Today is Abby’s first nameday, the day we celebrate her patron saint. Her middle name is Rose, which is a traditional symbol for St. Therese of Lisieux, also known among Catholics as "the Little Flower.”
We are so blessed that Abby’s godparents live close by, so they were able to come over and celebrate. Her godfather showed up with the beautiful bouquet of red roses pictured above. Abby’s godmother and I also chose St. Therese as our patron, so it’s a very special day for us all.
We shared a homey dinner of chicken soup, bread, and salad—something that would have been a real feast for the little Carmelite nun. We rounded things off with something a Carmelite would never eat: eclairs! They were Therese’s favorite treat, and it was a real wrench for her to give them up when she entered the convent.
All the children had a wonderful time with these coloring pages from Waltzing Matilda. We also read the story of Therese’s life from this lovely little book, which is one of my favorite resources on the lives of the saints for children.
And of course, we prayed for St. Therese’s intercession in our little girl’s life. We hope and pray that Abby, like her patron, will find her own “little way” to sainthood.