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Ava’s Dedication

I am utterly exhausted as I write this…… today has been one of those beautiful, memorable, special days, the type I never thought I’d get to experience.

Today, at 10am, we stood up in front of our church and had our precious little miracle dedicated. In the congregation, my mother and father and brother were there, along with my in-laws and a few of our closest friends. It was a proud moment when we were called to the front and I heard people admiring our little angel, how cute she looked and how pretty she is. We stood with our two pastors in front of the church as they gave a short sermon, explaining why they were performing a dedication and not a baptism as we don’t believe in baptizing children and from there a special prayer, a blessing prayer was prayed over Ava and Walter and I. It was very special indeed. After the service, we came back to our house where we shared a light finger lunch and champagne surrounded by pink Gerbera’s, pink & lilac balloons and every other pink and lilac decoration I could get my hands on.

It was a very special, intimate affair and I felt very blessed to have our beautiful daughter surrounded by so much love. She got spoiled rotten as well, a junior Bacio bracelet, another beautiful bracelet from my cousin and her husband, lots and lots of books, including her first bible and her first story book about Jesus.

At the end of the day, after all the guests had left, I stood in our garden and released 7 of the pink & lilac balloons up into the air, said my own prayer of thanks to God and symbolically tried to let go of my past and look to the future.

Not a lot of photo’s taken, but here are a few:

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29 Comments

  • Reply gailsnail

    Ahh! Looks like a very special day indeed and Ava looks so gorgeous in her little outfit!

    May 16, 2010 at 8:45 pm
  • Reply mozzie01

    Shaz, what a beautiful day!!! I love your idea to let the balloons go into the sky! And how cute were the cupcakes??!?!? Everything was just perfect…like your little angel!
    Love ya!
    x x x x

    May 16, 2010 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply jahni

    Stunning. Congratulations!

    May 16, 2010 at 9:38 pm
  • Reply lea2109

    Absolutely stunning Sharon! What a special day!

    May 16, 2010 at 9:57 pm
  • Reply niseysmusings

    What a special day. congratulations

    May 17, 2010 at 6:29 am
  • Reply ksmind

    Mazeltov mazeltov!!

    May 17, 2010 at 7:18 am
  • Reply tanyakov

    Congrats – everything and everyone looked gorgeous!

    May 17, 2010 at 8:35 am
  • Reply tzipieastwest

    So special ! Congratulations Sharon and W !!

    May 17, 2010 at 9:16 am
  • Reply rvdmerwe

    As always when I read these special posts I get all teary! What an amazing time for you and W. Congrats. May the years ahead bring you so much joy, love, laughter and happiness. You so deserve this! Lots of love.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:38 am
  • Reply marina1605

    Beautiful! Congratulations Sharon. You look so happy and it’s wonderful.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:48 am
  • Reply hanneke001

    Ahhh, you all look so happy, and she looks so cute in her outfit !! Many congrats !!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:07 am
  • Reply wheresmybun

    It was such a special day and I felt so blessed to have shared it with you!

    May 17, 2010 at 10:14 am
  • Reply thebinges

    Congratulations Sharon, Walter and Ava. What an absolutely special and beautiful day.

    XXX

    May 17, 2010 at 11:14 am
  • Reply charnetrollip

    The photos are stunning!

    Ava looked beautiful as ever!

    Praise God once again that you got to dedicate your beautfiul daughter!

    My heart ached yesterday that we could not make it, but my thoughts were with you all the time, especially around the time of the dedciation!

    Letting those ballons go as a symbol of letting your past go well that just gave me chills and a huge lump in my throat.

    I miss you my friend

    love to Ava
    xxx

    May 17, 2010 at 12:41 pm
  • Reply aussiekim

    What a special day~!
    All of the photo’s are lovely. Especially love the one of you and Ava Sharon – just gorgeous~!

    May 17, 2010 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Zeu

    What a special day indeed. Congratulations! Your daughter really is beyond precious 🙂
    D

    May 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm
  • Reply darylfaure

    Sharon it all looked so lovely! I am so pleased it was such a special occassion for you. I was thinking of you all on Sunday morning and said a special little prayer for you 3 as well. I love the symbolism of releasing the balloons as well. Congrats to you and Walter.

    May 17, 2010 at 2:20 pm
  • Reply bratty37

    Congratulations…may you be blessed forever

    May 17, 2010 at 2:24 pm
  • Reply ninadan21

    Congratulations! What a special day!

    May 17, 2010 at 3:10 pm
  • Reply mrssee2

    And all the admiring people were right…she is an absolute gorge!!!

    May 17, 2010 at 3:25 pm
  • Reply samcy

    It was a special day – thanks for including us in your celebration. I love how you sent up those 7 balloons. Very special.

    xxx

    May 17, 2010 at 5:03 pm
  • Reply orbit365

    Congrats to all of you. Such a special day with such a special girl. This post gave me goosebumps. I love the pics. And I had a tear in my eye when I read about your release of 7 balloons.
    Much love to all of you..xx
    Julia

    May 17, 2010 at 8:43 pm
  • Reply yvettene

    Such a special and blessed day. Ava is so special and such a blessing, yesterday was another one of those beautiful and blessed times that God has brought to you and your family. May they continue and may you all be blest abundantly. That picture with you and Ava says it all, Mother and Daughter so beautiful and so happy!

    May 17, 2010 at 9:14 pm
  • Reply zamom

    I can’t see the photos so am hoping you’ll put some up on facebook?? So glad the weather was good and mostly that you got to experience such a wonderful occasion.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:25 pm
  • Reply Jaded

    Congratulations! What a special moment and i love the photos and yes the cupcakes. I know that a ‘releasing’ of the balloons moment is in my future as well. I think it was beautifully appropriate ending to your day.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply zamom

    My very clever hubby managed to sort out the photo problem. Oh wow, everything looked so gorgeous.

    May 17, 2010 at 9:36 pm
  • Reply peanuttam

    What a beautiful day my friend. Ava is the most precious little thing ever!!! I too love the baloon idea

    Hugs xxx

    May 18, 2010 at 9:21 am
  • Reply Mash

    Congratulations!!!

    May 18, 2010 at 9:28 am
  • Reply kirstymac72

    stunning! x Congrats x-x
    We must catch up soooon…. haven’t seen little Ava for ages! x

    May 19, 2010 at 5:08 pm
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