Sunday, April 28, 2013

A boy and his Bible

Today our church presented all graduating kindergartners with a Bible of their very own. Isaiah already owns three Bibles so he was a little less than excited when we told him about this Bible.  Therefore we prepped him to have an appropriate response.  Just a polite "Thank you"... not... "Thank you...grumble...grumble...I already have 3 at home...grumble...grumble..."

Turns out he was very excited about the entire process.  Joe and I on the other hand should have prepared ourselves (and hearts) a little more.

(decorating his Bible bag)
What we thought was going to be a simple 5 minute "here is your new Bible" moment was actually a one hour "parents write in Bible (including underlining favorite or meaningful passages for your child) and pray with your child and Bible then present the Bible in front of the group with a special message for your child" event!  Yikes.

We were totally caught off guard.  Which added to our underlying stresses (me = crabby, clingy baby pulling my hair, Joe = feeling unprepared for tomorrow's test) did not make for the ideal Bible dedication scenario.  Sorry Isaiah.  We really hope and pray we didn't mess this one up too much!



It really was a lovely little "ceremony" in which the children were encouraged to read their Bibles and to learn the one and only Truth so that no matter where they go they will know God's word. 

4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. (Deuteronomy 6)
(A drawing on Isaiah's Sunday school wall. I am a monster! And Isaiah is a tick?!)

At least I was dressed appropriately for this monumental event:) That was sheer coincidence. I was just so excited to wear a dress as it is finally  Spring-like outside!

Thankfully we will be re-presenting this Bible to Isaiah in front of the entire church on Mother's Day.  I am sure by then Joe and I will be able to get our act together and plan a coherent and meaningful Bible dedication for our first born child!


  1. You look beautiful and don't worry too much. Our children have an incredible gift to remember only the good parts of their "big" days. I am sure he will be thrilled with the Mother's Day celebration.

    1. Thank you Mary...that is encouraging! Sometimes I feel like he is going to look back and think "wow my parents really did NOT have it together!"