I got a little ahead of myself and forgot about this special Christmas Sunday. One of my favorite Knollwood traditions is Agape Sunday. The third Sunday of Advent we join together and celebrate with a two part lovefeast. The regular worship service concludes with a kneeling communion and after we leave the rail we go to the fellowship hall where we mingle, eat, and fellowship together. The traditional Agape foods include meatballs, sausage balls, fruit, veggies, cheese, many homemade sweets and KNOLLWOOD PUNCH (which I may or may not have subsisted entirely upon during my pregnancy; Thank you, Trina). It's a special Sunday, rich with tradition and ritual and yet unique to our own congregation. So, all that to say - we cheated. I've been very good about not bringing Clara out during cold and flu season, but I felt like this was important, so we went. She stayed in the balcony with us during the service and we washed her hands lots. She loved getting out and we loved being among our community again.
The credit for all these photos goes to Stephen Ball and I'm so thankful that he documents our church life so well. Grateful to have these moments on film.
Trying so hard to get a shot of Clara with her buddy Emma Gibson, both in adorable pigtails, but dangerously close to naptime.
This tree holds an ornament with the year on it for each child of the church. I still have many of mine from my own childhood and it was wonderfully special for Clara to choose hers to begin her own collection.
Thanks be to God.
I love that second picture of Clara!! What a facial expression!! ;)
And, the details on her pretty pink dress!! Did you make that? ;-D
Your first picture of Clara in front of the tree. I can feel her delight!! ;)
"This tree holds an ornament with the year on it for each child of the church. I still have many of mine from my own childhood and it was wonderfully special for Clara to choose hers to begin her own collection.". How neat!! ;-D