Kate is making her First Communion with four of her good friends. So the moms hired a photographer and on Sunday we dressed them up, took them to a pretty farm and took pictures.
Officially, to mark the importance of the occasion.
But in the far-reaching, planner’s part of my heart, it’s so we have these pictures to show at rehearsal dinners when they are all bridesmaids in each other’s weddings. We do live in a small valley. You never know.
We hired the magnificent and magical Tonya Poitevint, who did our family pictures last Fall. She was amazing, like a mother hen with five snow white chicks following her around. She has such a way of coaxing beautiful smiles.
We shot at Orchard Home Bed and Breakfast , which has breath-taking grounds and the afternoon light was just…just.
In the middle of the shoot, it came to me what we were really doing.
We were guiding our girls to the next place. We were doing it together and they were doing it together and Tonya became part of our together. It was this amazing, prayerful feminine energy and it was powerful.
These five beautiful girls, with their arms around each other, laughing in God’s sunshine.
And the mothers, who have brought them this far in keeping with the promises we made when they were baptized, but really before that, when they were whispers of hope in our hearts.
As our mothers before us. And before them. And back and back and back.
All of this to say: You are a beloved child of God, and of mine. And it is your province as a woman to wear these things as symbols of who you are and celebrate what is holy and sacred.
This is what it means to be a woman and a mother in our church.
Love, friendship, faith.