Family: Generations
Doesn't that sound like a movie title?

Don't mind the hungry baby...

Now you know where I get it from! Isn't my mom so beautiful?!
Also, the two of them together look like the Fourth of July.

And now you know where Andrew's sisters get it from!

You would not BELIEVE how long it took us to get this one good picture! #timeforbed

The beautiful Aunt Kara had to show them how it was done! (the girls call her Aunt Carrot)

I found his cute white dress shirt/onesie and pants from a kid's-clothes resale store (Kid-Kid) and picked out the stitches that attached the collar to the neck because I wasn't loving the look of the collar on my baby, then I made his cute little vest out of leftover corduroy. I love how it all came together!

The blessing itself was so beautiful and so perfect. I teared up a little as I was taking notes when I heard Andrew say "I bless you with a desire to serve a mission to bring your brothers and sister back to the fold." It is so important to me that my sons (and my daughters if they feel called to do so) serve missions, and the Lord knows it. That one little facet of Barrett's blessing spoke so much peace to my soul.

He was also blessed with a love for our family and a desire to have his own family to be sealed to. What more could a mother wish for her son?

As all the men who were gathered around Barrett for the blessing began walking back to take their seats, Chelsea gave each of them a hug. Haha! It was so sweet, and then Andrew sat down with Barrett in his arms (who had been awake for the entire blessing, but totally peaceful) and spent the next few minutes smiling at him, just to watch him smile back.

I am so grateful for the priesthood and that my husband worthily holds that Priesthood, allowing him to bless me and our children. His example is a rock of foundation that our family stands firmly on. I thank my Heavenly Father every day for Andrew.

What better way to start your life than with a blessing and words of comfort and encouragement from a loving Father in Heaven?! I know that He loves all of His children and has a plan for us all. As long as we listen to Him and follow His council, He will direct us for our good.

What do you believe? Leave a comment!

Happy Sunday!


  1. Such a precious memory! What exactly is a blessing? We dedicated Jack last week, which was basically us promising we will do our best to raise him to follow God, but I've never heard of a blessing!

    1. Hi Chelsea! Thanks for asking! I sent you a message with a more in-depth answer, but for anyone else reading, these two websites will help you understand. Thank you so much for asking! I love answering these questions!

  2. Oh happy day! What a handsome little fella! Ummmm Barrett is such a cool name! Will you call him Bare? Bear? Hahaha I LOOOOVE it!

    1. Thank you! I LOVE his name! We have a few reasons we chose it.

      1) we love it 2)it's German and Andrew's family is German 3)I can call him Barry like Barry Allen from the Flash #nerd 4) Andrew can call him Bear and he says that's just awesome 5) I can call him my little cub and I really am Mama Bear.

      So basically, it's the best name ever. ;) Thank you so much for your comment!


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