Here he is in this magic suit we bought for Uncle Able's wedding that somehow still fit fine once we let out the hem and added a new tie. He looked very sharp.
I don't really have a photo of him actually taking communion and, in fact, could barely see it as his extra tall teacher was mostly blocking the view. Luckily, professional photos are coming (yes, that is a thing?) It went like this though, they processed in in pairs, and the entire class sat together in the front pews. Some the kids did the readings, others helped with gifts, and everyone had a chance to answer questions during the Priest's sermon. I thought he did a really good job with them in contextualizing this moment and encouraging them onward. (Father Ray has been awesome throughout this process.) After communion and announcements, his class got up and sang/signed their song. It went better than I had anticipated. Then there was the mad rush for group pictures and I elected to defer to the pros I was paying for that photo in the crush of people and cameras.
After everyone left there were more games, some dinner and talking, Harry Potter time together and then off to bed for some more reading on the Kindle.
For me, I was surprised that I almost cried as he had his first communion. I have worked hard and spent a lot of really good time with him to get to this moment. I'm so grateful for the journey and the one on one hours we got to spend. Also, during that moment someone was singing "Remember me" and I thought how much my Dad would have been proud of that moment even as the rain poured down bringing him closer. Undoubtedly, my connection to my Dad in the church is a big piece of what keeps us there and he would have loved this moment.
My favorite part probably was when he walked up stairs to take a bath and said : "Well, this has been a really fun day" This is very high praise from B and I loved it. I wanted the day to be a fun celebration his style and I think it was. Hooray for big milestones, faith, and a happy boy.