Ok, so it’s Friday and I’m finally getting to this. All the pictures, and a couple videos of my little ones are on Flickr. Too much drama to put them here 😦 I like the way the whole post looks better at my other blog.
Father’s Day started off at church, where we dedicated our precious baby girl. I’ve always liked how our church does baby/child dedications. After being called up to the stage parents read a statement of dedication, hand the child to the pastor who prays for the family and the child, the church recites a statement/commitment to partner with the family and then dads walk the child around the sanctuary while everyone sings Jesus Loves You. I’m usually in tears every time and barely held it together with both of my kids … only because Andy does the reading of the statement!
When Stephan was dedicated our pastor did the prayer. We loved that way back he’d been Andy’s parents youth pastor and had also prayed at their wedding. He has recently retired, so we asked our friend, who happens to be the children’s pastor to do the ceremony.
Here’s our dedication statement. The only thing we changed from Stephan’s was the first part.
Violette’s Dedication Statement
Violette, we are so blessed that God has given you to us. Through your joyful heart and incessant smiles we have seen God remind us and others that He is our hope and joy and that his plan is perfect. We are amazed that already He has used you to encourage us and those around you, and we cannot wait to see His plan for you unfold.
As with your brother before you we pray that you will love the Lord as your family has for generations before you. We promise to raise you in a home where the Lord is first, and to model as best we can a life of service to Him. We promise to pray for you daily, and we will always love you more then you may understand.
Like the Bible says in Proverbs 3:5 and 6, may you always “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”
In case you are curious, here’s the beginning of Stephan’s: Stephan, we are so blessed that God has given you to us. We are thankful for your joyful and happy heart and how we can already see that God has given you a gift to reach out to everyone you meet and bring them joy as well.