We decided to put artificial grass in the backyard. Rian tore down the bouganvilla, dug out the grass, and did layers of drainage prep before laying the new stuff. It looks awesome and the kids are in love.
We dedicated Charlie at church with family and our close friends. It was sweet and sacred and something we did with each kid, choosing a unique life verse for all 3 of them. We gave Charlie Colossians 3:17. "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him." Before our loved ones prayed over him, Rian read a blessing we wrote to him. It's at the bottom.
Charlie, we love you so much! We pray that you will grow up to follow Jesus closely—That you will seek Him at an early age and continue to grow in your understanding as you make choices on your own. Mommy and I commit to praying for you all the time and following God’s leading as we rely on God’s strength to raise you into a man of God. We pray that we will set an example for you in our daily lives and you will see the power of the Holy Spirit living in us and guiding us. We pray that we will encourage you to practice and use your spiritual gifts and that you will grow in wisdom and influence to attract others to love God, too. We pray for your protection as you grow physically, relationally, emotionally, spiritually and in all other areas of this fragile life on earth. We pray that you will gain understanding of eternity and live with an eternal perspective, knowing there’s more to life than what is physically around you. We pray that you will savor God’s blessings throughout your life and set up stones of remembrance that will always remind you of how faithful our God is to us. You are one of Mommy and Daddy’s huge stones of remembrance as we will always be reminded of how much God blessed us with you. We love you and dedicate you to God now and for your whole life.