We've decided to do a football themed party for his 1st birthday & dedication celebration. I'm not sure if I was able to completely emphasized the theme but I think it turned out pretty well (see for yourself and tell me if it justified the theme, lol!).
To those who don't know what a dedication is, it's just like "Christening" the children, the only difference is that it's presided by a Pastor instead of a priest and there's no water baptism involved. The child is just prayed over and dedicated to the Lord. The same happened back in the bible times with Jesus and the prophet Samuel when they were dedicated to the Lord at their very young age.
OK, going back to Nate's birthday, we started late (as usual). I've originally announced a 3pm start date in the invitations with the intention that we could start an hour after but we were late for I think about 1:15 mins. We started with singing children songs and solemn songs then proceeded with the dedication proper. We had an inspiring message from our dear Ptr. Boni and we were all reminded and encouraged to do our best to raise our children the way God wanted us to be. We, the parents and the godparents vowed to help rear the child to the knowledge of God. I always love dedications (kahit dati pa na ninang lang ako).
The kids rendered a song I taught them it's entitled "More Like Christ", I love this song so much because it taught us to strive to be more and more like Christ.
Here are some of the many photos on Nate's 1st birthday and dedication. These are taken my of course, my very own Norbie Joy Lanzaderas and I'm telling you, this girl is really skilled and amazing at taking photos. They're all very lovely. (Btw, Nate wasn't very cooperative the entire time, he was fussy, overwhelmed and uncomfortable but it was still a great experience).
|1 Samuel 1:28 "Therefor also, I have lent him to the LORD; as long as he liveth, he shall be lent to the LORD."|
|Family Photo (with the silly looking kiddos :D)|
|"I WANT DAT THING!!!!"|
|Nate's speech: "aaaahhhh" lol|
|Photo opp with the kids. :)|
|brethren who came all the way from Bulacan (thank you so much!)|
|with some of the godparents|
Here's a the complete list of my posts about Nate's 1st Birthday, Dedication and Preparation: