Once again, I will make up for my slacking with multiple entries! I have a lot to share, but thought I would start off with the most important news as of lately. Mikey was dedicated this weekend at our church. This was a little different for us. I grew up Catholic and only a few years ago made the decision to switch churchs. I have to say, by FAR this was the best thing that has ever happened to me. Yes, even better than getting married, or having my boys. I know that finding my husband and having my boys were gifts from God, but finding this church and becoming a REAL Christian is my gift TO God and that is far better than anything he can give US. No discredit to my parents at all for raising me in a Catholic home. Catholics are STILL Christians and they were the ones who built the foundation of my faith by taking us to church every Sunday and instilling in us good moral values. I just didn’t feel that I was really WORSHIPPING in the Catholic church nor was I really developing a relationship with God. Since the change, I have learned what it really means to be a Christian and have tried harder than ever to be a good one and live my life according to his teachings (don’t get me wrong, I still make mistakes and sin- I am not perfect). Anyway, the church we attend does not believe in baptising babies. We believe that a child should be old enough to understand what it means to have a relationship with God and what it means to live your life for the Lord, BEFORE they are baptised. Dedication is just as important though because it is OUR (Mike and I and the family and friends who attended) promise to the Lord that we will raise our child in a Christian home and with our church as our backing, teach them how to be a good follower of Christ. They are safe in us until they are old enough to truly understand and believe. Usually children are baptised when they are in 3rd or 4th grade. We will have Braeden re-baptised in a few years (since he was baptised Catholic). Anyway, it was a very special day filled with happiness and shared with family and friends. Thank you to everyone who attended. It meant so much to Mike and I to have your love and support. Mom and Dad, a special thanks for traveling here for the weekend and for helping out so much! Here are some more pictures of the beautiful day. Mikey looked adorable and we couldn’t have asked for nicer weather!
I don’t think I’ve ever included a picture of Mike’s parents. The other little boy is our nephew Harley (who Mike’s parents raise). Bless his heart, he had baseball all last week in the cold evening air and has terrible chapped lips.
Look at that face! He is saying, “Seriously Mama- NO MORE PICTURES!”
“It was a very long day and I don’t know about everyone else, but I am BEAT!” This is Mikey’s new bouncer and he LOVES it. He will stay in it for hours if we let him. As you can see, he loves it so much and will even sleep in it to avoid having to get out. The funniest thing is, when he does fall asleep in it and we try and take him out, he wakes up and immediately starts jumping…..like, “I am good, had a cat nap, back to jumping!”
IMPORTANT PRAYER! Please say a very special prayer for Mike’s boss and his family. He lost his 2 month old granddaughter this week. Apparently she got a virus that made her throw up and develop a fever. She died of dehydration. As if this is not tragic enough, he also lost his 18 year old daughter just 3 months ago to cancer. I know that God has his reasons for everything, but the pain, suffering and sadness this family must be experiencing is incomprehensible and our hearts, thoughts and prayers go out to them during this difficult time and during the healing that will take place in the future.