Sunday, August 7, 2011

Dariya's dedication day

A beautiful evening on the lake with a slight break in the heat gave us the perfect setting for Dariya's dedication.  We were joined by church members, my brother, sister in law and two neices.
We were thrilled that one month after Gotcha day we are able to dedicate Dariya's life and ours to helping her follow Jesus and prayerfully one day she will make that leap of faith to be baptized. 

When Aidan was 5 years old he refused to go to this service unless he could be baptized, so by choice has made his leap of faith to walk with God.

Two years ago at this same service we dedicated our sweet Alayna.

 Notice the dress Alayna is wearing.  It was a 2/3 T top.  Yes, I knew it was a top but it was such a cute dress on her and was perfect for the beach that I bought it.

Little did we know that 2 years later we would be welcoming her big sister into our family and into the body of Christ so we were thrilled to have Dariya wear the same top.

Aidan is saying, "Can I go swim now?"

After the service the kids could swim and play on the beach.  Dariya enjoyed getting her toes dipped in the sand
Dariya has already learned to pray before every meal, during church services and folds her hands and prays at bedtime (with a long oratory, trust me) then signs AMEN!

It is the sweetest thing to watch this girl who a few weeks ago had never heard anything about Jesus already starting to listen to Bible stories intently and understanding the word pray.  

I still get choked up every time I think about God choosing her and placing her in our family.

We are thankful to all our family and friends who came out tonight to share in this beautiful event and look forward to watching Dariya grow in faith over the years.

*thanks Aunt Jane for taking pics and video xoxoxo


Renee said...

Aww friend, she is the very definition of redemption...every breath, every prayer, every success...what a beautiful family you have on your hands there... Give your precious kiddos a smooch from me and give yourself a squeeze. Love you, and praying for you always.

Jill said...

Absolutely beautiful in SO many ways! Thanks so much for sharing. :-)

Cole said...

Oh that brought tears to hear her praying and signing Amen- someone was obviously trying to take good care with her till you could come.

Emily said...

What a wonderful day!
She prays and signs Amen - what a gift!

Stephanie said...

tearing up here!! That was just beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing!!! God bless!

The Annessa Family said...

Crying at work! This is just so beautiful. Our God is just amazing!


Cathy said...

Beautiful!!! I thought you were done making me cry, Rochelle!!!

Nan and Dan said...

so amazing!! so sweet :)

kecia said...

looks like a beautiful day for a beautiful girl!

Elisabeth said...

Thanks for sharing the video. I have tears in my eyes just from watching it. What a precious memory. And I pray with you that one day Dariya will trust in Jesus as her savior.