No? Just me then?
I have to admit, I only just thought of the Pentecost Tower and the Dove stuff, maybe for next year . . . ? But we DO celebrate Pentecost now, usually with a bonfire cookout either at the beach or in our backyard. And s'mores. And red dresses. And we pray Come Holy Spirit and handle venomous snakes. (One of those isn't true.)
That IS how I found out about Pentecost though. I mean, I had heard of it and everything, but until I saw this page in Jack's catechism, I never really thought much of it.
Not that ranking feasts is in any way an important exercise, I just found it surprising, considering the amount of celebrating that goes on for the various feasts. But WE celebrate all of them. As we have expected more from ourselves and our children in the way of duty to God, we also try to equally focus on the ways that our faith rewards us with joy -- even in this life.
I want my kids to remember Pentecost because it's the day that God as the Holy Spirit descended upon Mary and the Apostles, turning them (the apostles anyway) from bewildered men cowering in an upper room, into bold leaders and teachers and martyrs who spread the faith to the ends of the known world.
But I know they'll remember it if it's the day we always make a bonfire and roast marshmallows in our own backyard. And the rest of it will be there in their consciousness too.
And since it's Sunday, thanks to the ladies at Fine Linen and Purple, you get to see What I Wore Sunday. Which was . . . my first maternity dress of this go 'round, picked up off the clearance rack at Target because I thought it looked a bit like tongues of fire. Perfect for Pentecost!
(they should be doves, I know . . . )
Belt: Old Navy
Bump: 12 weeks
* and since I was really curious about what a traditional Pentecost Tower might look like, and I figured you might be too, I created this high-quality prototype:
It's made of water, wind, fire, and a dove. You really need to balance that middle part just right.