If you wonder where I have been...
We have been getting the farm ready for my daughter's
My daughter and her Abuela have been planning this for months.
Coming up with a guest list, menu, ceremony...working on
it as a "Grandma/Granddaughter" team..a special time to share just
Cat and her Abuela.
It was decided that it would not be a big formal affair but a simple,
meaningful event more like how it would be in my mother in law's village
in the South of Mexico.
We decided early on that the rich Oaxacan culture of my mother in law would be purposefully imparted to our children.
This was a learning curve for this midwestern girl who was raised on tuna noodle cassorole,white bread,
and in a sea of suburban homogeneity.
This meant I had to learn to speak Spanish, how to
make salsa, guacamole, tortillas, tamales...even pozolé
How can you teach it if you don't know it?
in the spirit of Ruth..."your people shall be my people"
and this journey of learning keeps growing.
The Quince was a success and I would love to share the day with you...
This is the Quinceañera chair
My dad walked her down the aisle, as David and I waited for her
There were 15 coral roses given out to our relatives, dear family friends and her best friends.
Each one would present her with a rose and give her a blessing and share some advice on her
transition from a girl to womanhood. This was such a blessing to me as a mom to be able to
listen to the precious, encouraging words of friends towards our daughter and it reminded me
that it does take a village and I am so thankful for the community that we have been given.
her aunt Marlene and her Abuelita
blessing, full of wisdom, I scarce could hold it in.
we prayed for her and her future
David put on her high heel shoes,
which symbolizes her transition from a girl to a woman.
then he presented Catherine
she gave a beautiful speech...
Our little girl is growing up.
The Mariachi's played
we ate and ate
It was a beautiful day where memories were made.
Memories our daughter will remember for her whole life.
She has crossed over the bridge from a girl to a lady.
We love you Catherine Grace and are so proud of the women you are becoming
and sharing in your bright future, as we send you out to be a blessing to the world!
Mom and Dad
Thank you to Karina from Capturing Delight Photography for taking all these lovely photos.