Wednesday, April 11, 2012

It's official: I'm Catholic now / The Bullios' visit

I love this family so much. They have very dear friends of ours for a long time. I was thrilled when Bridget agreed to be my sponsor for joining the Catholic church this Easter because that meant they had to come visit us! I was even more thrilled when she asked me to be baby Jack's godmother. What an honor!
The Bullios arrived on Thursday morning, and the kids were immediately playing together, just like old times. Here's our attempt at getting them all to cooperate for a picture on the couch:
We went to "Monkey Park" on Saturday and rode the train:
And the kids played in the creek there:
And we had a yummy late lunch at Amsterdam Cafe.
That night was "Easter vigil," the Saturday night service that begins after dusk and carries on late into the night. It's usually when people are confirmed and baptized into the Catholic church. Normally, our kids are in bed and asleep at 8 (okay, okay, 8:30). This service began at 8, so it was rough. Here's Benji asleep on Chad in the cry room, and Luke making a tired face:
There's me up front in the yellow dress being confirmed into the church. That makes it official: I am now a Catholic lady! (I'll be happy to answer any specific questions about that, such as "Well, why'd ya do that?")
The prayer after confirmation:
Poor Ethan and Kate fell asleep in the cry room by 8:30:
My fabulous yellow dress with my fabulous husband:
The Bullios and us: what a tired bunch we were! (at the time of this picture, it was about 11:45!)
Here's sweet baby Jack and me. What a honor to be his godmother!
Here's a (slightly) more successful attempt at the couch picture. This was late Sunday morning after we'd all recovered from the late night before.
Easter Sunday, we did egg hunting:
and more picture-taking:
and egg-dyeing:
And then, Sunday evening, we said goodbye to our friends and watched them drive away into the darkness. Then we went back into the quiet and darkness of our home, immediately feeling an emptiness. The next day, I worked on cleaning up the aftermath. This the boys' room:
But don't worry, Bridge, it only took an hour to clean up everything. :)


Jen said...

Hooray! I'm so happy for you! And, you know I'd love to hear all about your conversion.

Andrew and Melissa said...

Congratulations on being baptized! I agree with Jen, I would love to hear your conversion story. Seeing these pictures made me realize how much I miss your two families!

Carl and Amber said...

I'm with the other two! Congrats!