Holy Communion

I feel like I should start my blog with…

Once upon a time, I had a blog.

Then I got a full-time job.

Then I was too tired to blog.

Life has been crazy busy, but that seems to be the norm around here.

Summer is not quite here on the calendar, but the university where I work is now in Summer Sessions and my kids are already out of school for the summer!

So, what have we been up to?

Well, Baby just completed a rite of passage for 2nd graders of the Catholic faith.

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She just finished participating in her First Holy Communion.

As a Protestant Girl in a Catholic World, this is my second First Holy Communion.

Big had hers a few years ago.

It was sweet.

She went bonkers (and not in a good way) during the practice and we weren’t sure they were going to let her participate.

Big did muuuuch better at the actual service and has been participating in Holy Communion ever since.

Now, in Pennsylvania you can tell First Communion season by the sea of white organza dresses lining the aisles of Macy’s, Penny’s, Bon Ton and Boscov’s.

We had nooooooo problem finding her a dress!

Fast Forward to last March, and it wasn’t so pretty.

Apparently in the South there aren’t so many girls needing little, white dresses with veils.

I searched HIGH, I search low, but there was nothing.

I got online and scoured the internet.

Nothing that seemed to scream, “BABY GIRL!”

You’ve got to remember, this is Baby of the screaming bright tights!

This is Baby of the tutu skirts!

This is Baby of the hot-pink fingerless gloves!

This is Baby of, “Father had to remind me of some of my sins.” when she went to her first confession.

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Everything I found was deemed, “Rather plainish, don’t you think?”

Finally, God must have realized that our child was about to accept her First Holy Communion in the only white dress I could find!

A SLIP!

When, I got to Jackson and Macy’s.

There was a chorus from the angelic choir as we reached the top of the escalator and what did appear?

An entire, BEAUTIFUL rank of white dresses!

It wasn’t a sea, but I was willing to take what I could get!

We found one that seemed to be a Mama Bear kind of dress…

You know…

…JUST RIGHT!

I spent the next couple of weeks trying to keep her out of it.

Anything white that spends more than 5 seconds on Baby is bound to get stained.

It’s one of her super powers.

She was beautiful!

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I think she’s going to be wearing that dress to church often, because she was so pious in it!

However, if it is my child, you know there is going to be some issue.

For Baby it was

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Veil Fail

We got it fixed as I watched her sitting across the church with her class and I realized it was happening again…

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I like to think she was just trying to be stylish.

Yeah…

I think I’m going to run with that one…

Stylish

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