Dedicated

Today was an especially special day in the Wilmarth home! Our baby girl was dedicated this morning at our church on the most perfect day … my very first Mother’s Day! Her dedication was definitely the best gift I could have ever asked for, well, along with the Coldwater Creek Spa Gift Card my husband gifted me! 😉

Here are some pictures from our beautiful day:

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Claire’s white linen square collar dedication dress is the same dress I was dedicated in when I was just a baby! Claire’s Grammy made some matching eyelet bloomers to go with.

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Grandma with her granddaughters!

After the service, we headed back to our home for a delicious Sunday luncheon with family and friends!

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Of course I didn’t take pictures until after everything was pretty much devoured … so here’s my attempt to re-stage 🙂

We served Brie & Apricot Jam Sandwich Melts, a Spring Cranberry Salad, BLT mini Quinoa bites (recipe), and a Berry Salad

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Yards of eyelet and lace filled our center piece apothecary jars

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I adapted Claire’s dedication poem from Unveiled Wife

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D.E.L.I.C.I.O.U.S Lemon Dream Cupcakes (recipe)

My lemon obsession has definitely continued far beyond my pregnancy cravings!

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Delicious homemade Strawberry Cheesecake thanks to my incredible MIL!

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Carly and Avery came over to splash around! Fun in the pool!

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And most importantly … some may ask, well what’s the purpose of dedication? Here’s what we pray and promise as Claire’s parents:

Today we recognize Claire as a gift from God and give heartfelt thanks for God’s blessing over us. We pledge as parents that, with God’s help, we will bring up Claire in the discipline and instruction of the Lord, making every reasonable effort, with patience and love, to build the Word of God, the character of Christ and the joy of the Lord into her life. We promise to provide, through God’s blessing, for the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs of Claire, looking to our Heavenly Father for the wisdom, love and strength to serve her. We promise to be in constant prayer that, by God’s grace, Claire will come to trust in Jesus Christ alone for the forgiveness of her sins and for the fulfillment of all His promises to her, even eternal life; and in this faith follow Jesus as Lord and obey His teachings. We now dedicate Claire to the Lord who gave her to us, surrendering all worldly claims upon her life in the hope that she will belong wholly devoted to God.

Our pastor picked and read this verse over Claire during her dedication ceremony today: “The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.” Zephania 3:17. Love this picture of just how much God loves us!

So very blessed!

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