One of the best things ever: The fact that my daughters’ birthdays are only 6 days apart. I am totally taking advantage of a single birthday party until they protest otherwise. And, I won’t exactly be probing them for an opinion.
What’s even better than one of the best things ever? When your youngest daughter is being dedicated a week before her birthday. So, let’s call this, “The Happy Everything Day”.
We started the day by cramming family and a few friends into our house to eat Salsaritas and a little bit of birthday cake. I’m a simpleton, so I didn’t really plan anything, but just wanted everyone to enjoy some time together and have an opportunity to talk about how much we love our girls.
By the way, Salsaritas was my husband’s idea, and boy do I love him for that. Having someone else be in charge of the party food really freed me up to focus on cleaning, cake, and decorations!
That evening, we had a special ceremony at Daystar Church just for immediate family. This was our opportunity to focus on dedication details for our youngest.
I love the dedication process at Daystar. When we dedicate our children, it is simply a way to say that we are choosing to raise them in a way that brings them up in the church and in the teachings of the Bible. We want to give them every opportunity to know God personally and be able to make an informed decision when they are old enough to choose to surrender their life to Him.
Parents are asked to:
-Listen to a series of parenting messages
-Choose a life verse for their child
-Write a letter to their child
-Identify their core family values
We shared all of this with our immediate family at the dedication ceremony. Then, Sunday morning, our church family acknowledged and prayed over all the babies being dedicated.
I really can’t think of a better way to spend a weekend.
“Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.” (James 3:13; NIV) – The life verse we chose for our daughter, whose name means, “one who is wise.”