In keeping with the Biblical model of Hannah dedicating Samuel to the Lord, (well, except for the part about having your child live at the temple/church) we stood before our church family today and had Tyler dedicated. For those who aren't familiar with the practice, it's basically a time to publicly say that our children are a gift from God, that we will do our best raise them in a way that honors him, and that our desire is for our kids to be available to serve God in whatever way they can.
We came home from church and saw my dad's blog post about the dedication. Then we got on Facebook and saw the following comments from people.
* Snipped a quick photo of Tyler's dedication for ya! What a sweetie. But my fave was Naomi, sweetly waving to all her friends out in the congregation throughout the prayer. So cute.
* I got a kick out of Devon giving her the elbow every time she waved, she persevered anyway!
* Naomi was hilarious. She was smiling and waving at people during the prayer.
Oh my! Judging from this picture, which my sister took on our camera, Naomi was waving to Aunt Beep. Silly girl.
I'm thankful for a church, both corporately and the individuals within it, that stand by families and encourage them as they do their best at this gig we call parenting. And I'm thankful for Tyler. He's pretty fantastic!
For those who weren't at church and didn't see the video someone posted on my Facebook page, here is a video of Tyler's dedication ... and Naomi's waving ... and Devon's elbowing. You can click the icon in the bottom right corner to make the picture full screen.