Both of my daughters achieved this honor. Katie was in the first class to have it in our church for many years. I likened it to a Bat Mizpah. She, with six other young ladies, had their ceremony in September, not long after September 11. The country experienced a spiritual rawness. The worship that evening moved my heart. The mothers wrote letters to our girls that were read while their fathers escorted them down the aisle as pictures of them growing glowed on the screen. Fancy white gowns, their hair done by a professional hair dresser, manicured nails adorned the girls on the white runner. I missed my dad, yet realized if he hadn't died, I most likely would not have left my childhood church.
My younger daughter participated in this honor five years later with other girls having their special night. The weekend has been compared to a wedding. The girls work so hard toward this night of honor. The sponsors busied all weekend to make a special night for the girls.
|Gena and Miss Stephanie, Missionette coordinator|