Hello everyone! I wanted to share with my closest friends and followers the exciting news that Fulton has been confirmed! He chose the name Patrick and I couldn't be happier. (He's pretty excited too!) We had a wonderful time with both sets of grandparents in town for the event and a small reception afterwards in our church hall. Addie unfortunately couldn't be with us, but she sent along her best wishes to her brother. Edie and Byron had also each been chosen as a sponsor by other confirmandi. At Fulton's first Holy Communion, I did a full on ugly cry. I was hoping I could keep it together better for this sacrament, and while I did get a bit choked up, I did not need to break out the pack of tissues I packed. Phew!
Four years ago on Cinco de Mayo, Teddy made his First Holy Communion. Yesterday, Fulton became an adult in the eyes of the Church, and I couldn't help but get misty eyed. It's the same thing every time my sons achieve another sacrament, or milestone. When both were diagnosed, there were no treatments or cures and all I was given were dire predictions. Every parent celebrates milestones, but its hard to explain how, for me, watching Fulton and Teddy do these things always feels a bit like winning the lottery. It's more than just another snapshot that will pop up in my Facebook memories. For all the pain and loss I dreaded and feared, I now experience absolute joy and thankfulness; each milestone made more special because the terrible reality of SMA did not rob us of this moment. I can't help but think of how things could've been, the ways things have been for many families I know, and praise God not just for celebrations, but for my sons' lives, their very existence, their continued good health, and the blessings they bring by being a part of our family, our parish, and our community. These events are always so much more for me than what they seem.
Please join in celebrating Fulton's big day with a prayer for him if you don't mind! Thank you!