Happy Mother's Day to ME

We celebrated Mother's Day by baptizing Elliot and my new little nephew John (3 weeks old!). It was a very beautiful and moving service, reminding us of the wonderful blessing of parenting these two boys and sobering us too, at the thought of the awesome responsibility that is before us, especially in light of the seriousness of the vows we made before the church and the Lord:

1. Do you acknowledge your child's need of the cleansing blood of Jesus Christ and the renewing grace of the Holy Spirit?
2. Do you claim God's covenant promises in his behalf, and do you look in faith to the Lord Jesus Christ for his salvation, as you do for your own?
3. Do you now unreservedly dedicate your child to God, and promise, in humble reliance upon God's grace, that you will endeavor to set before him a godly example, that you will pray with and for him, that you will instruct him in the teachings of the Christian faith, and that you will strive, by all means of God's appointment, to bring him up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord?

Thankfully, "he gives more grace" which we will surely need to fulfill these promises!

A few pictures...

These days, I think that this is as close as we are going to get to a good family picture! :)

Poor Elliot. After having a TON of water dropped right onto his face (seriously, I think we broke a church record for the most water dumped on a baby! Baby we are moving towards dunking...?) :), sitting through a long church and being deprived of both his morning naps, he was DONE. Posing for a thousand pictures was the last item on his agenda! He always looks away and ignors me when he's tired, like in the picture below.

From Genesis 48, Jacob's blessing to the sons of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim -
15 "...May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,
16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm—may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly upon the earth."


Candace Piepgrass said...

Elliot looks just like you!! So adorable!

Marlo said...

I couldn't believe how quiet those babies were through the whole service! It was moving to see the cousins baptized together. :)