We had quite the busy weekend. Friday evening my son and his girlfriend came over for their birthday celebration. His girlfriend’s birthday is the day before his and he wanted to have a joint celebration.
He really liked his quilt and we shared stories that went along with the patches of fabric.
On Saturday we had our daughter’s Princess ceremony. It really was beautiful. My sons took the pictures and videoed it. There was a little glitch in the videoing part. My middle son thought the camera was on but it wasn’t so he missed the first half of the ceremony, but he got the last half. We sent out invitations, had programs, and I wrote out the whole ceremony. We don’t have much family living near us, but my folks and my oldest and his girlfriend all came. We found a ‘princess’ dress at the Goodwill months ago and we had bought her crown at the Renaissance Festival in the fall. We also decorated the room to make it special.
We made the arch from PVC pipe we had and covered it with streamers. The two tables are from my bedroom and held the pillow I made to hold her Princess Kiss necklace and the other held the “kiss” candles. We had three chairs decorated with streamers also. She sat in the middle under the arch with her father and I on each side. While we were waiting to begin we passed around her completed Princess Notebook and a special certificate for everyone to sign.
We used battery operated tea light candles we found at Hobby Lobby, purple heart shape candle holders we got at the dollar store and a tall candle stick I had. We placed the glass globe from my anniversary clock that my son gave me over the tall set up to represent her ‘kiss’ and the two other candles represented her father and I helping to guide and light her path in purity. When she came down at the beginning of the ceremony she was carrying the silk rose and placed it in front of the candles symbolizing how precious her kiss was.
After welcoming everyone and an opening prayer, I read the Princess and the Kiss story while she quoted Scriptures she had learned through her studies. I had these typed out on slips of paper so she wouldn’t be nervous that she would forget them all. After she read each Scripture at the appropriate time she placed them on the table around the necklace/pillow to represent how her purity is surrounded by God’s Word.
After reading the story, she told everyone what she had learned during her studies and explained the meaning of the candles.
Then it was everyone’s turn to express what they thought was special about her and why she is a treasure to them. It was very emotional for my daughter. She understood how important it was making this formal commitment to purity. We paused for a few moments after everyone said what they wanted to let her compose herself. I knew she was tenderhearted but now I know how much like me she really is. There were quite a few tears all around.
Then I read the meaning of the symbols on the necklace from the Life Lessons from the Princess and the Kiss book.
Next my husband gave her the Princess blessing from the book and presented her with the necklace.
We ended in prayer and lots of hugs and kisses. She then served refreshments to everyone. It was a wonderful afternoon.
If you are interested, here are some of the printables I made for the ceremony.
The notebook pages that she used while working through the Life Lessons from the Princess and the Kiss can be found in the post linked below.
Life Lessons from the Princess and the Kiss notebook pages