Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Dedicated: Set Apart, Consecrated

a ruby red jewel

confidence; belief

Ruby has already been such a wonderful blessing to this family.  Even before her life began, her name was working in our lives. 
 This past week we got to publicly declare that we will continue to raise her in family of faith.

Ruby was dedicated this past Sunday. We consecrated and set her apart.
She will be raised to know God.  She will have the support of her blood family and her church family who will be an example and a source for her to grow in the wisdom and knowledge of God and His Word.

Many family members came to visibly show their support.
(click on the pictures to see them larger)

 Ruby was happy.

We all prayed for God's hand to be on her and evident in her life and her life's purpose.

It was a very special day for us.  I remember the last baby dedication I happened to attend at church.  How I longed to be up there.  How I imagined I would have been up there with those new parents by that time of the year.  Yes, God is faithful.  I knew we would be dedicating a baby, and when the time came for us it was so very special and blessed.  
Faith truly IS the substance of things hoped for. 
 It is the evidence of things not (yet!) seen.

Ruby is a happy, healthy, and blessed baby!  We had her four month check up (a little late) today.
She is 14 pounds, 10 ounces. 27 1/2 inches long.
Absolutely perfect!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

4 Months Old!

 Ruby is 4 months old today!

Her biggest accomplishment:  finding her VOICE!

She likes to YELL.  Not angrily.  Not upset.  Just talking REALLY LOUDLY. :)

She is sitting forward more when given a little bit of support, and of course....

 everything goes straight to her mouth.

She is loving her thumb.  
Rolling back to front every single time we lay her down.
She even inches along a little bit by squirming around while on her belly.
Still a great sleeper (most of the time, as long as I am good on my no dairy diet) and wakes up happy.

She is also enjoying her toys on her tray while we eat dinner...and constantly throwing them in the floor.  Noah, ever looking for a reason to get out of his chair and not eat, 
is eager to gather them for her, time after time.
This Sunday is her dedication at church.  She outgrew the outfit we were going to put her in (Katie's dedication dress), also outgrew the second choice, and isn't big enough yet for the alternate second choice.  So....she will be getting something new to wear after all! :)
Happy 4 months Ruby!  

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Two Posts in One Day!

Here's Ruby, enjoying her exersaucer. :)

Mountains 2011

Ruby's First Vacation!  The kids first trip since 2008 I believe.  We stayed in a cabin with plenty of games anda  fantastic view!  We visited Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies ($7/each with homeschool discount!).  I had some dairy free fried apple pie, Corey got to eat fritters with apple butter, and a GREAT time was had by all!!!!  Here are some pics