Liann preparing before the service
Laura and her daddy (my FIL)
Liann and her mom, Nadine, worked so hard on all of the party details. Liann is a huge horse lover, so the theme was horses.
All of the men received a Yarmulke with little silver horses on them
The centerpieces were buckets with stuffed horses and fake carrots and apples with some fresh daisies (each table was also named after a different horse)I have never been to a Bat or Bar Mitzvah. I grew up in a home that celebrated Christmas and Easter, but never discussed the significance behind the celebrations. We never really discussed religion and looking back, I don't recall having any friends who practiced a specific religion (except for a friend who was Mormon and all I remember is that she couldn't drink soda and she couldn't play with me on Sundays). As a recently baptized Christian, I am still somewhat uneducated on other religions. Wow, was I blown away on Saturday as I watched Liann read the Torah in Hebrew. I had absolutely no idea what a commitment Judaism was. I'd always heard about the big party that goes along with a Bat or Bar Mitzvah, and admittedly thought it was a bit odd. After witnessing my first Bat Mitzvah, I believe that the party is now totally well deserved. If in order to pass through this stage of Judaism, a child who is 12 or 13 must be nearly bilingual in Hebrew, a party is surely necessary. I've always admired Liann for her kindness and her passion for horses, but I certainly have a new admiration for Liann that includes wisdom and perseverance. Thank you, Liann for opening my eyes to something new.
BTW, I was able to wear a dress that I definitely didn't fit into a couple months ago - thank you Weight Watchers! Nevermind the fact that I wore a seersucker dress in November, I was so freakin' thrilled that it fit me. I also wore my wedding jewelry again - I was so excited!