Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Birthday Blessing

Last year, I shared how I used the principles of Gary Smalley's book The Blessing to honor my husband on our anniversary {click here for a recap}. Smalley also stresses the value and importance of blessing our children. This basic idea is that the child experiences elements of a blessing from the parents. It may happen any number of times a year. With my girls still being young, I haven't implemented this concept as much as I hope to in the future. 

At Ellie's recent Whimsical Fairy Party, I invited individuals that have played an important role in her life. Most of these fall into the step-in grandparent role since our family is so far away. These are the people near and dear to our hearts who have made room in their own hearts for our sweet girl. Therefore, my favorite party of Ellie's birthday is the personal blessings we video record from each of our honored guests. Some of our guests recorded their third video birthday blessing for Ellie this year! We enjoy watching these after the party with Ellie and hope she will appreciate them for years to come.

Here is an example program including some of the ways I have shared with my daughter Ellie the love and value I have for her and others I plan to use:

  • Praying together for her future
  • Count down the days to the party - half the fun for a child is in the anticipation
  • Ask her what food she would like for her special day
  • Make her a homemade gift
  • Bless her with a spoken message using various elements
    • Putting together a slideshow including pictures for each year of her life
    • List several specific things that each parent appreciated about her over the past year
    • Explain how certain character traits will help her become a godly or loving person in the future. {Basically, give her the blessing of hope for the future. For example: "You are such a good helper with baby sister. Someday you are going to be a great mommy.")
  • Write out her birth story starting with the nine months before birth, trip to the hospital and the joy experienced when holding her for the first time.
I hope this gives you some ideas for blessing your children. Would you share your ideas too?

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