Sweet Girl, Sweet Cake, Sweet Jesus

Hey there, you!

Sorry it’s been awhile. I promise I haven’t forgotten you, it’s just, y’know: LIFE! (Gosh, I wish I had a way to gather this community right around me so we could do this crazy thing together – because wouldn’t that be awesome?!)

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If you follow me on Instagram, you already know what I’ve been getting up to these past couple weeks, but if Instagram’s not your thing and you’re feeling out of the loop, let me bring you on over and fill you in.

First of all, though, I want to give a little shout out to all you mamas! And I do mean all you mamas: Moms of many, moms of few, moms of onlies, expectant mothers, mothers of saints in heaven, birth moms, forever moms, single moms, married moms, mentor moms, second moms, grandmas, auntie moms, and spiritual mothers: YOU ARE AMAZING!!! Thank you for your sacrifice, love, and commitment to all your children, whether home grown or heart grown, born or lost or found. Whether joy-filled or sorrow-tinged, I hope this Mother’s Day saw you loved. Because you are so. loved.

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It was definitely a good Mother’s Day here. The first Mother’s Day I have EVER spent with both my mom and my mother-in-law!! The hubs took our crazy crew out for brunch. After that, there was bocce, there was wine, there was sunshine–not to mention some amaaaaaazing beef. Yup, recipe for a good day right there.

But the day before took the cake. Literally.

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Because Sugar received her First Holy Communion!!!!!!!

Can I just say, she has been looking forward to this day for sooooooooo loooooooong!! This child…her faith has left me knee-bent humbled so many times I’ve gone and lost count. Her love for Jesus, her reverence for the Eucharist reminds me that it’s a child’s faith we’re all meant to be striving for. That uninhibited, open-hearted embrace of the Almighty. Wow. This is faith.

“Mom? How come we’re having a party?”
Me: Don’t you want one? (Because I already ordered the cake.)
“Sure, but I mean, the Mass is the party. I don’t really need anything else.”

((proud mama moment))

Excuse me while I squeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!

Ah, done. Now for pictures.

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She was feeling a bit shy, so smiles were difficult to capture.

Smirks? Grimaces? Goofy grins? All available in spades. But smiles were tricky…

(The cake helped.)

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Believe it or not, I wore that dress and veil 24 years ago. It was so special sharing them with my precious girl. But more than that: the pure joy of watching her receive Jesus in this special way for the first time.

Heart = overflowing.

And as if that weren’t enough, there was this:

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My best friend flew 2700 miles with her almost-2-year-old in her lap (because we all know how relaxing that is) to be here for her goddaughter’s special day. My mama came with her and stayed on through Mother’s Day. (Godmommy red-eyed home on Saturday so she and her baby boy could spend the day with her family, as it should be.)

Family flying, party planning, house guests, catechism crunching, zoo trips with aunties and cousins… All very good reasons not to be on my laptop. (I think you’d agree.)

We had a full plate, and boy did we savor every bit!

Thanks for the time off, beautiful readers! It was good times here in Seattle. Y’all are so understanding – and as awesome as the last two weeks have been, I’m so glad to be back with you!

What’s going on in your Spring? Any other first communicants out there? Or babies? – I feel like half my friends announced a pregnancy this weekend (none here, though, just saying).

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