Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Olivia's Dedication Weekend

On September 13th (yeah, I'm behind on blogging!) Olivia was dedicated to the Lord at our church, Bethlehem Baptist, in downtown Minneapolis. My sister, Janie, flew from San Diego for the dedication and we had a great visit. It also marked the two month anniversary of the date that we met Olivia.

Here is Janie and Olivia.My dad, my sister and I kept the visit a surprise from my mom (she is the BEST person to surprise!) Here she is, seeing my sister for the first time. I wish I had a video, too, as she screamed four times. It was hilarious!
Here are my folks (looking quite fab, I must say!) at our church
We were so surprised and pleased to have our head pastor, John Piper, do the dedication. Other pastors often do them, so we felt honored that it worked out this way!
Olivia and I wore our Chinese outfits

Even though I took this picture of Pastor John and Lee's Aunt Lynn (visiting from Mississippi and a fan of Piper's books), it didn't occur to me to get one of him with Olivia! **sigh** oh well.
Me with my girls! :) (Olivia and her cousins)
Here is a sampling of who was there...once again I missed some great pictures. We had Lee's sister Christy and her family, my two sisters, my parents, Lee's mom and his Aunt Lynn, our dear friend Bev, and Matt and Jenny and the kids.
Lee's sister, Christy, was in town from Phoenix for his other sister's wedding, but we reaped the benefits, too!
"Sooooo big"
Whenever a Shelton child comes home, we will plant a tree in their honor. Here is my bro-in-law, Greg, helping out
and Lee
and my dad
And it's planted! We planted an appropriately named tree: The Rose Tree of China, also known as Flowering Almond or Double-Flowering Plum
Here is a sweet picture of Olivia saying goodbye to her Aunt Janie, who she got to know quite well on the long weekend. We affectionately call this "forehead hugs" or "forehead lovin'".

9 comments:

Jinglebritches said...

that last picture is so precious!!
Love love love y'all!!

Lee Shelton IV said...

It was a great weekend!

Lisa said...

What a blessed day!
Love the "Forehead Hugs"!!!!!!

Jennifer said...

Everything about this is so beautiful. I love that your pastor was there.. Precious Aunt Janie (I love her!!!), Your mom's face, your daddy's tie.. LOL.. Love love love your growing family. Loved the tree (sniff)..

Dan and Karen said...

Such a beautiful post Dawn, congratulations on such a wonderful occasion. We were fortunate to have Dan's Dad perform Danika's dedication.

Karen

Bill and Christina said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time and what a great idea of the tree planting. I love it!

AZMom said...

Glad you had a great time and what a look from your mom!

Your daughter is sooo adorable!

Denise said...

what an awesome weekend for you and your family

love the tree idea :)

Tracy said...

Happy Dedication, Olivia! You all look fab - you guys, parents, nieces, etc. Love it.

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