Gianna's big day!
Wheeeew! What a weekend! It started out with the Prom for the older three on Friday and finished up with Gianna's First Holy Communion today with a few baseball games and a birthday thrown in for good measure. It was crazy, busy, chaotic and worth every minute! (Kind of like my family!) It is Sunday evening and I am finally sitting down for the first time today. I just want to take a minute to reflect on the day.
Gianna received her First Holy Communion today along with her 6 Faith Formation classmates. The excitement was obvious in their smiles and giggles. The spiffy suits and beautiful dresses, were outward symbols of the importance of the day. Oh my word, were they ever cute! Fancy clothes or not, they were still second graders and were bouncing all over the place as their teacher, Ms Roseanne, herded them into one spot in the basement of the church. I chuckled as I walked through the room. The two little girls were squealing and chattering to each other and the boys were zipping all over the place. I went upstairs and took my seat beside Brian and waited for mass to begin. We heard them come up the stairs and then it happened. The giddiness and giggles were replaced with quiet and reverence. They were still smiling, but they realized the importance of what was going to happen.
Gianna processing in.
From my seat right behind Gianna, I was able to watch her throughout mass. She sang each song, recited each prayer and knew all of the responses. She had spoken excitedly about receiving Communion. She had mentioned that she wanted to be a part of ALL of the mass. She was FINALLY going to fully participate in the mass, especially the most important part of it, receiving the Body and Blood of Jesus.
Hearing her "Amen!" brought tears to my eyes.
She was so excited that she couldn't stop smiling.
She knelt in prayer, still smiling when she returned to her seat.
Gianna and her classmates
The Hough family 11
Gianna with her dad and I
Gianna and her godparents, Bob and Peggy.
She just loves them and without a doubt the feeling is mutual.
It wasn't only First Communion at our church, but also at St Lawrence. My cousin, Shannon's, little boy Ben received his First Communion today also. We had a joint party for both of them in the basement of our church. Thanks to our family and friends, we had tons of food and good company.(A special thank you to my sister, Jess and my friend Missy for getting all of the food ready while we were at mass! you are angels!!) It was a wonderful way to celebrate the day!
Gianna and Ben...they would not stand too close to each other!
Our nephew, Chase, also received his First Communion today.
Gianna trying, rather successfully I might add, to look holy.
My beautiful baby girl, Gianna Marie
You can dress her up, but you can't keep her off of the trampoline!
This is Gia at her finest.
I love the dirty bare feet.
Well, that was my girls' day. It was beautiful and special and memorable.
Thank you God for the gift that is Gianna.
She is a blessing to us all.