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Such a big girl…such a big weekend!

January 30, 2012

Our little girl has been counting the days until this weekend for many, many weeks now. It’s finally here and almost gone. In fact, at dinner tonight, she lamented that it was already Sunday evening. Ahhh…signs that she’s growing up. She’s beginning to understand how quickly time passes.

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Her weekend started Friday at 4:00 p.m. with her first ever lock-in. Such a big girl. She slept the night in a classroom at the church with 7 other peers and two adults. I was so thankful that both were great women of God, and one I can count among my dearest friends. I’m forever grateful for the sacrifice of these women. One of the reasons for Katie doing American Heritage Girls was for an experience that didn’t include momma’s voice in her head. She gets a lot of me during our school days and subsequent family life.

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AHG is just hers! Well, was just hers until I volunteered to be troop photographer AND lead the Senior Explorers in earning their photography badge. It started as merely an excuse to have some photos to put into Katie’s year-end scrapbook, and quite naturally became a year-long endeavor to guide the older girls in taking photos and learning how to create online a published scrapbook. (See www.TakeTimeToRemember.com.) The older girls have been assigned to photograph (along with myself) the events AND interview a handful of participants. In the month of February, they’ll begin putting together the actual scrapbook pages and documenting the stories of these events. I’m already so proud of them and can’t wait to see their hearts unfold in the pictures and published yearbook.

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Other than having a voice that wasn’t my own echoing in her ears, we also wanted a place where Katie could meet peers who were like-minded in their ideals and efforts to live the faith. We wanted a strong formative piece as well. Not only was American Heritage Girls a good fit, but the added bonus was that it’s hosted in a nearby Catholic parish. In fact, one of the co-leaders I have known and worked with on several projects since moving to Atlanta.

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She earned this weekend her “Daughter of the King” badge. What an honor to be there for the presentation and unfolding of this badge work. (Yes. I did my job well. I left the two hours with a little more than 300 photos of the troop.) It was a special honor to see some college girls come and present to the troop what it means to be a Daughter of the King and especially what that means in our fashion. Not only are they beautiful young women, but I knew them when they were Katie’s age as siblings of my KG students. It was an incredible look into the future and what I hope to see in our daughter at 19…leading younger girls to be holy, modest, and fashionable young women.

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The girls had to identify what was appropriate attire for a Daughter of the King and in doing so create their own runway fashions. The fashion show, complete with dancing flashlight spotlights, a red “carpet” runway, a college-aged fashion commentator, and lots of spectators made these girls glow in ways truly blessed by Divine grace. Katie wants me to be sure and point out (on this blog) that her outfit included ruffles on her cape.

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Although too young to officially participate, Clare is my sidekick in most things. In fact, she was invited to join me for this event knowing full well that there were a slew of momma’s anxious to have their chance to hold her. This AHG mom was a special dear to me. Clare thought so also as she fell asleep in her arms. That’s a rare occasion for this “I don’t want to miss anything” little girl.

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Thank you GA0413 for helping my husband and I form our daughter in grace, virtue, and a desire to journey in this life toward heaven.

Not only did Katie get to share the Lock-in experience with her best friend, Mercedes, but the weekend continued with even more pomp & circumstance.

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These girls, BFFAE (Best Friends Forever and Ever as deemed by them), were so excited to have entered the world of “big” kid status by getting their ears pierced!!! Both girls knew this day would arrive when they turned eight. Katie, however, opted to wait for her BFFAE to turn 8 so they could do it together. Mercedes turns 8 on Tuesday! The time had finally come. They are getting so big!!

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They were both apprehensive in their own ways, wondering what it was really going to be like. They talked about not crying and just closing their eyes until it was finished. As it was, Mercedes went first holding her mom’s hand. She finished with a smile on her face and it was Katie’s turn.

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Ironically, we never noticed that Katie’s ears are two different sizes, drastically different actually. Although, her earrings weren’t what she picked (there was a mix-up), she didn’t care in the least. Her ears were pierced. She’d done it with her BFFAE and they declared it really was no big deal. Actually, “it only felt like your ear had been stapled”…no big deal at all”, they remarked. (As parents, we wondered how they knew what it was like to be stapled.)

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Not only had these two girls dreamed of getting their ears pierced together, but it also entailed getting their American Girl doll’s ears pierced. So…off to the mall we went.

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Unfortunately, it did not include much pomp n circumstance. In fact, your doll goes to the back room, you check out, and when you come back, your doll is making friends with other dolls on the shelf. The girls were excited though and after 24 hours (yes, you really do have to wait before changing the DOLL’s earrings the first time), they have already changed their doll’s earrings.

AND…not to let the weekend end prematurely on Saturday afternoon, Sunday included it’s own festivities.

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Happy Birthday Mercedes!

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Back to Sweet and Sassy for her birthday party.

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A rock star hairdo (or in Katie’s case, a princess do), make-up and fingernail polish were party festivities.

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These girls celebrated their first birthday together and eight years later are still celebrating birthdays together. It’s a friendship that has grown so much, evolved and weathered a bit also. Here’s to the hopes and dreams of yet another year together. We’re proud of you! We celebrate this weekend with you and we love you!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. mom permalink
    January 30, 2012 5:27 am

    Wonderful memories and a great weekend for all! Fantastic pictures!!!

  2. Aunt Linny permalink
    January 31, 2012 7:39 pm

    What a beautiful weekend with all the wonderful stories and pictures! Makes me miss all of you but…so proud of your lives and how full they are. I love all of you…A.Linny xoxoxoxox

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