A few weeks ago we celebrated a very special day in our family: my daughter’s church dedication. As usual, we celebrated the event with a celebratory luncheon.
My children will be the fourth generation in my family to attend my church. My grandparents were married there, as well as my parents. My childhood holds countless memories of attending different events and services over the years. It means so much to pass down these traditions to my own children, although they are still very young.
Church dedications can differ from place to place. Being Baptist, our service is basically an introduction between the newborn child and our church family. It symbolizes a promise that my husband and I will raise our daughter to believe in and follow the footsteps of Christ.
The service itself was very short. We stood in front of the congregation, joined in prayer, and then our minister walked our daughter around so everyone could get a good look at her. I couldn’t have been happier with her behavior! My two year old, on the other hand, was a little more rambunctious. When my minister asked us to turn and face the congregation, my son actually said, “Nope.” If only we could develop his vocabulary a bit beyond that word! It’s hard to believe how quickly time has passed since his dedication.
After the service, we met back at my mom’s house for the meal. The table was decorated with all things pink and girly, per usual. We had a lot of gold accents to match my daughter’s gold and white dress.
We had all of our favorite foods: lamb, ham, casseroles, and cake. It’s always fun to have an excuse to dye deviled eggs, so of course we went with pink.
My mom used her antique china, which added more tradition to the day. This china is so beautiful and I love anytime she decides to use it.
I wanted to make something to commemorate the occasion, so I made this centerpiece. I used a paper backdrop, painted it, and then added the cross and fabric using a hot glue gun. The verse I used comes from Proverbs and describes a Godly woman, something I thought was appropriate for the event. I love that the centerpiece is something that we can hang in her room in the years to come. My only regret is that I didn’t make something to honor my son’s dedication two years ago.
Overall, it was a fun and easy day of festivity. I think it is important to find reasons to gather as a family and celebrate. More important than any event is the memories you create with the people you love most.
Let’s talk! What are some of your family’s traditions?