Addilyn’s Baby Dedication

Addilyn was dedicated yesterday, July 14, 2013.  We are really blessed to have an amazing church and we couldn’t wait for this special day!IMG_8641

We believe the bible instructs us as Christians to dedicate our children to the Lord.  Basically committing to doing everything in our power to raise the child in a godly way, prayerfully until the child is old enough to make the decision to follow God for herself.

I loved our church’s explanation:

“The ‘act of dedicating a child to the Lord’ is presenting the parents before the congregation as Christians who are committing themselves to live Godly lives before that child and are indicating a wholehearted willingness to rear that child to come to know the Lord Jesus Christ as his/her personal Savior.”

I was dedicated as a child and it is a really important day.  Scott and I have been looking forward to this special day for a long time and were so happy we had 25+ friends and family members there to celebrate with us!

Ps. Sharon greeting Addilyn. There were 2 other families dedicating baby’s the same day!

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Addi on the big screen!

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All 3 of us on the big screen…IMG_8546

Praying over Addilyn as a young life and Scott and I as parents…

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It was beautiful.  They gave Addilyn a bible and framed certificate and I got a beautiful bouquet of flowers ❤

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Happy Mommy!IMG_8563

Proud Daddy!

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I’ve never had to take Addilyn out of a church service because of her crying or ‘talking’.  For some reason, I thought today was going to be the day because she didn’t nap before we came and since we had to arrive to church early to prep for dedication, she ate at 9:00am and I just knew she would get hungry and fussy during service.  WRONG.  She was an angel.  She was great through the whole worship service just looking around and grinning at everyone in sight.  Then we did the dedication and she was perfect, we sat back down and she fell asleep on me and didn’t wake up until the closing prayer!  I don’t know why I ever doubt her.  She is seriously perfect and has never been a cranky-pants at a bad time.  I feel like I’m living a dream.

After service we snapped a few photos of us.  We color-coordinated 🙂 Mint and White!  Scott wasn’t on board at first, but then he went to Kohls and came back with a mint shirt…haha, I guess I convinced him!

IMG_8567 IMG_8570 IMG_8573You really can’t see Addilyn’s dress very well, but it is seriously adorable!  I’m not thrilled with the photos with the blue wall behind us 😦 It kind of clashes.  So I’m going to get us all dressed up again and have my sister take some photos of us outside somewhere.  Her dress is too cute not to get more pictures in!

After that, Scott ran to go pick up the firehouse subs platter and I ran home to change and feed Addilyn.  Everyone else headed to the local park hoping to find some picnic tables in the shade.  I was praying the whole drive that the rain would hold off and that we would find a nice shady spot.  We had great-grandparents coming and I didn’t want them sitting in the hot sun!

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Scott’s Dad found the perfect spot with plenty of shade, picnic tables and BREEZE!  It was glorious!IMG_8580 IMG_8581

It worked out so perfectly, especially considering Scott and I came up with the “after party” idea the night before!

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I was so glad Josh and his wife, Amanda were able to come.  Their sweet little Aubrey was born in May, right after Addilyn.  I’ve known Josh and Amanda for 18 years!

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SIL Brittany and her son Jacob…she is pregnant with baby #2 and we all are curious if it will be a boy or girl!

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Addilyn with her ‘stepuncle’ Jordan.  We call him the ‘stepuncle’, said as one word 🙂

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She also got to spend time with her Great-Grandparents.  I think she looks like me in the picture below 😀  I feel like I make that face..ha!IMG_8602 IMG_8603 IMG_8604 IMG_8609

This is a special picture.  4 generations.  Addilyn’s great-grandma Murray is 85 years old.  Still lives on her own and just stopped driving a couple months ago.  She is still sharp as can be too!

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Auntie KateIMG_8631 IMG_8634

I secretly was happy she was getting a little fussy and tired, because that meant I was able to steal her away and cuddle with her!  The amount of love I have for her is not even explainable.  As much as I’d love to have more kids and be able to experience pregnancy, birth and bring a new life into this world again…Addilyn is so perfect, that if she was the only child God blessed me with, I would be very happy. ❤IMG_8637 IMG_8640

The ‘selfie’ I took while I stole her away from everyone so she could have some ‘mommy-time’.photo-1

Addilyn is so loved and we are so thankful we have such amazing family surrounding us.  What an amazing day!

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