Friday, November 19, 2010

Emily's Baby Dedication Weekend

Here are the pictures from our busy weekend that I posted about earlier. Brad and I got to go on a date-ish....we went to dinner with a new Peds-Surg fellow and his wife that will be moving to LR in June. They were very sweet and we look forward to their arrival. (Notice the hair!)
The next pics are from the fun filled days the girls had with Nana Deb and Nik. It was nice and warm one day, then really cold the next. Either way, they always have fun!

Finally, the baby dedication ceremony! It was really nice- our church has a very intimate, meaningful celebration with friends and family. It was held in the theater of our church which is where we have "Wee Worship" and other children's programs. There were only 5 babies being dedicated, but the room was full! I was so thankful that we had Deb and Nik there with us, and our sweet friends, The Munsons. It meant so much to us to have you there despite your busy, demanding schedules. It is hard being away from family and friends, but you cushioned it for us by supporting us that day. Thank you! So, the celebration was about an hour long...a bit long to hold a toddler and sick baby in my opinion. You will notice that the pictures show a dwindling of sorts....every one's happy and put together at first, then shoes come off, tights soon to follow, tears start to got a little ugly towards the end, but we made it! We had refreshments first, then listened to our children's minister and wife share some goals for us as parents, then we shared what we had learned/prepared after listening to 3 messages on our own time. Brad and I both wrote Emily a letter, we decided upon habits/practices that our family will incorporate into our daily routines, and we discussed the character traits and attributes that we hope to leave our children with when they leave our nest one day. At the end, they had our family/friends pray over us. So it was very sweet, just a little hard to juggle. Thankfully we had help:)

Caroline's "CHEESE!!!" smile

Caroline with her posse of Munson Men :) She absolutely adores them....and I think they like her a little bit too.

Our crew! This picture makes me smile...for many reasons...but it captures our life perfectly!

Enjoying refreshments...

Being announced to the crowd with picture up on the big screen

AND GET THIS...Anyone who was with us at Caroline's dedication witnessed her shoe eating. Well, the SAME pair of shoes was slobbered on this day as well. So sweet...priceless. Maybe I should taste those shoes?!?

This was post Caroline-break down, get us out of here before Emily loses it, run as fast as you can to the van pose.
It really was a special day. I am thankful our church takes so much time and effort into helping parents down the right path with their babies. I am happy to be the first and foremost witness for Christ in their lives, but also am happy we have such a fabulous church that is focused on sharing the truth with them at early ages.

And now a video....of Nana and the leaves! :)

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