Godfather Jason with Natalie
The baptism was right after the regular Mass time and so we went early to attend the Mass as well. Ashleigh once again showed her spirit during the Communion. She likes to participate in Communion and when she gets Communion at home they usually give her just a quarter of the wafer. In church they gave her the whole thing so my wife and I were holding our breath that she did not choke. Then came the wine. Now, my wife is very concerned about Ashleigh getting exposed to germs of any kind so the thought of drinking from the community cup, especially in winter, was out of the question. But, true to Ashleigh’s nature, she just reached up and grabbed the chalice and took a drink. I thought her Mom was first going to slug me for letting her do it and then faint.
We had a fun outing recently as we attended little Natalie’s baptism. There was a party after and Ashleigh had a very good time. Natalie slept through the beginning of the ceremony but woke up just in time for her blessing. She looked very pretty and was perfectly behaved. No surprise as she is always smiling.
The church we go to is quite old and not very wheelchair accessible. The aisles are very narrow and there was not anywhere to park a wheelchair without blocking the aisle. Because of that Ashleigh received home visits from the church.
Ashleigh and Celeste (Natalie’s Mom)
A friend from church said things are better now as they have recently made a space for a wheelchair by removing part of a pew. While we did fit Ashleigh’s chair into the space by turning sideways, it is still very tight and she could not see the baptism very well, if at all. We will probably stay with the home visits.