It started back in the fall. I was penciling dates in on my calendar, when I discovered the happy coincidence that Firefly's ballet recital fell on the same date as Wildflower's third birthday. This might seem like an inconvenience to some of you, but as we have no family in town and everyone must travel from out-of-state, this was a two-birds-one-stone type of scenario. A few months later, it dawned on us to have little Edelweiss' baptism the following day, sealing the deal for a tripleheader weekend, dubbed the "April Hoo-rah"
The last few months have been a flurry of lists, shopping trips, menu plans, crafting projects, itinerary making, and email threads. Family from Oklahoma, Georgia, Idaho, Tennessee, and North Carolina, as well as many local friends would be joining us for the celebration, and everyone was tickled to death to be together.
The events kicked off Friday evening with a Chinese feast courtesy of my dear Aunt. My cousin, who we lost last year, and for whom Edelweiss is named, loved Chinese cuisine, so this was a sweet nod to her memory. My Love stepped WAY out of his comfort zone and took Firefly to her dress rehearsal with lipstick and bobby pins in his pocket and detailed costume instructions in hand. Bless that man. (He grew up with three brothers, and even the dog was male. His world has been turned upside down.).
The next morning started slowly and sweetly, walking around with coffee in hand as we prepared the house for the day's festivities. Before long, we all rushed to lunch at a popular Greek restaurant before the big recital. Ya'll, it was just the sweetest thing, and our little Firefly, who usually runs from the camera, absolutely glowed up there.
With just a few hours until the party, we headed home and made ready for even more guests to arrive. Wildflower was actually born on my Nana's birthday, so we threw a spring soirée in honor of both the birthday girls. The house was decked out in festive florals, including the most amazing cookies made by my friend Alana at A Double Batch.
The weekend concluded with Edelweiss' official welcome into our church family. It's always an honor to stand in front of our people, recite the baptism vows, and receive prayer over our sweet children. The baptism gown was made from the wrap to my wedding dress, which brings extra significance to the theology of Covenant Children for us.
It was a great time, full of tons of food, much laughter, and lots of fantastic memories. (We even managed to get my grandparents to play Pie Face, ya'll. Can you imagine?!?)
I have no idea when we'll all be together like this again. With all of us so scattered across the country, it was a rare and beautiful treasure. Worthy of celebration in and of itself.