I'm not really sure if any picture could say it better than this...
|Sitting in the car at Dairy Queen...not happy!|
I think the easiest way to describe it is that we've been just been in a bit of a funk around here. Call it teething, a growth spurt, a good ole' fashioned cold, a sleep transition...whatever you want to call it, but we've been in a funk. However, that hasn't kept us from having lots of good times...just lots of sleepy good times! ha!
Saturday Hubby had a golf tournament & it was my Saturday to work, so I took my nocturnal child & dropper her off with Gigi while I worked until noon. I spent the rest of the afternoon with my parents' as well & we headed over to a local greenhouse to pick up some finishing touches for our flower beds. Our darling child went into meltdown mode as we were leaving...someone was seriously OVERTIRED!!! Thankfully she woke up from her nap a new woman & we had a fun late afternoon & evening!
|Our "Little Toot"--her daddy's nickname for her, & I'm afraid it might stick, at least until she can argue with us!|
|Seriously, how can I be mad at this face?!?|
|Make a wish Gigi!|
|All dressed up for my big day!|
|Our best family photo from the stage...|
|Promising to raise Elyse in a Godly home, to pray for her & her desires, to teach her the word of God, & to love her unconditionally...(my paraphrase)|
It was a really nice dedication & Elyse even got her very own "little pink Bible." The message couldn't have been more perfectly directed towards Nick & I as we were quickly reminded that while our children are not our own, we still have the responsibility of showing them how to follow Jesus & to serve others. I think one of the things I'll remember most was a quote from Gigi Graham that said something like this:
"You can't take anything to heaven, not your bank account, your car, your job, etc...but you can take your children."
What a profound statement, and what a huge responsibility we have as parents to raise our children to love God & serve Him as they have only been given to us on loan for a little while...for our children truly belong to Him.