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My first Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day can be a day of joy or of sadness.  Many have lost mothers or have lost babies that would have made them mothers.  Some desperately want to be a mother but can’t.  Others have been blessed to be new mothers or even grandmothers.  On this day I get to celebrate being a new mother.

Motherhood has been my greatest blessing in life.  These past 6 months with Jedidiah have completely changed everything, but I wouldn’t have it any other way!  There’s no greater calling or job in the universe than that of being a mother.  This calling, however, comes with a great responsibility!  The weight of raising a child, loving them, and taking care of all their physical, spiritual, emotional and psychological needs can be overwhelming.  It’s no wonder we take a special day each year to recognize them for all that they do!

This mother’s day I was blessed in many ways.  Trent gave me my gift(s) a day early.  We went up to visit him for lunch on Friday.  He and his kids were making Mother’s Day flower pots.  He knew that I would love to have one as well, so while we were there, we did a little fingerprint art with Jedidiah.  The pots were little so they weren’t big enough for his entire hand or foot (although we did try).  On a side note, I don’t know how anyone does these on their own!  It is seriously next to impossible to do by yourself.  We even had several failed attempts together!  But I love the way it turned out and I love that we made it together.  It says 1st Mothers Day and has his name and the date on the back.  Now I just have to find some cute flowers to put in there!

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On Saturday, Trent gave me his gift.  He knows that I prefer experiences or gifts that are heartfelt and homemade over “stuff” any day. I love photos (perhaps obsessively), so he got me a beautiful flower pot and put one of my favorite photos of my two favorite people inside.  I absolutely adore it!  (Plus it’s orange, my favorite color).  We’ll add some writing and the date to this one too eventually.

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But more than this, I love that he tells me all the time that I’m a good mother.  He affirms me often and makes me feel appreciated.  He encourages me when I’m frustrated or feeling like I don’t know what I’m doing.  He also tries to give me some time alone so that I can have an occasional break from housekeeping and mothering duties.  He tells me “Thank you.”  I appreciate all these things much more than gifts, but I still love that he went out of his way to make me feel special on my first mother’s day.

Trent and I decided to have baby Jedidiah dedicated at church that Sunday in front of our family and friends.  This was an extra special moment for me as his mommy and I’m thankful we got to do it on Mother’s Day!  You can watch the dedication or read about it here.  I’m also so thankful that our family was able to be there to celebrate with us.  After service we headed over to the photo booth that the church had set up for us.  Check out these wonderful shots.  🙂

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After church we headed to the Olive Garden for lunch together as a family.  This was a big deal since we haven’t been out to eat as a family since before our babies were born (my sister-in-law had her baby 3 weeks after Jedidiah was born).  That’s HALF A YEAR!  It was exciting to go out again.  However… the excitement dwindled a bit as we waited nearly 2 hours to get a table.  Dinner was wonderful though and we enjoyed our time together as a family.

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After dinner, we headed back to Trent’s parents’ house.  We gave her our gift (a photo book) and she gave us ours.  She made me and my sister-in-law beautiful gifts using lots of little details to bless us on this Mother’s Day.  She chose to use 1 Samuel 1:27 for mine: “For this child I have prayed and the Lord has granted me the desires of my heart.”  That is certainly true and we praise and thank God every day for our biggest (little) blessing.  She decorated it with a cross, representing our faith, and then a Chinese fan and a ying-yang, representing our time in China (After all, Jedidiah was “made in China”).  On the other side, she put in a picture of Jedidiah right after he was born and put his name and birthday.  Like I said before, I love homemade gifts and especially photographs, so I love this one!  She even found a cute little card with a Chinese momma and baby.  It is so cute!

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I was also blessed by many sweet messages and cards, flowers and gifts.  I want to thank all of you for making my first mother’s day so very special!

 

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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Jedidiah’s baby dedication

Well, last weekend at church, we had baby Jedidiah dedicated.  It was a special Sunday to do it, since it was also my first Mother’s Day!

Many of you may be wondering, “what is a baby dedication?”  Well, it’s similar to a baby baptism, except without the water.  I personally was raised in the Catholic church and I was baptized as an infant.  However, since I have grown up in my faith, I have come to believe that the Biblical model for baptism is as a “going public” statement of faith.  Because of this, I also chose to be baptized as an adult.  In fact, my husband and I got baptized together on Easter Sunday 5 years ago.  That was also a very special time for both of us.  Anyways, we decided to dedicate Jedidiah and hope that he too will choose to be baptized later in life.

Revolution Church has four services each weekend, one on Saturday night and three on Sunday morning.  Usually we go to the 10:00 service and then stay to serve the 11:30, but since we wanted our family to be there for this special day, we decided to serve the 11:30 and attend the 1:00 service (they are all late risers).  This turned out to be a blessing for us as we were the only family to choose this service to have our baby dedicated (the other services were packed!).  It allowed Pastor Zak to really make it more personal and special for us as a family.

He introduced us on stage and even told the church that our little Jedidiah was “Made in China” while we were up there (He thinks that is pretty funny).  Then he read Deuteronomy 6 where it talks about the blessings in store for those who love God and who follow his commandments.  “These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life.”  This is important because the Shema, which I’ve written about in other posts, was the first passage of scripture the Hebrews would teach their children.  “Hear, O Israel, the Lord your God, the Lord is one.  Obey the commandments I am giving you today.  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.  These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts.  Impress these words upon your children.  Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up…” 

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Then we got to the dedication part.  Really, it should be called a parent dedication rather than a baby dedication as we are the ones promising to raise him up to love God and to obey his commandments (out of love, not out of obligation); to transfer Jedidiah’s dependence on us to a dependence on God.  And by doing this, generations to come can be changed.  We’ve always prayed that God would use Jedidiah’s life for his glory, and who knows what kind of influence he’ll have on his generation and the next?  We made this promise before God, our family and before our church.

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Then came the church’s part.  They also dedicated themselves to come alongside us to make this commitment happen, through prayer and support.  We don’t believe that they made that commitment arbitrarily either, as this church really has become our family.  We treasure them and they treasure us, and together, we’re on a mission to start a revolution of grace in one life at a time.

After the church made their commitment, they stretched out their hands and prayed over us.  Pastor Zak prayed for:

Protection in the midst of a dark and hurting world…

Hope for his future…

Security in Christ…

Comfort when he’s hurting or lonely…

Overwhelming grace to flow through his life…

Healing…

Victory in the battle…

Daily provision…

and guidance as he walks through life.

He finished with some prayers from Psalm 23, that Jedidiah would see God as his Good Shepherd.

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Finally, we were given a Jesus Storybook Bible as a gift and as a tool to equip our son to go out and bring hope and joy into the world and to grow in the faith and the knowledge of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Last but not least, I pray that my son’s identity will be deeply rooted in who he is in Christ, and that this creed would be in his mind and on his heart as he grows up.

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This was a really special time for us as parents and we are so thankful for our church family.  Oh yeah, after the dedication, Jedidiah got kicked out of service for being too loud… how many people can say that their baby was dedicated and kicked out on the same day?!?  This kid… I’m sure God has great things in store for him.

If you want to watch the video of his dedication, here you go!  Enjoy!  #revyourlife

 

 

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Uncategorized

 

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