Friday, August 11, 2006

Dedication Day

Last Sunday we had both Padyn and Katelyn dedicated at our rock n' roll church. Don't ask why it took us this long to do it for Padyn. It was the awkward combination of the busyness of life and pure, simple laziness. That and once we finally settled on a church, we were pretty much pregnant again, so we decided to wait. Lost that baby, got pregnant again, and waited-again. Anyway, you see how it all goes and how there is an excuse for it all...

But I digress. I am not posting this to make excuses but to post some pictures and tell you how it all went down and (as my sister was sure there would be) a funny tidbit or two about the day.

Here's how it went down-in front of most of our extended family and some of our truest friends, plus our church family, we affirmed that it is our desire and plan to teach our girls about Christ and model Godliness for them in our home. Our pastor had researched what their names mean and gave a little background on why we picked them (that's for another blog on another day). Padyn (which stems from Payten and Patrick) means "noble" and Katelyn means "pure beauty." Kate means "pure." He also gave us the biblical meaning of their names. Guess what Padyn's was? Obedience. Yea, not seeing much evidence of that these days. But it does give me hope. That means at some point it should exist, right? No? Pipe dream?
Both girls were very well behaved through-out. I was sure at least one of them would break down in a fit of tears during the 8 minutes we were up front, but both seemed pleased to be the center of everyone's attentions. Padyn did not want to go to the pastor when it was time to pray over them, but that's to be expected from a 2 year old. Kate was pretty easy with it. And I now know why. During the prayer, she yanked his lapel microphone off. She must have been eyeing that thing the whole time. I had no idea it had happened until after church when someone came up to me and told me how cute it was that she did that. At least someone thought so. No one else could hear him, but oh well.
After church we had a BBQ and pool party at our place, because every kid should get to have a pool party (just one more thing to be bitter about when you have a November birthday). More friends and family came. It was a really wonderful day and being surrounded by our families and some of our best friends reminded me again of how truly blessed we are. And how much I want my kids to know God's love and blessings.

Thank you, Lord for all you have bestowed on us. Amen.


the Girls' Moma said...

Yay! What a great post. The girls look beautiful and it so nice to see the d family all together in some shots! Kate is getting so big and Padyn is growing so much too!

I can't believe he researched the girls' names! That's awesome. What a way to personalize the girls' dedication.

That and the microphone thing. I'm pretty sure no one will forget that, either.

Grandma said...

It was a wonderful day. Thanks for letting me be a part of it. I was right there in the third row and I didn't see sweet little Katelyn snatch that microphone. She must have quick hands.