This past Saturday we got to celebrate child dedication at our church for Edric, Paxton and Coppelia. We did baby dedications for Leighton and Caedmon when they were born and had planned on doing Edric’s dedication after he came home but somewhere in the midst of everything it got put on the back burner and never got done. So this past Saturday we gathered with 30+ close friends and family and had a sweet child dedication.
As part of the child dedication we wrote each of the kids a letter. We were encouraged to think about long term goals and characteristics that we wanted each to have in their lives. We chose three words for each kid and plan (at some point when I get everything together) to make wooden signs with the words that we chose to hang in their rooms (we also chose 3 words for Leighton and Caedmon that we will do the same with them as well). For Edric we chose the words “trustworthy”, “brave”, and “kind”. For Paxton the words are “”generous”, “peaceful”, and “joyful”. And for Coppelia we chose “courageous”, “empathetic” and “sincere”. 

We also chose a family verse to work towards and as reminders. We chose Romans 12:9-18, “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil, cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”

We were really encouraged by the friends and family that were there to support us and so thankful that we have so many amazing people to walk this life with and share these moments and have the support from. It truly takes a village.