A Blog for My Mom). Well, that's a bit of a white lie--but I have met her and spoken with her, several times. In real life! And she's simply adorable. Like a true blogger stalker, I accosted her in the back of the church once after Mass, when I was down in VA a couple of years ago visiting my second-oldest son and his wife, and in the parking lot of that same church another time. So I don't really know Rosie. But my husband and I are seriously considering selling our large Colonial in NH and getting a smaller home down in VA, where we'll be close to 3 of our 5 sons. (Winters in VA, summers at our Oyster Haven retreat on Lake Champlain: how does that sound for a retirement game plan?) So there's a possibility that I'll run into her again. (Fingers crossed!)
I seem to run into a lot of Catholic bloggers whom I admire at churches, or in close proximity to churches. In 2013, I met Katrina Harrington (Cedars and Tiny Flowers) by the lake across the street from Notre Dame's Sacred Heart Basilica, right after Sunday Mass. (We were headed out to South Bend for a football weekend, and I actually screwed up the courage to contact her ahead of time and ask if we could meet!) That was back when her oldest son was just a toddler and she was expecting son #2.
My Sunday best that day was a black denim skirt that had long been (and still is) one of my wardrobe staples, paired with a short-sleeved cardigan with pearl buttons, in royal blue, one of my favorite colors to wear. (But the gal standing next to me in this picture is the one who really looks like royalty--isn't she gorgeous?)
I also had a photo op with Dwija (House Unseen, Life Unscripted) a couple of months ago. I was visiting my oldest son and his family, who are members of the same parish as the Borobias. After Mass, there was a big going-away party for the parish's beloved young pastor, who had been reassigned; and since I'd promised my second-oldest son's wife Ginger that I would say hi to Dwija if I ran into her and tell her what a big fan of hers Ginger was, I did just that. After we talked, I left without getting a picture, because I was feeling a little embarrassed about being so star-struck; but my husband insisted that I get one, and he's the one who made this photo happen.
My Sunday best this time was a tea-length flowered sundress that I've had for eons and worn to death (purchased at Costco for about $15) and a black cotton one-button short-sleeved sweater that I found years ago on the clearance rack at Walmart. (I only shop at high-end clothing establishments, as you can see.) Dwija looked beautiful in her geometric-print dress--but then again, how could she look anything but beautiful, with that gorgeous face and radiant smile...and that incredibly adorable accessory she's carrying?
I wear the outfit I had on for my photo with Dwija on lots of Sundays in the summer. It's practically a Mass uniform for me. In early July, when I was down in VA helping out my daughter-in-law Preciosa (she'd fractured her arm, which was very inconvenient for a mom of two under two!), it was my Sunday Mass outfit. Those three big, good-looking accessories behind me made it look much better than usual.
Seriously, this outfit is so cool and comfortable, I usually don't even bother changing into something else after Mass. This oft-worn uniform served me well on a walk with my grandson G-Man and his dad, on a sweltering hot July day in VA. (As he was being pulled along in his wagon, the little guy insisted on holding my hand the whole time--which melted me even more than the Southern sun!)
So these are not outfits that I wore this Sunday for Mass...but they are part of what I consider my Sunday best, so I thought I could get away with posting them here today.
Now if I could just get a picture with Rosie...
While I try to figure out how to make that happen, why don't you head on over to A Blog for My Mom--to get a look at what will undoubtedly be much better fashions than you've seen here!