{p,h,f,r} Milestones and Additions

Linking up at Like Mother, Like Daughter because this was a week for pictures!



Edith Arlene’s First Holy Communion!

I didn’t forget all the hype I’d given this dress. I’ve got the pictures I promised, but not nearly as many as I anticipated. Thankfully, many other families were snapping shots during the ceremony and I’ve got a nice collection. Poor Edie the middle child. At least she was not deprived in the party department. From about 1 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. we had guests, the last to leave being my husband’s brother and family from VA whom we don’t see near enough. The weather was gorgeous and Edie was joyful the whole day. As a convert, I’m just so glad my children are being raised with all seven sacraments and are able to participate in the proper pomp and pageantry that accompanies them.


And then, just for comparison.


That’s my bridal veil too. I wish I could say I did the sewing, but Tony’s aunt, who is a very talented seamstress transformed my wedding dress using only Addie’s measurements and her imagination. How many women can say both their daughters wore her wedding dress??? I am very happy it was an idea they both jumped on board with and never once did either ask to shop for, or consider another dress. I wish I had a picture of me in my wedding dress easily accessible to show y’all for comparison, but that was in the film era and I haven’t had the chance to dig through my albums. Maybe I’ll update later today if I think of it.
I did wind up using Wite Out on a stubborn stain and no one would have noticed if I didn’t talk about it all day. Edie insisted she didn’t want a fancy hair-do which I fought for all of three seconds before realizing we didn’t have a ton of time to figure something out anyway. All I insisted on was pinning her hair back under the veil so I could see her face. She reluctantly agreed.


Because what’s one more living creature to raise? We got a dog!

Her name is the Baroness Ginger Von Snappes, or just Ginger for short. She’s a stray that showed up outside my husband’s office more than a week ago with no tags. Tony’s coworkers had her checked for a microchip, called area shelters, put up fliers with no luck. She is so well-behaved, already house broken and so friendly we think she must have had owners but, since they hadn’t turned up, she was set to go to the shelter when we decided to take her in. The kids know her owners might still turn up, but for now, we’re loving owning a dog again. She’s got the body of a terrier and the face of an English Bulldog. She snorts and makes all sorts of funny noises, but for now it’s endearing and not annoying.

Darwin giving Fulton love.

I always had dogs growing up and when I got my first apartment in 2000 one of the first things I did was get a dog. His name was Darwin and he stuck with me through marriage, four kids and four moves before we had to put him to sleep in 2010. He was so great with the kids, and such a loyal companion I was convinced we’d never find another dog like him.  I knew we did not have the time to train a puppy and with all the kids, a cat, a flock of chickens, wheelchairs speeding around; I didn’t know if the time would ever be right to adopt again. In fact Darwin was so mellow, my kids typically did not like other dogs because so many barked or jumped. I didn’t know if my kids would ever want a dog. But, the stars aligned and four years had made a big difference. For now, they are happy walking her and adore her company. Given Ginger’s disposition and with the burden of training gone, I’m able to focus on doing what I need to without worrying about her peeing in the house, chewing up shoes or attacking Fulton as he lies on the mat.


So now we’re buying dog stuff again and the first thing my husband picks out?

In theory, I would eat these, however, the Baroness was not impressed.


This past week I stepped away from the computer to deal with a very serious family emergency. While it is not something I will write about on the blog, I will clarify that the seven members in our family are fine. I also implore your prayers regarding this special intention. You can take it to St. Dympthna or St. Rita if you’re so inclined as they’re quite familiar with it. Thank you.

For more pictures that span the chasms between all that is {pretty, happy, funny, & real},  journey back to Like Mother, Like Daughter. 


  1. Edith is beautiful! My daughter and I watch Say Yes to the Dress on TLC and she has mentioned wearing my wedding dress. But I know without a doubt that by the time she’s ready she will choose something extremely different than my dress for her wedding. The dress she chose for her first communion actually did look a lot like my wedding dress though.

    Bacon and peanut butter? What’s not to love??

    I will pray for your intentions.

    1. We’re specializing in boys too! I was thinking I might have my wedding dress made into a baptismal gown for my someday grand kids.

  2. Congratulations to Edith on her First Communion! She and her dress are beautiful. I love the idea of using your wedding dress for Baptism or First Communion. My Jadyn received First Communion this past weekend also, his mother may have cried a little :).

    Good, calm dogs are so great for kids!! My best friend as a child was my terrier mix Squirt. I still miss that dog.

    Your family will be in our prayers. I’m so sorry that things are a little tough right now.

  3. Prayers! Adorable kids and new dog! I love the action short of her snorfing and wagging her tail at the same time. Skillz…

  4. My wedding veil became a dress-up toy for some reason (it was VERY inexpensive so I don’t really mind!)…

    And beggin’ strips! They smell SO good but I’ll tell you right now (from experience…) they do NOT taste as good as they smell! So disappointing. And then you remember that humans aren’t supposed to eat dog treats, and that we can make real bacon for ourselves…

    Prayers coming your way!

    1. I think you owe us all an explanation on the Beggin’ Strips. If you say it was a pregnancy craving, we might understand. Please say it was a pregnancy craving…

  5. I love your idea about the bridal veil! I’ve never heard of that before, but will have to remember it next year when our eldest prepares for her first holy communion!

  6. I’m a big fan of Saint Dymphna, so I’ll be sure to keep you in my prayers to her.

    Digging the first communion dresses. I had a tragically 90s first communion dress. Such a huge collar, man.

  7. Our oldest daughter just had her first communion on Divine Mercy Sunday. We had my wedding gown made into a dress for her and she wore my bridal veil also! It turned out so lovely and I’m hoping our younger daughter will fit it in a few years. 🙂

  8. Praying for your intention!
    Congrats to Edith! What a lovely lovely milestone.
    And a dog :sigh: I am just a terrible owner. Maybe because I’ve always rushed it. And never been a dog whisperer. Blaming it on not being a whisperer…

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