Week 16 and 17 in Pictures:
This week Miriam made her First Communion on her 8th birthday! In preparation for her First Communion, she had a retreat through the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. The day before the children receive their First Communion, they receive their First Confession. In Miriam's case it wasn't her first but it was still a wonderful way to prepare her heart to receive Our Lord for the first time!
Miriam had Thursday evening and all day Friday to do many special activities in preparation for her confession on Saturday and Communion on Tuesday, her birthday.
Miriam received a new bike for her 8th Birthday :-)
The boys and I were blessed to join them for lunch (Miriam was on her retreat)...
and Miriam spent time with the sisters Friday evening.
Around the house we have been working on many projects! We planted 4 apple trees.
We also were able to get a free play set. Phil and William brought it to our house in 2 trips with the trailer. It still needs some work but the kids are already enjoying it!
Phil built a new sandbox and was able to find some free sand to fill it!
The kids love their sand hill.
The basement play space is coming together and we are almost completely unpacked. There are a few boxes to unpack in the garage, basement and a couple closets but our home is now almost box-free and it's great to be able to find things again!
The kids got to ride in this cool car - do you see Miriam in the back seat?
A neat fact about St. Albans (which is about 20 minutes from Fairfax) is that it is named for the first English martyr.
Highlights from the last two weeks: