This weekend, our families joined us for a Sunday afternoon service where we dedicated our Ellie girl. This is different than how most people do things with newborns such as an infant baptism. This isn't symbolizing Ellie's joining of the church. We do not believe that this little ceremony will bring her eternal salvation. All this is is a commitment by me and Grant that we will do all we can to raise our daughter in the ways of the Lord, to teach her about Jesus.
Our church has so many babies that they knock out several in one day. Our pastor read aloud Ellie's full name, the meaning of her name, and a verse we chose for her.
I had to fix her outfit :)
Ellie Paige means Giver of Light, Servant of the Lord.
The verse we chose for her is:
"Yahweh your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy." - Zephaniah 3:17
At the end of the service, each family came to the front of the chapel. The men kneeled while the wives stood behind them. Then Pastor Gregg and the congregation prayed over our family. It was such a sweet service!
Our little family of three!
After the service, our families joined us for a little celebratory dinner. We changed Ellie into her after party outfit :)
Please know that I am well aware that this headband is SO VERY OVER THE TOP but it made me laugh so hard. Oh my goodness.
This face. She is such a ham.
Sweet darling baby girl.... we love you so much.
We are so thankful to our families for coming in from near and far to join us for this special, special occasion. We can't wait to see what kind of little jewel this sweet girl grows up to be!