The past two years prior to this one I have been expecting. In 2009 I was quite ripe and in 2010 I actually had no idea I was even pregnant... I love to look at last year's picture and laugh at how absolutely clueless I was. If you look back at that post please note my long list of indulgences... unbeknownst to me I was obviously already eating for two!
An added bonus this year was being with the Ryan's!
You can always count on Aunt Jess for a impromptu science lesson :)
Lael LOVED the rides, but a note about taking an almost two year old to the fair: Understanding of how rides work is limited. The ride WILL end, and you MUST get off. Meltdowns will most likely occur. Thankfully, Ruthie couldn't have cared less about basically everything we did which was pretty nice. :)
This girl begged to go on the boat, and her daddy, being the great daddy that he is, and with an iron stomach I might add, took her on it.
I braved the bumble bee.
The carousel was the biggest hit by far...
especially when you have a handsome prince to ride it with.
On Sunday, October 2nd, Ruthie was baptized and became a member of our church family. We baptized Ruthie as a sign and seal that she is a child of the Covenant of Grace with us. Baptism signifies not what we have done, but rather what Christ has accomplished for us. The water represents the cleansing that Ruthie's heart needs and which only Christ can accomplish in her life. Just as Ruthie was passive in her reception of this sacrament, so too are we all in receiving grace through faith in Christ. And God's promises are sealed not only for us but also for our children. He has set her apart and she is a Covenant child. Glory be to God!
You can read a more detailed explanation of infant baptism and see the pictures from Lael's baptism here.
Jess wrote a great post about Benson's baptism. Go read it here.
Ruthie wore the bonnet that she wore home from the hospital (which was mine as a baby), the baptismal gown that was worn by me, my sister, and Lael, and the cross necklace that was given to me by my parents when I was baptized and was worn by Lael for her baptism.
Rev. Brian Habig and Mark Bakker
Sweet thing slept through all of it. :)
"Patricia Ruth Ingram, Child of the Covenant, I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit."
"The Lord bless you and keep you;
the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;
the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace."
We've come a long way sinceApril! It seems unreal that both of our babes are here and getting so big! Look at Thomas... is he not the most precious lil' chunk-o-luv??!!
Here are the babes who have worn our baptismal gown...
... and we are eternally grateful to God that we were able to add another.
Ruthie girl, Jesus loves you so much.
We can't thank Him enough for blessing our lives with you and we pray daily that the Lord, even now, would begin drawing you to Himself.