Friday, May 15, 2009

Dedicating Our Girls to the Lord!

1 Samuel 1:26-28 - and she (Hannah) said to him, "As surely as you live, my lord, I am the woman who stood here beside you praying to the LORD. I prayed for this child, and the LORD has granted me what I asked of him. So now I give him to the LORD. For his whole life he will be given over to the LORD." And he worshiped the LORD there.

Like Hannah, here from the Bible, we dedicated our girls to the Lord this past Sunday. It was a very fun and exciting day for us, 1) that we were dedicating them surrounded by our family and 2) that it happened to also be on Mother's Day. So it was a special day!

Paul's parents were able to come down to AZ for the girls' dedication. They were also with us when we had Jared dedicated in church some 4 years ago (wow! it seems like yesterday that he was dedicated?!?!). My mom was also able to join us for the special event. We needed an extra set of hands (or two!) to hold the girls so Paul's cousin, Jayson, and his wife, Lisa, were able to help us and be there for the special day. It was a great and blessed day!

Here are some pictures of the dedication and of our visit with Grandpa and Grandma C. We, and the kids!, had fun with them. We miss them already!!

Mom and Suzan, letting Grandma get used to Mom's cameraThe girlies looking pretty in pink :D Brielle Grace...Bethany Hope...Suzan Faith...Anna JoyUs with Cousins Jayson and Lisa. Jayson (holding Brielle), Lisa (holding Anna), Maria (holding Suzan), Jared P and Paul (holding Bethany)Us with Paul's parents. Jared P, Bethany and Brielle with Wes, Anna with Paul, Martha and Suzan with MariaEveryone up front in church. We are near the left side. Look for Jared, in the front, wearing a green striped shirtUs on the leftUs with Maria's Mom, Sharon. Anna, Brielle, Sharon, Jared, Paul, Maria, Suzan and BethanyWe had a yummy lunch at our house after the dedication...BBQ pulled pork, antipasta salad, chips, soda and cake. YUM! Martha with the cake.Ooooo! Pretty AND yummy!! :)All of us enjoying lunch after the dedicationGrandpa and Grandma feeding the girls after their dedicationGrandpa and Grandma did an EXCELLENT job feeding the girls themselves. You two wanna come back next week and help with mealtimes again? ;)Suzan wearing Grandpa's glasses - "hey! just call me professor suzan" :DLater the next day or so we took the girls outside in a kiddie wading pool for some swim time. Grandma got them splashing LOTS! :) Suzan, Brielle, Bethany (in the yellow) and AnnaBrielle and Anna, getting used to the waterBethany having fun splashing!Suzan. Yes, despite her look here she was having fun ;)Suzan and Brielle swimming with GrandmaWes, Jared and Martha after one of Jared's t-ball games. It happened that Jared had a t-ball game while Grandpa and Grandma were in town. Perfect timing! Grandma and Mama went to go see Jared play ball. I think both Grandma AND Jared were excited for the game :)The morning before Grandpa and Grandma left we went for a quick stroll to our neighborhood park with the girls and Jared. Here, Martha gets to see the quad stroller "in action" ;) Suzan, Brielle, Bethany, Anna and GrandmaMartha pushing the girls on the swings. All of the girls, Grandma included ;) , loved it!Jared got lots of treats from Grandpa and Grandma, e.g. fun toys and some food! Here, he is enjoying a little snack of homemade maple nut fudge from up north. YUM!!I guess Martha and Wes got to enjoy some treats from us too :) Grandma and Jared picked lots of ripe tomatoes from our bushes. Yummy fresh tomatoes! We sent a few home with Grandpa and Grandma. Hope you enjoyed them!The girls had lots of fun playing with Grandpa and Grandma. Anna playing with Grandpa - "i could share my toy with you grandpa! you can have a turn now."Suzan playing with Grandpa - "here you go grandpa. i'll share too!"Anna and Suzan showing Grandpa their new wheels from their 1st birthday - "it might not be like yours but it's still fast and fun. do you want to give it a try grandpa?"As I mentioned, we had a great time with Paul's parents. It was nice seeing them again!! And we feel very blessed that they, along with my mom and Paul's cousins, were there to witness our promise and commitment to raise the girls, along with Jared, in a Christ-centered home. It was a very special Mother's Day!
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Marla Herrick said...

What a wonderful day! I hope you cherish these memories. They are so valuable and beautiful.

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