Stay for the Sunsets

I promise, I will stop posting about California after this. (Until our next trip…) But, I did save the best for last. On our last day, we enjoyed soaking up the beaches around where we were staying in Dana Point. We didn’t really make plans to see anything in particular. We knew on the last day we would want some time to just soak up the things we loved. After lunch in Laguna, we drove up the coast a ways to Newport Beach to enjoy the scenic drive and let Cove sleep. On our way back, Ian told me he had a surprise for when we got back. A few months before our trip, I had mentioned how I wanted to dedicate Cove on the beach at some point. A little after Cove was born, we dedicated him formally at our church in front of friends and family, but I still wanted just the three of us to do something special together. Ian, being the gem of a husband and father he is, had remembered me mentioning it and surprised me by taking us to one of…

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The greatest gift I’ve ever given

Baby dedication is so much more to me than formal gowns and rehearsed prayers. It always has been. Before I had even met Ian, I remember crying with my hands stretched out towards the families during dedications at church. I knew then how much it needed to be celebrated that these families were giving their babies’ lives to Christ. I never quite knew how much it would impact me until I had a child of my own. When Ian and I first decided we wanted a baby, I would pray daily for our children. Months went by as we tried to conceive, (and for those who may be struggling with fertility issues or who have faced that battle know the pain,) I would cry and pray as Hannah prayed in 1 Samuel, that God would bless us with a child to raise. Then in January 2015, He did. But what I didn’t realize, is that I would give that child back to the Lord much sooner than I expected. In February 2015, we gave Shiloh back to the Lord. For those of…

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