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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A Feast of Grace

Every last detail was finished. Flowers arranged, clothes ironed, little ones prepared, batteries in the camera. Everyone arrived for the 2:00 pm Mass. The kids walked beautifully in procession. Mom looked as radiant as any bride! Loved ones sang the hymns in beautiful harmony, read the Bible readings, and served on the altar. And the grace flowed...

Midway through Mass, Mom and Dad renewed their vows. Forty-four years faithful, not without battle scars, they stood victorious, asking for grace anew. When we sang Faith of Our Fathers, my heart was filled with gratitude for a family that was together, sharing this precious Faith and passing it down.

Finally, Brendan carefully approached the altar to receive his Lord for the first time  He was followed by his parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, a line of unbroken faithfulness. Grace flowed.  As a proud and grateful mother and daughter, I was moved to tears by the beauty of these blessed moments.

The reception afterwards was a joyous celebration with family and friends. While the food was delicious and the music nostalgic, the best moments were spent visiting, reminiscing and relaxing. We were all too tired to dance! 

Now if only I had better pictures to share! It seems I was... distracted. I've been promised better ones from other photographers that day, so there will be more to come. For now, here's just a peek from our day.

The vows ceremony:

My parents, me on the right behind the kids, Jeff holding Molly, plus all my siblings and my sister-in-law in blue:


Dessert table at the reception (notice cookies in back row!):
Close-up of cookies Brendan with his cake:

Molly, sacked out at the reception: 

My tom-girl: scraped legs, frilly dress and party shoes!

That's all for now!


  1. I'm so glad you had this wonderful time with your family. Our kids benefit so much by being there with us during these times instead of having a babysitter watch them.

  2. I love the party shoes picture....

  3. Thanks, Chris! Yes it was great having the kids be a part of it all. They did fine! Luckily Brendan was given a little Lego kit as a gift at the reception and it helped keep the crazies down for quite a while :) I will tuck that in my memory bank for future reference... LOL