February 22, 2010

This is the way we go to church.

Babywearing in the snow

Ivy had a little bit of a runny nose yesterday morning so I decided to keep her out of the church nursery. I hadn't had her in the service with me in a long time (if you only could have seen her dancing to the music in the mei tai).


I kept her in the sling, and was thankful she could watch us worship in church.

And such innocence, such a free-child, she raised her hands and clapped along.

When the message started I stood in the back and nursed her to sleep (it's easier that way in the mei tai, for me.)

babywearing at church
New friends, Emma & Alister.

Finding our new church home is like finally locating the missing piece to a puzzle [of life.] I didn't realize how awkward I was feeling in my own skin, not having the right fit of church family. We have it now.

And not just because some people there wear their babies (but it's a nice perk.)

church babywearing


Missio Dei is where we go to church.
Baby So Smart is the [absolute favorite] mei tai I'm wearing (given to me as a gift.)


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44 comments:

  1. This is awesome. We go to, FINALLY!, church in a gym, too.

    You look gorgeous.

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  2. That is awesome. i love finding a great church family. It really is essential.

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  3. So glad you found your place where you belong.

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  4. Those are such sweet pictures! It makes me want to have a little one again!

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  5. YAY!! Our church services are held in the performing arts center of our school district. I love it.

    Glad you found your church family. It's such a nice feeling.

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  6. We finally found a church home in December of 2008, and it's WONDERFUL. Some of my sweetest friends come from relationships I've formed there.

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  7. Cute pictures! Our church is in a section of a Fitness center.

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  8. Love it! Sounds very familiar to me, since I babywear in church weekly... usually a sling for discreet nursing-to-sleep, but sometimes a wrap or mei tai. We're meeting in a gym, too. :)

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  9. I love when you find the right fit for your family at a church. Just like a puzzle piece that finally completes the photo.

    I have been a floating puzzle for a while-I miss it, but I know that I will find the right church.

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  10. I found my church home 3 years ago. My husband attends a different church though and they don't have a nursery. When we go with him (like this past Sunday), I usually wear John in my hotsling. John is 18 months and though he thinks he's a big boy, he still settles better cuddling momma!

    Your pics are beautiful. Glad you found your home!

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  11. So glad you found a place that feels like home for you.

    That's so important.

    Sweet photos.

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  12. Thrilled for you that you found a church that feels like home!
    We go to a "portable" church too - helped start it, actually.

    On weekdays, when I drive by the school our church meets in, my kids always wonder why there are so many people at church and we're not there! The building is church to them and they forget it's really a school. :)

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  13. Finding the right fit for your family at a church is a must. I am so glad that you have found your nitch, and I pray you'll experience the love of Jesus more than you ever have before!

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  14. Y'all both look so beautiful in that first pic! So happy you found a church that fits you. I wish I could! I'm still praying I will!

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  15. My husband and I are still searching for the right church. I know mostly it is all what you make of it, but if things don't click it's hard to feel at home. Yours sounds like a good'un :)

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  16. i'm so happy for you all. i swear we were JUST sitting on the playroom floor and you said you knew this is what was missing. and here it is.

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  17. I am very happy for you all!! A great church family makes such a huge difference!

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  18. I hate you for all your pretty:)
    (that is the best compliment my sisters and I can ever give each other....)

    We go to church in a converted auto garage:) Its magic.


    Sara Sophia

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  19. I'm in the market for a new Mei Tai, off to check the site linked, thanks!

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  20. My local coffee shop lets a church rent out their space on Sundays. Everyone looks like they're having a great time and the venue is quaint.

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  21. Look at that smile! What a happy wee Ivy!

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  22. I love that first picture of you and your little one. Beautiful!:)

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  23. I'm so glad you found a church home! I am currently praying to find one, too.

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  24. Steph -
    I am SO glad you have found your church home. I think I go to a similar church - where all are accepted, and the babywearers are plentiful!

    I'm seriously giddy for you!

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  25. So so happy you found a place that fits. A place where you belong. It's so important.

    You and Ivy look gorgeous.

    Bri

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  26. We'll have to come visit sometime. Valpo is a bit far for us, but we're 'church shopping' right now, and I'm really enjoying visiting all the different churches in NWI. I love to see how we are all one body, but many different parts. Cool to see!

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  27. Well aren't you mothers so cute together wearing your little ones? So glad you found a church you feel good about - so important!

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  28. I grew up in a church that never had a "church" to meet in. I actually prefer to meet in a church because it feels more stable to me. But I wouldn't let that keep me from a church if I felt God calling me there.

    There are several really amazing churches I'd love to try out, but I'd have to move to Texas or Colorado --- so far, we've not found the "perfect" fit for us yet. I'll keep trying, though, because I'm starving --- oh so thirsty for the spirit of God that church brings to me.

    I'm so happy you've found your church tribe. May it be even more amazing each Sunday you go!

    Nell

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  29. Yay for finding a church you feel comfortable in! We love ours, too.
    And? You and Ivy both look gorgeous. GREAT photo.

    elizabeth

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  30. We have worked hard lately to find a place we are comfortable to go to church. It is 30 minutes away so sometimes we go some place closer to home. We do not like it as much but it makes going to our church possible - that freedom to pick depending on the week. Feeling comfortable at church is so important.

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  31. If we lived any closer I would totally say we we went to the same church, community, discipleship, worship, and so forth. Love what the church website had to say. We also have a good bit of babywearing and nursing, love it! Can't wait to read how Christ draws you closer to himself through this body.

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  33. Where you meet doesn't matter to me. It's just a building, the people are the church. But I do believe, strongly, that church is supposed to be an extension of your family. I'm glad you've found one that feels more like home! As a PW, I think that is extremely important!!

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  34. No problem on deleting the comment by mistake. I'm sure I've done it before, or I will be at some point!

    Like I said earlier, I think it's wonderful that you've been able to find a church that feels like home, and a church communtity that feels like family. I'm still searching for that myself. It must feel like an aching, empty place within yourself is finally filled once you finally find that church.

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  35. I really like that mei tai! I've got my eye on one now that the boy is starting to get heavy.

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  36. Love the pics!!! I cannot wait to find a home again.... I have been escorted out of church for having B with us!!!! UGH!

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  37. You girls are too darn cute! It was great to hear how you are so content in your church. I actually just wrote a post today about how we are searching for a church to call home. We visited one this past Sunday and I was so happy to be in church again. I'm praying that we find a place where we can be content also! Thanks for the hope!

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  38. Adorable! and your friend & her baby boy are so cute, too! :)

    I usually put Natalie in the nursery, but last week she had a cold, so I stood in the back with her in my stretchy wrap (she doesn't like me to sit while she's being worn), and it was sweet. :)

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  39. I'm so glad you found a church to call "home."

    P.S. You are so photogenic!

    stephanie@metropolitanmama.net

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  40. Finding our new church home is like finally locating the missing piece to a puzzle [in life]

    i absolutely agree with you! when we found our church we just knew.

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  41. Glad you found your church family. It's such a nice feeling.

    Work from home India

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  42. How wonderful! We continue to search for our right fit :)

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