We recently did Lincoln’s dedication service at church. He was 6 months old, and really you’re supposed to do them much earlier, but it wouldn’t be very characteristic of our family if we did things on time.
One thing I’ve learned about being a mom is that if I try to plan something, things will inevitably go very, very wrong. This dedication is definitely a case-in-point kind of example. The first problem was that the only service available before the end of the year was a night service. If you have children, you can already see where this is going. Kids just aren’t as pleasant in the evenings as they are in the mornings. Strike one against my plan. The second problem was that Mike would be rushing home from a work conference in order for us to even be able to do this service. Time crunch for a family that struggles with getting to church on time anyways is a bad combo. Strike two. And the last and final blow was that my lovely son refused to take a nap on this particular Sunday afternoon. Major strike three. Mr Grumpy Pants showed up in place of my usual happy, smiley child.
The good thing is that none of that really matters, because the purpose of the service is simply for Lincoln’s family to acknowledge that he belongs to God, that he is a blessing to us from God, and to commit to raise him in the Christian faith. All of that was accomplished. It was great to have my dad perform the dedication since he is a pastor and obviously Lincoln’s grandfather. That was really special. Another special thing was that he got to wear my brother Tyler’s outfit from his dedication almost 18 years ago. Very cool.
Lincoln, this next part is for you when you are able to read this blog one day.
You are truly the greatest blessing of my life. I thank God every single day for giving you to me and your dad. Your life has caused us to understand more fully what love is and the love that God has for us as his children. On this day, we promised to teach you about this incredible love that has brought your dad & me through every difficult situation in our lives. As much as we love you, nobody will ever love you as much as the One who created you. Our prayer for you is that you would come to realize this love and live accordingly. The scripture on your nursery wall holds another prayer that we have for your life. We pray that the goodness of our God would follow you in whatever you do throughout your life.
“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23:6
Now for the photos. One with Mike’s parents & grandma.
With Uncle Brian & Auntie Caimbrin
With my parents and two of my brothers
Mimi & Poppa. Yes, that is my child pitching a fit.
The whole family on stage
Yes, that is my slip hanging out of my dress for the whole church to see. No, I did not realize it was hanging out until I went through these photos.
And again…Yes, this is my child pitching a fit. We said he looked like a pilgrim when we made him wear the bonnet that came with the 18 year old outfit.
And this is how my child chose to act on the evening of his dedication to our Lord. Remember how I said all my plans get ruined? Well I can assure you that this photo was NOT in my plans when I envisioned taking pictures on this momentous occasion.