Sunday, May 24, 2009

Ode to Lila

We were so honored to participate in Lila's Parent Commitment Service at FBC Houston. I just love that they call it a parent commitment service instead of a baby dedication because that's exactly what it is. It's a time for Kacey and Josh to commit to raise Lila in a loving Christian home and introduce Lila Elizabeth Warren to the church. The church only does this service twice a year so there were about 40 babies that were dedicated to the Lord that day. Our dear friend Shannon was there and took these amazing pictures for us. Thanks again Shannon! It was a beautiful service. Here's the program with each child's picture, the meaning of their names, and a scripture that each family chose. Lila means peaceful and quiet and Elizabeth means God's consecrated one. Her name suits her well.

Proud parents. Aren't they a BEAUTIFUL family!!!!

Here they are introducing little Lila to pastor Greg Motte. After each family had walked across the chapel he asked the new dads to come kneel at the alter and the moms and babies stood behind them. Then he said something very profound. He spoke to all the dads and he stated that this is how your family needs to see you-on you knees. Tears were streaming down my face as I watched Josh pray for his sweet family. Pastor Motte continued with-I promise if your wife and children see you on your knees they will follow your example. Such true words. The new families left the chapel and then he spoke a short sermon to the extended families. It was a really great day for all of us.

Precious. Precious. Precious.

Kacey and Lila

The Purdy family minus the Smith clan, they were very missed.

My dearest niece,

Thank you for making my life more joyful. You are such a good baby and I cannot wait to spend time with you and your family. I could just stare at you and those captivating blue eyes all day long! I hope you know how blessed you are to have Kacey and Josh for parents. They are so fun, they love you unconditionally, and you are continually covered in prayer. I pray that you will come to know the Lord at a young age and live life to the fullest just like you namesake did. I also pray that others will come to know Christ because of your joy in Him. I love you so much little one

Hugs and Kisses,

Aunt Angie

P.S. Thanks for convincing your parents to move to Waco!


Kimberly said...

Love those pictures- especially the one of you with Lila. What a special treasure!

Great visiting tonight!

The Junods said...

I have tears running down my face...seriously! I know that feeling of loving and praying for your sister's kids like they are your own. What precious words you wrote to her. She's blessed by you too!! So excited for yall to live in Waco together!!!

Kacey said...

Okay...sniff, sniff...That is an awesome post! I am so blessed to have you as my sister and Lila's Aunt GG:) You were such help during all the weekend craze and I am continually thankful for your prayers!

Shannon said...

BEAUTIFUL post and BEAUTIFUL pictures! Caryn told me all about this service and I am so jealous. Ours was not near as personal! The Warren family is gorgeous and I know you ar thrilled to get them close to you!

Jill said...

She is GORGEOUS!! They go to my brother's church! I think he and Kacey are the same age. I am going to ask them if they are in the same Sunday School class.

Caryn said...

Oh Ang - what a sweet post for the PRECIOUS girl!! And what great pictures, SM is such a keeper. Those nieces and nephews are pretty dern special to us too!!!

MLP said...

Angie...this is such a sweet post. I loved everything about it. Lila is beautiful...what a precious gift from God. I love what the pastor said to the dads. Kacey, Josh & Lila are such a beautiful family.

Most of all, I loved your sweet note to Lila. I think being an aunt is the best. I can see how very much you love your niece and of course your sisters. There's nothing like it.

Beautiful post!