This year was my second Mother’s Day and my very first Mother’s Day as a mother of two! Last year I spent my first Mother’s Day with Mitchell at Disney World with two of my favorite mama friends – fellow military wives that became my best friends. We all had our babies together and named them Maybree, Mitchell, and Macy 🙂 I’ll stop my reminicing, and leave you with this post about that week here… but boy, do I miss them. BUT! We still have some amazing friends down here [for at least a few more months anyway], they were so nice to come celebrate Julia’s dedication on [their] Steve’s birthday! It is comforting to be back home in North Carolina where we have friends and a church home. When we first moved here in 2011, I attended First Baptist Jacksonville on one of my very first North Carolina Sundays. It was my first time church-hunting, since I grew up in the church my family attended in my hometown before. Steve was in Afghanistan, I was by myself, and I literally didn’t know anyone. We’ve come a long way making this a home for us since then. I took for granted that I found a church home on my very first “try.” We spent months looking in Florida and never found the right fit. I love the worship at First Baptist Jacksonville, I love the excitement for the gift of our salvation.
We showed up a bit early to take some oh-so-necessary family pictures to document our big event.
I’ll love this man forever and ever.
Steve’s mother sent the gown Steve wore for his ceremony, passed down from generations ago. Handmade by her great great great grandmother. How special is that??
The ceremony was short and sweet and perfect. This is what we affirmed in the ceremony.
To receive our daughter with gratitude, as God’s gift to us and our family.
To create a stable environment in which our daughter can grow into the likeness of God.
To daily honor our marriage covenant and vows. To recognize our marriage relationship can increase our daughter’s understanding of God’s love for her.
To be parents of personal faith, recognizing our children are more likely to follow God’s path by the model they first observe in us.
To lead a faith-filled home that honors God in all our relationships and in the choices we make.
To be parents that model faith by being actively involved in the local church.
To be parents with patience, and recognize that with our inherent strengths and weaknesses, our desire to shape our daughter is a loving act that will require time, prayer, and God in order to produce in our children what He and we hope for.
Here they are about five years ago – see they weren’t always softies with little baby girls 😉 Fun fact – all three of these guys are all sergeants now, and all ended up having daughters within three months of each other five years later.