Today was Liam's infant dedication at our church. We don't do infant baptisms, because we believe that becoming a believer and taking that step is a decision that a person should make for themselves (rather than their parrents doing it on their behalf). But the dedication is a chance for the parents (and in our case, siblings) to go before the congregation and declare their intent to raise the child in the church, and a chance for the congregation to declare their support of the family. I really like the way our church does this, including a class for the family before the actual dedication to provide guidance and resources for the parents.
So anyway, today was kind of a big deal for us. We were very happy to be able to share the day with Ben's parents, Ben's grandmother, my mom, and my sister and her boyfriend. Our good friends Rob and Andrea were also able to come, which was very reminiscent of when we went to their daughter Hailey's dedication at this time last year. After the actual service, our small group (who we've been with for 2 1/2 years) was able to join us at the house for lunch, so we were very happy about being able to celebrate with so many good friends, all of whom we hope will continue to be a strong influence in Liam's life as he grows up.
Here are a few pictures of our family all fancied up for the occassion. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures of the service itself or of us with extended family or friends, as our camera's battery died immediately upon walking through the doors of church. I'll have to wait for the grandmas to send me copies of theirs.