My goal for this day was to truly love every moment. It's so funny how the time so quickly passes when I just want it to stand still and soak into my soul. Despite the tape mustache on my baby, I know she was smiling with all the love that was surrounding her. One of the great things Vivi is teaching me is that we don't know what tomorrow will bring. This moment is all I have and no matter what circumstance I am in, I don't know what the future holds. I think we all 'know' this, but is it a conviction that we have to love the most we can in every minute, to squeeze the joy out of each moment, to praise God for every second--REGARDLESS of what the next moment has in store.
Rod and I wanted to go to a healing service Friday night, but at the last minute our plans changed. I had wanted to go for a long time because of the holiness of the man who was conducting it. His name is Carmelo Cortez, a simple man from the Philippines who has extraordinary grace. Along with healing many, he gives each person who comes to him asking prayers at these services a rose petal. Many people who receive these rose petals, in time receive a detailed etching of a religious picture n the petal. It is quite an amazing gift God has given this man. Rod had suggested I call the Holy Spirit Center where the service was to see if Carmelo would come to the hospital to pray over Vivi. I did, and never heard a response. Quite honestly, as the weekend went on, I completely forgot about this call. This morning while I was bathing Vivi, I received a phone call from a woman with broken English. Without any indication of why she wanted to visit me at the hospital, I knew she was Carmelo's host. About 10:30 this morning, it happened in a whirlwind--a man stepped up to my door, put on a mask and walked in. In very limited English, he said, "I am Carmelo, let us pray". His presence demanded reverence as he lead my mom and I in an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be. He then placed his hands on Viv, christened her with Rose Oil and left. Literally I was in a vortex of prayer that lasted maybe 1 minute, but it was powerful and very special. It blessed my heart that this man would take time before he left our city to visit my baby. Vivian is such a special soul. I am reminded everyday how blessed I am to be chosen to be her mother.
Vivi post bath this morning
Grammie Jan and her best girlfriend
Loving my girl! :)
Surpise Guest! Auntie Sue from Green Bay
Mommy napping with my baby
My pretty Baby Girl