Day 141 & Day 142.
Day 141 was an important one. We went through our “Baby Dedication” class at our church. Dr. Aaron Walp took families who have had children in the last year through an admonition process by which he relayed God’s plan for parents to raise their children up in the Lord.
Since the Scriptures really speak for themselves on this one, I’ll just give you the cliff-notes of Walp’s instruction in Deuteronomy 6:
4 Listen, Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! 5 You must love the Lord your God with your whole mind, your whole being, and all your strength. 6 These words I am commanding you today must be kept in mind, 7 and you must teach them to your children and speak of them as you sit in your house, as you walk along the road, as you lie down, and as you get up. 8 You should tie them as a reminder on your forearm and fasten them as symbols on your forehead. 9 Inscribe them on the doorframes of your houses and gates.
And thus, with the Lord’s help, that is the weighty burden we have as parents, and will do our best to relay to Asher.
Our senior pastor, Dr. Rice, finished off the class with a few words:
Our clan was present for this special occasion (thanks for coming Ellie, Grandma, and of course, Momma and Asher):
Then it was off to Chick-fil-A for dinner! Liza got the chicken nuggets and I went for a #3 Spicy Meal. Thanks to the crew, which included James and Ryan #2 (and I’m so sorry but I didn’t catch the gal’s name in front!):
The next day we were able to go before the church body and commit to them publicly to raise up our son, as best we know how, to honor God and love others. Thanks to our friends Jason and Janna for grabbing this pic of the moment!
Speaking of our friends Jason and Janna, I just have to share this pic of their daughter Kylie. Forget the fact that Asher hasn’t put his head on my shoulders for more than a few seconds at a time, ever. Kylie, on the other hand, just went in for a full on head-snuggle for a good two or three minutes after service on Sunday. So precious.
Day 142 was a good one on all accounts – Asher was a gem, work was productive, Grandma came over and helped out, I put up some safety measures around the house, and of course made my daily trip to Chick-fil-A.
Since Momma had some pork slowly simmering in a crock-pot, I kinda felt obligated to eat that. But that didn’t stop me from a little Chick-fil-A dessert after dinner. Thanks to Ryan #2 and an assist to Evan for the Cookies & Cream shake (no whip, no cherry).
Now it’s the Bucs/Dolphins on the tele and and hoping that Mike James and the Miami defense can muster up 25 points for very much needed fantasy victory. Thank you Mike James for going down on the first drive of the game. You gotta be kidding me.
**Update** Posting this video of the formal dedication since I will want to see it again one day: