I was waiting to do this post until I had pictures to post with it. But we are having trouble with our pictures at the moment. I will add some soon.
I (Lori) had a very special Mothers’ Day. The night before we had some students over and they surprised me with a “Super-Mom” cake. It was my first “red velvet” cake. I felt very honored and loved by them. It is a privilege to be able to pour into younger women and have them also really engage with us in the midst of our day to day family life. They know I am not a perfect mom, but hopefully they see me live out love, servanthood and humility as I imperfectly teach my children, respect my husband, and love my whole family, walking in the light of God’s grace and forgiveness toward me.
The day of Mothers’ Day was very special too. In the afternoon, we went on a family bike ride downtown and had fun walking around, getting some special treats at the chocolate shop, and watching a street performer (hula hoop specialist) in Heritage Square – the kids were mesmerized and had a lot of fun.
In the morning, my youngest little one (Judah), already 22 months old, was dedicated at church. It was a special time. We feel very blessed and encouraged by our church, and particularly Pastor Cole. I had shared some thoughts and a verse we picked for Judah with him beforehand, and he encouraged us and prayed for Judah in a beautiful way.
A dedication is an interesting thing, because it is much more about the parents than the children. I see it as a promise to raise our children in the light of the Gospel, pointing them to Christ with our whole lives, and asking the church body to hold us accountable and help us as we walk in this journey of parenthood.
Jeremiah and I long for each of our children to be missionaries at heart, no matter what they do in life. Our prayer is that the reality of the gospel would sink so deeply in their lives that they walk in grace while seeking to be holy and that they would know that nothing is greater or more satisfying than being part of spreading the Good News and the Kingdom of God to the ends of the earth.
For some reason, we both have felt that Judah may be uniquely called toward the mission, however. Before he was even born, I felt that I needed to release him to the Lord in a unique way, even to go to a dangerous place if he feels so called when he gets older. It may or may not happen—God knows the plans he has for Judah—and we release him fully to God either way. But we picked a verse accordingly. Our verse for Judah is Philippians 1:20-21. We pray that he would say of himself, as Paul did, that “it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Judah already has so much personality. He is a joy to be around. He shows passion and focus already—at this age, about throwing and kicking balls (he can literally play ball for hours), tackling his siblings with big hugs, and being outside. He also loves reading—how could he not with the siblings he has. He makes us laugh all the time, and is picking up new words every day. We praise God for the privilege of raising this little boy.