Longtime readers of this blog know that I have been taking classes to become a full fledged Catholic for nearly 2 years now.
I wrote a few posts about my religious upbringing and how I fell completely away from all organized religion. (that can be found here in order #1, #2, #3, #4, and #5. I intended to keep going and explain why joining the catholic church was the right thing for me, but every time I attempted that post I came across as preachy, judgmental, or self righteous. I simply could not convey my thoughts into words. A sad thing for someone who considers themselves a writer.
That is not to say I have ever wavered on my decision. in both my heart and my head I am steadfast that the path I have chosen is the correct one for me. the process of accepting and converting is a personal one and i suspect no two faith journeys are the same.
Saturday night I will be baptized and take first communion.
For years now I have been active in both St Mary's Church and school. My wife teaches there. My boys attend and i love volunteering to help in all maters with the kids. I've coached a variety of sports, led a literacy club, and taught storytelling as well volunteering at many other activities. I know nearly every kid in the school and they know me.
And yet I never expected to be overwhelmed with the gift the 2nd grade class gave me in honor of my upcoming baptism. the kids made me a book and despite this post already being long. I'm going to share the pages of that book as well as my comments. I'm not sure what a cockle even is, but this unexpected gift sure gave me the warm fuzzies.
In most of the pictures including this one my goatee makes an appearance.
My goat is REALLY big in this one.
Note the halo people.
This girl has better handwriting than I do.
No goatee but I'm proud she said I'm good at "writeing stories."
The uber beard and sideways cap is a look I might go for soon.
Perhaps the most accurate depiction of me. And yes it will feel good to get all those sins forgiven.
I've always wanted to smell like oil.
This one is tough to read because he wrote lightly, but to paraphrase I am a great person and a funny guy.
Love the spelling and message of this one but come on dude my goat looks better than that.
No, that is not Fidel Castro with a halo. That is me thank you very much.
I'm not sure but I think I was hogtied to the baptismal font in this one.
I hope that is a candle in my hand and not a machete. A tall bearded guy like me would never cut anyone.
Only in the eyes of a 2 graders would I be considered a great football coach for winning 2 games in two seasons.
This book is a gift which i will always cherish. Thank you Mrs Jager and the St Mary's 2nd grade class.
Y'all truly brightened this convert's heart.