They’ve known each other since they were babies…our families are tied together by faith and love.

Mommy and baby Rylee Elizabeth
Daddy and Rylee's best friend...Maria Perpetua

Both shy and retiring, often fading into the background, overshadowed by older and bolder siblings.

Two very young friends...

But…

Together, as usual...

Together they knew no bounds!  We often marveled at the incredible amount of mischief these two would get into…but only when together.  We cleaned up yards and yards of toilet paper, wound round and round the house and staircase.  Scrubbed toothpaste off walls and toilets.  Vacuumed up coffee grounds and tea leaves joyfully strewn about the kitchen…yes…they were quite the pair!  A diapered duo of destruction…

Partners in crime...our little mud monsters!

They learned to walk together.  To talk together, often conversing in a gibberish that only the two of them understood.  They played together…and argued occasionally, as little friends do.  But their love for one another always trumped any petty disagreements and both grew into positively charming and obedient little girls.

A gaggle of girl friends...
Trio...Maria, Constance and Rylee

And so it only seemed natural that these two, so closely bound for so many years, would approach the altar of the Lord together.  The distance of a few hundred miles posed a few difficulties, but with God, all things are possible!  And so we scheduled Rylee and Maria’s First Holy Communion for July 3rd, a holiday weekend that allowed for travel time and celebration.

Our girls were nervous.  Both armed with an age appropriate understanding of this solemn occasion, they were so glad to have one another to lean upon…

They say a picture is worth a thousand words…these beautiful images tell a lovely story:

Anxious...soon, Maria...soon!
Rylee looks serene...
...her tightly clasped hands tell another story!
The Mass begins...
It's time...the acolytes light their candles
They're so excited...
Escorted by the young men who've know them the longest...
Rylee and Maria...flanked by three Wasson brothers...
Approaching the Holy of Holies...
Kneeling in adoration...and anticipation
Ego te absolvo...
Ecce Agnus Dei...
Rylee...
Maria...
Smiles of pure joy...
Praying for family and friends...
Prayers of thanksgiving...
Mother Mary, pray for these children!
The obligatory altar boy shot: Michael, Joseph, Zachary, Maximilian, Maria and Rylee
Ready for the traditional scapular investiture...
Receive this blessed Scapular...
...and beseech the Blessed Virgin that through Her merits...
...you may wear it without stain.
May it defend you against all adversity and accompany you to eternal life. Amen.
Happy Godparents and a very happy best friend!

Such a beautiful day…

Such a great gift…

Such a merciful and generous God!

Blessings,

P.S.:  BBQ celebration post to follow…what an incredible day!