Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Special Sunday

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 
match mine.  
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.

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Deanna Fike said...

oh my gosh...that little boy next to belle in that group shot. he definitely cracked me up. :)

Haley Galloway said...

I LOVE it! Congrats! I grew up Catholic and first communions were VERY special in our household.  I can't wait to see my kids celebrate theirs someday! 

Olivia said...

Isn't he so cute?!  They were getting a little restless at that point after sitting through a very long service and then having a million photos taken!!

Olivia said...

Thank you, Haley!!  It was a very special day indeed and a proud mama moment!!

Nessa said...

How special!  What a blessing and wonderful celebration.

Olivia said...

Thank you!  It was a very special day for us all!