After the Brunch, all attention turned to the First Communion, or the “FC” as Zoe kept calling it.
Zoe has been waiting for this moment for years. Ever since Madeline had her First Communion two years ago, she has been counting down the years, then months, then days and hours.
Of course, Zoe’s First Communion had a twist to it. Being a kid with Celiac, a regular communion wafer just isn’t appropriate because it is made from wheat and water. Still, how can you tell a kid who is so excited to receive communion that she can only do the cup? It didn’t seem right.
Thankfully, there is a group of nuns, the Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in Clyde, Missouri, who saw this issue and decided to do something about it. They did the research and created a super-low-gluten alter bread. Once they perfected the recipe, they did the work needed to get the Vatican approval so it could be used at masses.
Talk about adoration…I adore those sisters for what they have given to Zoe and other Celiac kids/adults. It was a huge blessing to have that option available.
We then have been working with our church over the last few months to put a process into place for Zoe to get her special hosts. For her big day, the Country Boy and I gave her a pix so she can take her special bread on the road when she travels. The look on her little face when she saw the process in action and knew she could replicate it no matter where she goes was priceless. It was relief mixed with excitement. I was so happy for her.
We had people over to the farm afterwards and had a picture perfect day. The only minor exceptions of picture perfection being Zoe getting stung when she stepped on a bee and Riley eating half of the cake when the family left and I wasn’t watching. But I digress…
In all I think that Zoe would say that the FC was a BH (big hit). She is already talking about her SC (second communion). As for me, I am ready to take a BN (big nap) before I FOFE (fall over from exhaustion).