It just so happens that this weekend we are holding our sons blessing ceremony. We use the term God and Goddess parents. These people play a very important part in all of our lives. They become a strong support system for our children and are there to help support them on thier spiritual path, what ever that may manifest itself as. On mothers day and fathers day the kids celebrate that connection through some special time spent together, a home made card etc. These special people have also done something special to honor their relationship by starting a tradition with them or beginning a collection of things for them. It's really quite wonderfull for all involved. We can't wait for the weekend. We have been collecting great food, constructing dried flower head wreathes for the girls to wear, making a cleansing broom, just building up the energy for the day. The circle will be drawn, four corners welcomed in and the introduction of our son will begin. His mouth will be blessed with laughter, his heart with compassion, his feet with the path of enlightenment. etc... Not only will his goddess parents be acknowleged but our dd's will be reafirmed during this ceremony. We have asked that the guests bring a bead for each child with them as a gift and to charge the bead with a wish. We also will ask them to write the wish in a jounal. The beads will be strung into a necklace, they will then be able to carry it with them and add to it as they grow. The journal is the start of thier book of shadows. I'm so excited about this, I can't express how wonderful this already feels and the ceremony hasn't even happened yet. Like I said the energy is building and the Goddess is at work. Hope some of this helps. Thanks for letting me share, I don't have too many people around to do that with when it comes to this.