Monday, August 8, 2016

Our Princesses: Quince Años!

Quinceaneras is a pretty spectacular time in any girls life here in Latin America and for this reason, NPH strives to make it super-special for our girls.  Once a year, all the girls turning 15 are celebrated in a fiesta that includes all the children from baby house to universitarios.  Months of planning go into this and even the girls themselves spend weeks prepping with dress fittings and learning to perform a group dance along with their chosen partners.

The event started with Mass at 3pm.  The girls were escorted down the aisle to the front row and then participated in the readings and general prayer intentions during Mass.  

After the homily, Padre gave them a special blessing and they were escorted out for pictures and to receive congratulations from everyone.

Dinner was preceded by the choreographed dance the girls had been practicing.  They performed flawlessly.  It was lovely as they chose several songs and changed the style as the music tempo changed.

The kids attending were all so well behaved.  We all had assigned seats and dinner served to us.  The decorators went all out and I have never seen so many banners, flowers, and balloons in such brilliant array.  Our commodore (eating room) has never looked so good!

After dinner we all got in on the dancing action.  We congo-lined around the room, our kids in wheelchairs just as involved as our international visitors who had brought their best dress for the occasion.

The girls themselves were radiant.  Princesses in the most true fashion.  So blessed to be share this day with them!

“I am a princess. All girls are. Even if they live in tiny old attics. Even if they dress in rags, even if they aren’t pretty, or smart, or young. They’re still princesses.” 

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