Exercise, Ordinations and Fashion Blogging

First up: we had the most glorious time today. Up the street was a giant brunch celebration for two little boys from our community who were ordained priests yesterday for the Diocese of Savannah! Hooray, huzzah, thank you Jesus for holy men! Of course, the boys aren’t really little but there you go. They are boys who grew up around here and answered God’s call and what a blessing. It’s such a beautiful thing.

Also, today was the Feast of Corpus Christi and Henry was very inspired by the march through church this morning with the Blessed Sacrament. It was one of those beautiful, unexpected moments where at the end of Mass Father announced what they were about to do. I was so glad I didn’t leave — I had been tempted because Isabel was a little worked up, not too bad but I was wanting to just go wait for everyone in the van. The next thing I knew Charlie and Ethan (our altar servers today) were leading the procession around the church.

altar servers

Henry was quite mesmerized by the whole thing. I was kneeling in the back with Isa and was able to watch him watching the procession.

Later that day, he asked me to take a picture of him:

henry corpus

and then asked if I’d send it to “Fr. John…or Father…you know, who was holding the golden thing.”

Our priests name is Fr. Jacek, so I am giving Henry a pass. Of course, one of our favorite priests is named Fr. John, so maybe he thinks they are all named Fr. John? Except Fr. Tim… anyway, it was a sweet little moment, just a flash, in the midst of people wrestling and sorting hot wheels cars and of course, seeing who could clear a room with their toots. So, God is with us, in the midst of all the crazy.

MOVING RIGHT ALONG: my sister Jojo, she who is moving HOME next weekend and I’m so excited I can’t hardly stand it, or as we say down here in the South: I cain’t hardleee staind it, she sent me this video.

“I wonder if mom might want to try this?” she asked.

My mom is getting her strength back after battling cancer the last year and a half and she is working on building her strength and stamina. Mom, this might just be the exercise regime for you:


I think Isabel has secretly been reading Grace’s blog. Maybe she’s trying to tell me I should take it up a notch around here? Or perhaps she is going to start her own blog, one with fashion posts like her (obviously) kindred spirit:

Exhibit A (shamelessly stolen from Grace’s blog):
Exhibit B:
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What do you think? Maybe it’s time I let Isabel take over this space? A little WIWS (What I Wore Sunday), and WIWTTP (What I Wore To The Pool)…she’s got the look, y’all. Might be just the thing we need…


  1. Best WIWS (WIWTTP!) pictures ever! What a little cutie pie. 🙂

  2. Omg. Exhibit B is deadpan. Camp Isabel! Come on home!!

  3. Oh she is so cute!!!! How can she be so big already? And thanks for sending me over to Grace’s blog. I hadn’t seen it before!

  4. She is a NATURAL!!

  5. Have your kids seen this video? We watch it every Corpus Christi- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bxQ9MVTkuQ

  6. I had never been to an ordination until my brother’s last year. This year we have planned our family vacation around attending one, a classmate of my brother’s.

    Love Isa’s suit!

  7. Mamie McKeown says

    That lady is going to hurt herself.

  8. I’m pretty sure the ‘I’ in WIWS should now stand for Isabel. I forsee a one piece and pink boot trend taking off this summer.

  9. Michelle says

    Ordinations: every Catholic should attend one at least once in their life. I have no doubt that one day one of those Balducci boys will join the ranks of the Priesthood of Jesus Christ – :0)

  10. My running buddies and I were just talking about the possibility of adding Prancercize into our routine. Only, we’d have to stop exercising so early in the morning because we’d want people to see us rocking out like that. Our neighborhood will never be the same.

  11. Kris Chatfield says

    Another friend sent me that Prancercize video. I about wet my pants laughing so hard! It’s the outfit, and the hair and the whole thing. Oh my! And Isabel as little Grace? Love that!