Kenton’s Dedicadream

Yesterday was a big day in our house… Dedication day!

About twenty family members and close friends joined us for the event at our church and then came over to the Dream for a little lunch celebration.  Kenton thought it was extra special that his great-grandmother was here from California to witness this event.

(so did I – we also had a great aunt and uncle all the way from Maine!)

For those who don’t know, a dedication is not a baptism.  We believe that faith is something each person decides on their own, their parents or family of origin cannot choose it for them.  For that reason, in a dedication, we commit to raise Kenton in a Christian home, with our prayer being that he comes to know the Lord on his own at a young age.  If and when that happens, he can choose to be publicly baptized himself as an outward expression of his inward faith.  So, the dedication is more about we as parents and what we commit to do for our son, than it is about choosing a religion for him or guaranteeing his salvation.

We happen to go to a very large church, Scottsdale Bible Church, and it was a little nervewracking to be up in front of so many people (okay, not really for the Mr. & I, we’re both professional communicators – and Kenton seemed to love it too.  He even tried to steal the mic at one point.  Future reporter like momma?!)  The Mr. was the one with the tough job – reading the blessing we had written for our little man while not getting emotional and in the midst of battling a painful sinus infection.  He did a fantastic job!

watching the other families, young sir got a smidge restless

almost our turn!

so glad Jason read the blessing, I definitely would have been too emotional!

all done!

what up, mom? that was a piece of cake! (with grandpa)

The church really did a fantastic job.  They gave us a beautiful frame with Kenton’s picture and our blessing.  Definitely a keeper!  Just need to find a wall in the Dream for it…

Speaking of the Dream, our sweet friends and family continued the party back at our house.  I wanted to throw a big bash, but then remembered Kenton’s birthday is only a couple of months away (WHAT?!)… so I tried to keep things simple.  We did a fun yellow and blue color scheme and a nice, but simple lunch – croissants with this yummy chicken salad recipe (from my old TV station in Nebraska!), chips, fruit and homemade by grandma cupcakes.  Delish!

Such a fun and special day!  Thanks so much to those who helped us celebrate!

The major bummer… I didn’t get a really good pic of Kenton in his whole, cute getup – but I did snap this shot before we left in the morning and posted it on Instagram…

((SIGH)) Love him.

(Are you on Instagram?  Find me at “MrsDreamer” – I’ll follow you back!)

About Michelle Fortin

Michelle Fortin is a follower of Jesus, a wife and a mom. She's also an award winning broadcast journalist and public relations professional. Michelle spent nearly a decade working in television newsrooms across the country, both behind and in front of the camera. Training future broadcast journalists in her faculty associate roles at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and at Arizona Christian University was a cherished focus of her post-TV career. Today, she maintains a roster of public relations clients focused on empowering fellow “momprenuers.” She also serves as a speaker for various women's and mom's events. Michelle received her bachelor’s degree from Biola University and Master of Mass Communication (MMC) from Arizona State University. She and her husband, two young kids and English bulldog call Scottsdale, Arizona, home.

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