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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Dedication

This past Sunday Papi and I had the honor of dedicating you - Jillian, Stella, Chloe & Claire - to God with family, friends, and our local congregation as witnesses and participants in this dedication. (Abigail, you were dedicated with Frankie & Marley when you were a baby.)  What does that mean?  We recognize that you are God's.  We are acknowledging that your life is His, and it is our desire that your life glorify Him in all ways.  It will be our commitment to you and God to help you on your journey as you discover the amazing and personal God who created you and has a plan for your life.
Tia Kelly and Padrino Chelo are your Godparents.  Papi and I have asked them to come alongside us in in loving you and raising you in way that pleases God.  They are also there to hold us accountable to how we raise you.  
Padrino Chelo came over from the Dominican Republic with his family and his mom and dad.  He came not only as your Godfather, but he dedicated his son, Joselito as well.  Papi is his Godfather.  Kinda crazy I know.  Padrino Chelo is Papi's best friend, and seeing them together is a real treat.
Grammy and Tia Kelly came up early spend some time and help prepare.  Grammy cooked LOTS of delicious food so that we would not spend the entire time in the kitchen, and our family CANNOT be together without eating lots.  Tio Frank & Tia Sarah came with their kids & you were more thrilled about playing with them than anything else.  Plus, you girls LOVE baby Ruthie.  Having everyone in the house, sleeping over - taking over - I wasn't sure what to expect.  God is sooooo good.  The weekend was more than wonderful.  A truly special time.  We are blessed beyond belief, and it is my heart's desire that we honor God and acknowledge Him.
Chloe, Stella, Abi, Claire, & Jillian posing before we go to Church.
Padrino Chelo, Don Jose, Rosmely, Joselito, Dona Nadira
Frankie & Micah 'warming' up for church


Alexa & her parents stood with our family.  They truly are our family here, and Alexa is like an older sister to our girls - she is my saving grace (and sanity) here in Dublin.











We took about 280 pics - these were the best family ones -ugh.

10 comments:

Amber said...

Great pics! Even though I don't blog very often, I am still blogging in my heart. JK. I just posted. Go check it out - Amber

Laurie said...

GORGEOUS GORGEOUS GORGEOUS FAMILY!! We dedicated our children also. What a special day.

Connie said...

You got some great photos!! I looks like a lovely day.

Kim said...

Beautiful pictures! What a wonderful day!

Debra said...

What a beautiful day for your family!!! It is SO wonderful to be surrounded by family and friends!!

Love your family photo. I can SO relate. Did you see our corn maze one? That was the best i could do. It is impossible to get 5 kids to stand still and ALL looking at the camera!

Aubrey said...

What a blessed day! Two of our 3 kids have been dedicated. Such a wonderful celebration. Thank you for sharing your day with us. Your pictures are great. Your children are gorgeous!!

nittenaway said...

Hi Tracy!
Your daughters are beautiful. . .

girlytwins said...

What great pictures you got. I am so jealous. It sounds like a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing this amazing day with us.

girlytwins said...

I also just wanted to tell you that I am sorry to read about the loss of your friends baby. My prayers are with your right now. We had a friend just deliver a 38 week still born last Friday. It is such a horrible experience. I am so sorry for your loss.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

Wow! So many cute little kids!! It looks like it was a beautiful ceremony and how great that your family made it from the DR. Great photos!