Me: Ruby's getting dedicated tomorrow? How did I not know that?
Michael: We sat here and had a whole conversation about it the other day. (When the pastor, his wife, and another member of the church were visiting).
Me: Wow, I totally missed that part of the conversation.
I can't imagine how I missed it, and am frustrated with my Spanish for having missed it, but maybe after conversing in Spanish for 2 hours it slipped through, or maybe (hopefully), I was having a side conversation and didn't catch it.
All to say, Ruby was dedicated this morning at our church.
Chapman Trivia: Ruby is the only one of our daughters who has been dedicated in a church. This is not because we didn't want to with the other girls, but somehow, in our time in Fresno, it never came up and time passed and neither were ever dedicated.
Before the dedication, during a time of open sharing, an elderly gentleman of 93 years shared that this would be his last Sunday attending church. Due to his age and the difficulty of traveling around and getting out of the house, attending church would no longer happen for him. I found it somewhat ironic (circle of life?) that the same day our church community was dedicating a new young life into the fold, another member was gracefully bowing out from regular attendance.
|Ruby and Mario, age 93|
|The closest we got to a family photo.|
|Alert and bright-eyed.|
|The presentation of Ruby to the church, and a request that the church come alongside us as parents.|
Ruby did great throughout the whole presentation. She didn't cry or fuss, and was happy looking out at everyone.
|Ruth Keidel Clemens, International Program Director for MCC US, is in Guatemala this month, and was able to attend Ruby's dedication.|
Our girls will be a part of several different communities in their lifetimes. I'm thankful this church has committed to helping us, as parents, with the role of teaching and guiding our daughters.