I counted around 35 steps at the library the other day - they've got a great open space for him to cruise around in. His balance is great, he can stop and go, and turn around... so fun to watch.
We had him dedicated at church this past Sunday. I always find baby dedications to be a special time, since the congregation speaks out loud these words:
As your faith community, we support you as you bring this child of your love and the love of your Heavenly Father. As you commit your child and yourself to the Father, we commit ourselves to you, to support, to encourage, to pray and to take an active part in the nurturing of this young life. As God is our witness, we receive this child in love, and promise to be unto your child, father, mother, brother, sister and friend.
It is one way that you can practically feel the ties between us growing and strengthening. A great picture of church, and a great reassurance that we are not alone in our desire for this boy to grow up with a heart for Jesus.
We are so thankful that our parents could be there as well as a few of his aunts, uncles, and cousins, and that they could all spend the day with us.