Just adding in Steven Joseph on this continuing poem I wrote a few years ago. I've been going back and adding labels to my entries from past years, having fun looking back at old posts. Here's one of my favorites!
Our Five Blessings
On a sunny day in springtime
Here I ran to tell your daddy
Now a new life I was holding
God in all his goodness blessing
Then for many months we waited.
On a New Year’s Day in winter
Started many grueling hours
As you slowly came to meet us
We would name you Mary Clare.
Mary, like the Blessed Virgin
You will lead us to the Savior
Your sweet face will bring us laughter
Rosy cheeks so round and lovely
Little smile to melt all sadness
Like St. Clare you shine so brightly
Now our baby holds our heart.
On another day in winter
Now our toddler, she is growing
And we find there is another
But before we knew He made her
She was gone before we knew.
Now to dwell with saints and angels
Little Agnes God has chosen
Little lamb who lives with Jesus
Regina for the Queen of angels
The Good Shepherd holds you closely
You pray hard for us we know.
On a crispy day in Autumn
These new kicks I feel inside me
Doctor says you’re growing nicely
A third daughter now she tells us
And we grin to think of sisters
For a lifetime you’ll be friends.
Jen Culotta Photography
On a lovely day in springtime
Here we meet our newest daughter
Sweet Elizabeth Ann Marie
Now her sister looks on proudly
And another smiles from heaven
God is good; our hearts are full.
Golden hair so soft and yellow
Light blue eyes as clear as blue skies
And your lips, a kiss from angels
Sister love and children playing
Adds a new joy to our family
A new wonder every day.
Jen Culotta Photography
On St. Patrick's Day in springtime
We would tell our friends and family
A new baby we'd be holding
At Thanksgiving we'd be blessed
With a new sibling for our daughters
One was giddy with excitement
Prayers were answered we were sure.
An answer not what we expected
This new baby would be joining
His sweet sister now in Heaven
And our own hearts would be pierced.
Augustine Patrick we would name you
For those Bishops strong and faithful
Who led others to the One God
As I'm sure you'll lead us too.
Then not even one month later
Kind Augustine had been praying
For two lines I now was seeing
And our lives were blessed again
This new child would be coming
Just before our Savior's birthday
A firstborn son would grace our family
How his sisters' eyes held hope
As this new baby stole our love.
Named you Steven Joseph Junior
Named you after your proud father
And your saints, the martyred Christian
After Jesus' earthly father
How you looked just like your sisters
Christmas Day was filled with new joy
New Years' with the baptized Christian
Holding close our precious son
Once again a tow-head baby
Grey-blue eyes and lips all pouty
You spend all your days now getting
Into every kind of mischief
But we cannot help but giggle
For the cuteness bubbles over
As our laughter helps us live
In joyous, faithful, watchful hope
As God-willing we keep growing
Each new life His goodness showing
How our God comes down to meet us
In His Son and in our children
New life always helps us see
Just how the loveliness of babies
Is a sign from Him to me.