Gazing Upward



This morning at church, we dedicated Maryn to the Lord and promised that we would raise her in a loving and God-honoring manner and environment. ¬†Each family selects a Bible verse for the child being dedicated, reads it aloud before the congregation, and then responds to some vows. The verse we chose for Maryn is Philippians 1:9-10…

“And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ…”

Doesn’t she just look like she KNOWS she’s all dolled up??

Baby dedication at our church is similar to a christening, and Maryn wore a gown that will be passed along to my sister’s children and hopefully to all of our grandchildren, with each person’s names embroidered in the slip. This gown was made by a woman in Selma, Alabama, who creates exquisite christening gowns and heirloom dresses for incredible prices. ¬†This dress has vintage lace, and the handiwork is just beautiful.

Our family of 6

Grace kept telling Maryn that it was her “special day.” And Carter was so excited about us promising to teach Maryn about God. Although, he was concerned how she would hear because “her ears are so small.”

Scott’s parents

My sister, Courtney

Courtney and Ivan

My mom

My baby girl and me…I can’t get enough of her!

My parents and Maryn (who clearly had had enough of pictures)

Scott’s sister, Julie

Julie and Libby (Scott’s mom)

We had a brunch at our house after church to enjoy time with family and friends. The cake had Maryn’s monogram and a beautiful pink cross.

Aunt CoCo can’t get enough of Maryn either.

I love how she’s looking right at the camera.

She had three people around her taking pictures, and she would turn her head each way as if she knew how to pose and entertain the paparazzi.

This is MaMa, my 94-year-old grandmother whom I’ve often writtena about.

And finally, my favorite picture of the day! My mom and I were remarking on how Maryn’s lips look like they have lipstick on them. Her plump rosy cheeks and sweet pink lips make her look like a doll. And she is….


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