Ella's dedication day - a few photos and comments...
"What is a dedication", you ask?
As Christians we believe that children are a gift from God. Being given such an awesome gift along with an amazing responsibility we desire to dedicate our children back to God and we pledge that, as Christian parents, we will do all that we can to raise our children in the Biblical precepts.
That's all there is to it.
On Ella's dedication Sunday our family was asked to come to the front of the sanctuary. Pastor then asked Ron to say a few words about Ella and how she came to be our daughter. Ron, ever eloquent, told the congregation how I (reverently and with fear :-) brought the subject of adoption to him. He told about our time in Guatemala and his visits to meet Ella.
When I was handed the mic I said something like this, "I have been handed 5 biological children. When Ella was given to me in a very business-like environment by a very professional attorney it was every bit as miraculous, awe-inspiring and magical as the way my other babies came to me. I thank God for the privilege of being her mommy".
Pastor then asked us two questions:
1. Do you, Ron and Tina, acknowledge Ella a gift from God?
2. Do you pledge to raise Ella in the ways of the Lord?
Then he prayed over our family petitioning God for wisdom and blessing for us. Yes, Lord, please. Wisdom. And blessing. Amen.
Post script: For my friends who love children's clothing (you know who you are) a dedication occasion also provides an excuse to buy a beautiful keepsake dress. Ella wore Strasburg. White batiste with ecru pearl smocking. Shoes are ecru ballet slippers. The kind with the ribbons that tie up the leg.