Thursday, June 15, 2017

On the Day You Were Born

Our sweet little "Grace" was born early in the morning. Later that afternoon, after we were able to get a little rest, her siblings all came down to the hospital to see her and hold her for the first time.

"Mom, it must smell reallllyyy good inside your tummy!"

I asked if he'd like to hold her for a few more minutes or let someone else hold her. His response: 
"I want to hold her FOREVER!"

This was actually the only time we have all been together since her birth. The five oldest left with their dad the next morning to travel to their grandfather's funeral... I wish I could have been there too. They are on their way home now though and we will all be together again tomorrow night! 

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Grace upon Grace

I know it was all the prayers and extra graces from God that got me through the past nine months and this challenging pregnancy... It's so fitting that she was born on June 8th, on the traditional feast of Mary, Mediatrix of all Graces. I think we'll nickname her "Grace" here on the blog.

With her birth just two days after the death of my father-in-law, my husband's brother (Father D. Gordon) pointed out that the name we choose happens to mean Resurrection.  A friend also shared the morning prayer (Divine Office) for June 8th with us, which is also so beautifully fitting:

"I will turn their mourning into joy, 
I will console and gladden them after their sorrows."

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Birthday: June 8, 2017
Time: 1:56 AM
Weight: 6 pounds 15 ounces
Length: 19.5 inches

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Congratulations to her oldest brother, who not only was the person who told me that I was pregnant before I had even considered it a possibility - ("Mom, are you sure you aren't pregnant? This is not your usual sick... this is your pregnant sick!") - but was also the person to win the baby hunch online pool for guessing the closest (date, time, length, coloring, etc) before she was born! (Charlotte and my sister-in-law Meagan were so close to winning too!) 

I'm enjoying having another baby girl so very much! Before we were discharged from the hospital this afternoon, I had a little fun dressing her up to bring home, in her new rose covered gown, and taking a few pictures with the letter board the girls and I had started filling out before her birth (just needed a couple changes) and the cute little bunny her cousin gave her at the hospital yesterday!

My sister-in-law picked us up from the hospital and brought us home. It's so quite here at home with just the baby, while most of the family on their way to Arizona for my father-in-law's funeral and our other two little ones are staying one more night with my parents. Last night was the first time they had ever spent the night at their grandparent's home and they are enjoying the treat! Please continue to keep our family in your prayers.

I'll probably take down this picture after a little while (or update with her blog name), but wanted to share her name with all my dear visitors here at Shower of Roses. Her patron saints tie in to her pregnancy in little ways. All her siblings found out she was going to be a girl on Christmas Eve... There is also a little nod to St. Therese who I'm sure had something to do with her unlikely conception at the beginning of October. God is good!

Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces, pray for us! 
St. Thérèse of Lisieux, pray for us!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Prayer for a Happy Delivery

Mother Love Prayer BookWatercolor Rose Swaddle Blanket

One more prayer request... In addition to praying for the repose of the soul of my dear father-in-law, who passed away yesterday, could you offer an extra little prayer for me and our baby girl? I'm in labor and have been admitted to the hospital. Looks like she is on her way! ❤️🙏🏻🌹 

Mary, Mediatrix of All Graces, Ora Pro Nobis!

Instagram Update: Thank you all for the prayers! Our beautiful little girl is here! Everything went really well and she arrived at 1:56 AM this morning, June 8, 2017, weighing in at 6 pounds 15 ounces and measuring 19.5 inches. God is good!

One of my favorite captured moments from today 💕
She prefers to be held all the time, but I don't mind. #whoneedssleep #twodaysold

+ Requiescat in Pace +

In paradisum deducant te angeli,
May the angels lead you into paradise,


in tuo adventu suscipiant te martyres,
may the martyrs receive you in your coming,

et perducant te in civitatem sanctam Jerusalem.
and may they guide you into the holy city, Jerusalem.


Chorus angelorum te suscipiat,
May the chorus of angels receive you

et cum Lazaro quondam paupere
and with Lazarus once poor

aeternam habeas requiem.
may you have eternal rest

Please pray for the repose of the soul of James Patrick Gordon, Jr. I'm going to miss this amazing Irishman, inspirational father of five (a daughter, three priests, and my husband), and loving grandfather. He passed away much sooner than expected yesterday morning, June 6, 2017.

Update: There will be a wake at the funeral home 6 - 10 pm Sunday, June 11th and funeral mass at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Nogales, at 10 am Monday, June 12th. Please say a prayer for the safety of all those who are traveling to attend, including my husband and our five oldest children.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace. Amen.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Murphy Family Reunion

All of my siblings are in town this weekend for a Murphy family reunion! It's the first time all 12 of us have been together at the same time in over 13 YEARS! I figured this would be the day I'd go into labor... #murphyslaw ... but I made it and we were even able to get some family photos including a fun reenactment of one from 21 years ago! #ilovemycrazyfamily #firstbornoftwelve #sixgirlssixboys

Here is one with us all lined up by age starting with the youngest...

... and one more with husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, and all but four of the grandchildren. 

While the cameras were out we got a family picture too! Sean and our oldest son have arrived back home again after spending 2 1/2 weeks in Arizona caring for my father-in-law, who is currently suffering greatly due to rapid stage 4 cancer. I'm so sad he had to leave, but also relieved that he will be here for the birth of our little girl whenever she decides to arrive.