Malakai was dedicated at church on Sunday, December 30, 2012. We picked that date because that was when Nate's parents would be visiting. It's always been important to us to have both sets of grandparents present at our children's dedications. When we lived in Texas we chose our dedication dates based on when my parents were visiting. So the ages of our children varied a lot. Sanaa was almost 3 months old when dedicated, Layla was 8 1/2 months old, and Malakai was 6 1/2 months old when dedicated.
I'm glad this was our last dedication. Sanaa and Layla did not stay still. They were like Curious George while we were standing in front of the congregation. Layla decided to inspect the pulpit behind us that had a large metal plate on it and banged it to hear what it sounded like. Sanaa noticed the communion items that were set out and reached into the cup. I stopped her hand before it she put it all the way in the cup. And then the girls got bored so they sat down, then stood up, then sat down, and eventually wandered off to sit in the front pew with Nate's parents. Our pastor talked about how important community is when raising children and how parents need help. His best comment was, "And you can see that they can use some help." Yep. We sure can.
One thing that our current church does differently than our last church was they ask if you have a life verse for your child. Nate and I thought that was a really neat idea. The verse we chose for Malakai's dedication (which we would actually like to use for all our children) is found in 1 Peter 3:15 which says, "But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess."
Malakai did very well when Pastor Mark held him. In fact, Malakai was the best behaved child out of all three!
After Pastor Mark prayed, Pastor Shawna (one of the children's pastors at our church) presented us with an ornament to mark this special occasion in Malakai's life. We'll be able to hang it on our tree each year and remember this day. The ornament has snowflakes on it and the snowflakes are to remind us of how unique Malakai is because God created each of us differently.
After the service we took a couple pictures with all the family. Not only were both of our parents there but my brother, sister-in-law, and niece were able to attend Malakai's dedication. Ryan and Karen didn't get to come to Sanaa or Layla's dedication when we lived in Texas so this was really special to have them at Malakai's.
The first picture has Papa Gene and the second picture has Gramma Carol. They took turns taking the pictures of all of us.