Tuesday, April 19, 2011

The Miracle of Life

It's been a long time since I've posted anything on my blog... mostly because (don't laugh at me) I couldn't remember how to get to it. But I've had a lot of things come to mind lately that I've wanted to share. For those of you who aren't aware, I was married in the temple, sealed for all eternity to Joseph Richins, the love of my forever on June 17, 2010. Since then, we've moved to Provo, UT to finish up our educations at BYU. I am now 7 months pregnant with a beautiful baby girl to come around June 24, 2011--real close to our first anniversary.

When thinking about the miracle of this little life growing inside of me, I've thought a lot about how many women have carried children throughout the ages and about the love and responsibility of mothers. When thinking about what to name my baby girl, I thought about the strong women in my family and my respect and gratitude for them (after all, without the women in this world, none of us would be here!). My thoughts immediately went to my grandmother Juanita Belle Fishburn (maiden name PACK). Joseph and I decided on the name Elena Belle Richins for our little one, because we want her to be strong like my grandmother and have the same good qualities she had.

It's amazing to see how family traits really do get passed down the line. I inherited my love for reading from my maternal grandmother, Alice Humphrey (maiden name GREENE). My musical talent comes from my dad's side of the family, from my grandpa Obie and grandma Juanita. And I've realized that, upon merging families through marriage and having a baby of my own, that I get the pleasure of seeing who my children will take after when they grow. Luckily for me, there are plenty of amazing people on both sides of mine and Joseph's families. I can't wait to see who she becomes, my little Baby Belle.