Sadie Grace Dedicated

“And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” 
Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Earlier today, Jim and I had the honor of standing before our church congregation and dedicating our precious fourth born, Sadie Grace, to the Lord. Today we not only dedicated her, we willingly submitted Sadie to the will of God, while at the same time acknowledged the command of God upon our lives to raise her to love, honor, and obey Christ above all things. This is nothing less than a command to teach her the Gospel, show her the Gospel, and love her with the Gospel each and every day. Jim and I are so thankful to have been entrusted with the care of this precious little girl, and we take our responsibility to bring her up to love and serve the Lord seriously.

We are absolutely in awe of the gift that God gave our family in you. You bring your daddy, mommy, big brothers and sister such joy each and every day. It is hard to comprehend that as great as our love is, God’s love for you is infinitely greater! We have so many hopes and dreams for you, Sadie, most importantly that you would come to understand His amazing love and know Jesus as your Lord and Savior at a young age and live for Him your whole life. We pray that God would help us as your parents to model that love and guide you always toward Him. We can’t wait to see what wonderful things He has in store for your life. We love you so, so much, Precious Girl!

To My Mom:

My Mom is a remarkable woman and an amazing Mom! 

It was 32 years ago that you were celebrating your first Mother’s Day. You were only 20 years old and I was only 2 months old. I am sure that I was sleeping through the night with a belly full of formula and rice cereal, no doubt. This is my Mother’s Day present to you this year. 32 years later:

You are an incredible woman and an amazing MOM! You exhaust yourself taking care of those around you and you truly only want what is best for those you love. You give of yourself tirelessly without expecting anything in return and you find true joy in the happiness of your children. 

You have always been a great source of strength for Colt and me. While growing up we knew we could always count on you and now as adults, we still turn to you for advice, support and encouragement.

Mom, you always place our needs above your own and make sure that we are well provided for and that we always have what we need. Thank you for always striving to make us feel important and showing us how much we are loved. I cannot think of an instance when I have ever doubted your love for me. 
Thank you for always giving of your time, your energy.  Thank you for always knowing what I need, even when I don’t know it myself.  Thank you for being such a blessing in my life.  Thank you for being you.

I count myself blessed because it is a honor to have you as my Mom. I am so thankful God created me and allows me to be your daughter. I count it a great joy to spend the rest of our lives not only as mother and daughter, but as friends.

Happy Mother’s Day!
We love you!
Jim, Stephanie, Jake, Judd, Anna Kate, and Sadie!

p.s. I chose the picture above and not the one from the blizzard at our house! You know that you love me!