Look out world!
I am feeling so accomplished today. Rarely do I get a lot done in a morning let alone a whole day and so far I've made coffee, pumped (you mommies know what that means), made breakfast for me and Alan (does cereal count as being "made??"), prepared new bottles, and am currently sterilizing bottles and writing this post ALL in between Amelia and Stella's nap...
Which, by the way, they are officially back to eating every 2 hours. So long 3 hour naps. We were up feeding them at 4am, 6am, and 8am. That is NOT what this post is about however.
It is about Father's day.
I was so amped up about Father's Day this year as it was Alan's first and I wanted to make it really special. I got him an adorable little book called "Why Every Girl Needs a Daddy" and "A Father's Legacy: Your Life Story in Your Own Words." The thing I was most excited about was the ring I had custom made that has 3 sides to it and on one side it says "Amelia" the other "Stella" and the last "James 1:17."
I bounced into the room on Father's day with our girls and gifts in hand. We woke daddy up and gave him our sweet gifts celebrating his first Father's Day!
The best gift of the day was still to come...
At church that morning we were dedicating our girls to our Heavenly Father committing to train them up in the ways of the Lord so that when they are older they will not depart from His ways. It was truly a magical moment to stand on stage with our Pastor and in front of the whole congregation committing them to our ultimate Father and receiving the blessings of encouragement from the church.
I am most excited for all the ways we get to teach our girls about God. (I recently purchased a book called "Treasuring God in our Traditions," by Noel Piper (John Piper's wife). It's waiting for me in the Dominican and I can't wait to dig into it! )
My mom took video of the whole dedication. It's about 5 minutes long if you care to watch!!
Dedicating Amelia and Stella from Jackie Perez on Vimeo.
It was a lovely Father's Day.
One we won't forget.
Family Ministries Director, Mary Wantanabe hosts the dedication and challenges the parents and the church to raise up our babies in the ways of the LORD.
Janice presented the girls with their first Bible and handmade quilts from the quilting ministry at the church. The quilts have scriptures written all over them.
We were blessed to dedicate Stella and Amelia along with our friends the Yates, who were dedicating their baby Stella as well.
Pastor Kevin praying for our family.
Family pic at church (forgive the horrible background!!)