Just a couple of notes first. All of the photos in this post are from before or after the actual ceremony. During the ceremony my camera was being used to film everything. We held the ceremony back in the woods by a small waterfall just off our property. All of the music selections were left to the discretion of the musicians. They each choose which song they wanted to give to the children as a gift.
We chose my dear friend Molli to act as guardian to Màiri. And our good friend and neighbor Seal stood in as guardian for Galen.
This is just a basic outline, obviously, not word for word.
I asked them what they would like to do for the little ones. Iain chose to sing “The Rainbow Connection” and Elijah played “Rock-a-bye Baby” on the recorder. Each performance was followed up with my sisters pledging to support them and guide them in their role as big brothers.
We named you Galen, for it means ‘healer’ and ‘calm’ and you came to us at a difficult time in our lives and healed a part of our hearts. You share the middle name Michael with me. And Millar is the maiden name of your Great-Grandmother.
Iain and Elijah flap rainbow scarf over Galen
Once upon a time there was a little star child. For a long, long time he flew from star to star collecting light and music from all around him. One day the little star child went to the sun. It was a place of warmth shining like gold. There the birds, bees and butterflies sang to him of love. Next he went to the moon clean and glowing like new snow. From the moon he saw the most beautiful place- a place of flowers, trees, rolling oceans and four special souls who seemed to be smiling up at him. The little star child decided to use his gifts of light and music to cross over the rainbow bridge where a father, a mother and two brothers had been waiting for him. And so the star child came to his new home on earth…
Galen is held by Melody and Steve as the story continues
And his parents loved him the moment they saw him and they called him Galen Michael Millar and his name was Galen Michael Millar. And it was a cool, clear, morning when he was born and the sun smiled down it’s greeting warm and glowing upon him. Galen quickly settled into life in his new home and laughed for the first time when he was a week old. He giggled and smiled through sweet, sweet dreams.
And then Galen was one.
And he played peak-a-boo with Daddy’s shirt, “Uuuuup!”, “Dooown” and rubbed his belly. He loved to “Hop up my Ladies” and hum little tunes all day long. He climbed and played and got into mischief and grew.
And then Galen was two
And he got his very own teddy bear and carried him everywhere. He sang “Goodbye Old Paint” at chorus and loved spending time with E-Daddy.
And now Galen is three.
He became a big brother because Màiri was born and he sings to her and rocks her back and forth and gets sad if he doesn’t get a “holding of her” He is everyone’s “little helper boy”. He wants to grow gardens and be a cowboy. He is “getting bigger to use a saw”.
Galen has grown strong and beautiful, funny, sweet and kind and we are blessed to have him in our lives.
Then Seal said a few words about her role in his life.
We have named you Màiri, meaning ‘wished-for child’, after your Grandmother Marie —- and your Great-Grandmother Mary —-. The name Rose was given to you by your brothers.
Remember the sky that you were born under,
Know each of the stars stories.
Remember the moon, know who she is.
Remember the sun’s birth at dawn that is the
Strongest point of time. Remember sundown
And the giving away to night.
Remember your birth, how your mother struggled
To give you form and breathe. You are evidence of
Her life, and her mother’s and hers.
Remember your father. He is your life also.
Remember the earth whose skin you are:
Red earth, black earth, yellow earth, white earth
Brown earth, we are earth.
Remember the plants, trees, animal life who all have their
Tribes, their families, their histories too. Talk to them,
Listen to them. They are alive poems.
Remember the wind. Remember her voice.
She knows the origin of this universe.
And that this universe is you.
Remember that all is in motion, is growing, is you.
Remember that language comes from this.
Remember the dance that language is, that life is.
(rubbing water from the brook on top of her head)
You are connected, protected, loved, and blessed by the Divine.
(rubbing water on her forehead)
All your senses are blessed, protected, and awakened.
(rubbing the water over her heart)
Your heart is blessed so that you may feel compassion for yourself and others.
(rubbing the water on both her hands)
Your hands are blessed so that you may reach out to the world.
(rubbing the water on her feet)
Your feet are blessed so that you may connect with the earth, be grounded, and stand your ground in this world. Know that your spirit is strong and it will guide you through this life. Know that you are being watched over and that you are never alone. Know that you are deeply loved and that your presence brings overwhelming joy.
To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.