Sunday, August 9, 2009

Dedicating Jonah

Today, surrounded by friends and family, we dedicated Jonah to the Lord. I think Josh described it best when he said that not many things can bring tears to his eyes, but anything about Jonah will make his eyes wet in a hurry.
Jonah in his new outfit
Family Picture
Pastor made sure the wrapping paper was St. Louis colors
Jonah loves his grandma Kerry We have been wanting to dedicate him for a while, but we were trying to get as many family members here as possible. My sister Hannah and brother Josh came for an extended weekend this week so I thought it was a perfect time. The only person missing was Aunt Rachel. It was wonderful to be surrounded by family as we offered our son to the Lord. I suppose I have done this every night since he was born and even while he was in my stomach but the visual seemed to feel different. I pray every day that the Lord will keep him safe but at the end of the day I know the Lord's plan is so much bigger than my own.
The white and red roses represent the parents and the pink represents Jonah.
Jonah still loves lights!
Jonah still looking at the lights :)
He wasn't sure what to do about the sandals. :)
One sad part of the day was the absence of my mom. Daily I think of how much she would enjoy Jonah. A friend of mine and I were talking about how you don't really appreciate all your mom(parents) do for you until you become a parent yourself. I just wish I could tell her how much I want to be like her.

Another highlight of my sister and brother's visit was the zoo. Hannah and I took Jonah to the zoo for the first time on Friday morning. It was warm but there was a nice breeze to cool us off.
Jonah needed a little nap while we were there.
I have to say that I'm glad we didn't take Jonah any sooner. He was aware of some things but unfortunately most of the animals weren't moving fast enough for him to take interest.

We went to the new tiger exhibit and Hannah and I had to laugh as Jonah was about a foot away from the tiger's head and he was more interested in the strap on his stroller than the tiger.
Eating lunch at Olive Garden after the zoo
We had a great time and a wonderful visit. It is hard having them so far away and a treat to see them whenever they get to come home.

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