On Sunday, Isabelle made her first Communion, a very special day in a little Catholic's
life. She and her second grade class have been preparing all year: studying their
Catechism and learning their prayers. At only eight years old, she is at the very beginning
of her spiritual life, laying down the foundation and developing a very young
understanding of what it means to know and serve something larger than herself. As
her mother, that has been a very powerful journey for me to witness. Her innocent
and loving heart inspires me to view the world differently, gives me a great sense
of responsibility to live my life knowing that she is watching and molding her ways to
Our priest gave the children a piece of advice during mass on Sunday: from this day
forward, live each day with the enthusiasm you feel right now. The joy and excitement
you are feeling for this moment: let it fill your soul during even the everyday
moments. Such a beautiful and simple reminder: to live each day big and bold and
full of possibility. I have thought of those words many times since, held onto them
because they touched my heart in such a powerful way.
It was a beautiful weekend and Isabelle was blessed to be surrounded by her whole
family, including Shawn's parents who flew in from Arizona. Shawn and I cooked
all weekend and spoiled our precious house guests to no end. We watched old home
movies and made new ones, stayed up late into the night talking, had a girls' only
shopping trip and played outside until sunset.
It was a weekend I don't think I'll ever forget.