When we were going through the adoption classes we were told "no religious ceremonies" for foster kiddos. I can understand that. Imagine someone holding a religious ceremony for your children that you don't agree with. But adoption is a whole different thing. At least our case is. So I mentioned to our adoption social worker that I would love to have Carter dedicated and was bummed I had to wait. She said, "Why do you have to wait?" Apparently a dedication is ok. Especially when a birth mom is not in the picture and a hearing is set to terminate rights. We were so excited!
It's not that we don't think our sweet baby would go to heaven without it. It's not even that we think he wouldn't choose to follow the Lord if we didn't dedicate him. It's about making a public declaration that we WILL teach this baby about the love of his heavenly father. We WILL remind him WHOSE HE IS.
I think baby dedications are sweet and often emotional but I almost couldn't pull it together for this one. There's something so special about knowing that the Lord has trusted us with this little guys life. It's not something we take lightly. We also know we need help. We need our church family to support us in our journey.
The day arrived and the morning brought news of a different kind. My grandmother (moms mom) had passed away in the early hours. Such bittersweet emotions. Her mind had been robbed by alzheimers years ago so there was definitely some relief in knowing she had found freedom again. But also sadness at knowing she was gone; thankfully not forever. I'm so thankful that I know whose she is too! Heaven is going to be amazing.
It was a roller coaster of emotions all day, but we got to end our day standing as a family, praying over our baby boy (who slept the entire time), and speaking his life verse over him.