RevGals Friday Five: Special Days

Sophia over at RevGals has an exciting weekend ahead, which has her thinking of the special rites of passage in our lives which we participate for ourselves or in which we support and bless others: baptism, confirmation, marriage, ordination, graduation, funerals, etc. Such important days, so exciting and joyous, but also sometimes anxiety provoking or deeply painful….So, this week, please share five memories of such sacred moments with God and her holy people from your life and the lives of those you love.

1. Here is one that I just wrote about: On my 51st birthday my family and I went to a sushi restaurant in the suburbs of Chicago. We had so much fun, laughing and eating. My gifts that night were all Japanese – a tea pot, a set of handleless cups, and tea. They are beautiful.

I barely had a chance to use them, here, after we moved. It was late winter, spring actually in the desert. So, for the most part they remained in their respective boxes in the cupboard.

I did use them last winter, almost every night. Sometimes while watching TV, sometimes while reading by the fire. Always with a sense of love, given by my family.

Now, tonight, it is cool enough to use them again. Along with Tension Tamer tea. Because unlike last winter, which had more than its fair share of tension, this winter will have probably have even more.

2. The day each of my children were born. I’ll spare you the details.

3. The day my twin god daughters were born. The mom had been on bedrest for two months, a high risk pregnancy. Some of you may remember the story of their birth, the snow storm I drove through to get to the hospital, the all nighter we pulled, keeping mom comfortable, the intensity of those final hours, and then the births. I was in the birthing room, helping all along the way. Yes. Awesome.

Me, resting in the hospital about 4am…

The babies a few months afterward

4. The baptism of my god daughters – at a small church in Chicago by the Presiding Bishop herself. A totally awesome morning.
Me, the PB, and Baby Z.

5. Back in Chicago when I used to go to dog park with my dogs: Roxie and Ruby. Loved that dog park. It was many acres, a good 45 minute walk around, woods, lake, grasses. A great place to walk, think, pray, and enjoy my dogs.


About Terri C Pilarski

I am an Episcopal priest serving a delightfully progressive, interesting, creative congregation. I have been married more than half my life to the same man. We have two grown children, plus two dogs and two cats, although the number of four legged household members changes from time to time. I love to garden, knit, read, and play on Facebook or with my blog. I have been a practitioner of daily meditation since I was nineteen. I practice yoga five days a week and walk every where I am able too.
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15 Responses to RevGals Friday Five: Special Days

  1. Great memories. Once again I have dog envy!

  2. Sally says:

    love those photos- such great memories.

  3. Diane says:

    love everything about this. the tea brought back memories of Japan to me.

  4. altar ego says:

    Wonderful memories, and how nice to reflect on those during a time when wonder feels out of reach. Great to baptize with the PB! And those wee twins. Sigh.

  5. babies… doggies… teapots… what's not to love? my own doggie is whimpering… begging to play i suspect!

  6. RevDrKate says:

    beautiful pictures… memories….hope all are doing well

  7. Jan says:

    It's nice to be part of your life. The pictures are lovely and brought back memories of your posts. Your 51st birthday will remind me to post about my 50th. I love the image of the tea pot and cups.

  8. You did good! And by the way I made the cranberry-glazed pork roast, it was delicious!

  9. revkjarla says:

    I really enjoyed reading this post…and thinking of you holding tea in your special cups…sounds like good self care. Ruby and Roxie…LOVE THEM..and the twins, too!!

  10. Barbara B. says:

    What a great post (I thought this was a difficult F5 but you did amazingly well) — and I love the pictures!

  11. A cup of tea can change one's outlook on the whole day. Best enjoyed in a lovely cup. Hope you have time to do so soon.

  12. Muthah+ says:

    Ohhh, the PB doing the baptism! Wow!

  13. Sue says:

    So beautiful. All holy moments indeed.

  14. Rev SS says:

    Thanks be to God for such sacred times … prayers for many more of the same in the near future!

  15. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for sharing such gems.

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