We celebrated Whit’s first communion on the most beautiful day last weekend!
I shared his invitations, note cards, prayer cards and gift from us a couple of months ago when I first started putting plans together.
And, with the exception of greatly missing my parents, the day was perfect for our little Cookie. I can hardly believe how very grown up and mature he already is at just eight years old.
Our parish does a wonderful job at celebrating sacraments and everything inside was beautiful.
Be still my heart…
I really couldn’t have asked any more of this day. John was an altar boy at the celebratory mass. The church was completely full – every pew and the entire balcony – with first communicants and their families.
We had with us Sister’s family, Uncle C and Aunt M, and Whit’s grandma Juju.
My dear friend M took this photo for me of Whit at the cup. I was a Eucharistic Minister for the general congregation so I was able to witness his first communion from the very front of the church. It took all I had to not drop my plate. He is such a beautiful child, inside and out. And, in my line of sight the whole time was also big brother. <3
There was a huge line at the front of the church for pictures afterwards and the boys were itching to change clothes so we just took a sole family photo to commemorate the occasion in the corner :-)
I’ve shared pictures and stories of “Cookie” and “Nutty” since they met at age three. They are such good, true friends and her family means so very much to us.
You can see the disrobing began before we were barely out the door. Whit with Aunt M and Uncle C…
And Whit with the proud godparents…
After mass we headed back to the house for a lunch of Whit’s favorites. He requested and approved every item on the menu. And he is totally my child when it comes to food.
I conveniently used our linen napkins with just a “W” monogrammed on them, and pulled out the china and silver. We had chicken salad, salad, cheese straws, fruit, pimento cheese, pickled okra and cake on the menu! The chicken salad was from Chicken Salad Chick and the sweets and cheese straws from our favorite Atlanta bakery, McEntyre’s.
I made a few small arrangements earlier in the week and used them on the porch and inside. I kept the cross candles out after Easter and pulled my Mary down from my bathroom.
Our little party favors were cake squares and prayer cards.
Whit adored his St. Francis medal, chosen because of his middle name and his love of animals and has worn it every day since.
Sister gave him the same figurine she gave John. It is so sweet and I put it in the cabinet in his room.
Our family banner is now complete. It hung on the pew at the mass and I want to frame it to hang in the house now.
We record all of our sacraments in our family Bible. Whit asked to write his own. I will treasure having this to look back on – his sweet 2nd grade penmanship and misspelled first name :-)
The boys were in play clothes before I could blink twice but Sister was nice enough to snap a pic of Honey and I.
And our littlest baby…
It was such a beautiful day.
With most of the people we love most in the world…
I wore my Draper James dress and carried my monogrammed purse that Mother and Daddy-O gave me on my wedding day. I want to wear that dress to every occasion in the foreseeable future. I LOVE it!
I so wish that my parents could have made the trip, but Daddy-O was not yet well enough to travel. They were able to watch the whole mass online and ended up with one of the best seats in the house. They were greatly missed, however. <3
Whit’s first communion took my breath away. I felt as if I would overflow with love for that child and his tender heart. May God bless him every day of his life.
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