We got news early last month from Ty's teacher that he was the winner of the St. Peter Chanel award for his class this quarter. This is the most prestigious award at his school and celebrates "outstanding Christian behavior." Steve and I were so happy for him, but we had to keep it a secret until the day of the ceremony.
It just so happened that Archbishop Gregory was celebrating the school-wide mass that day, so Steve and I were easily able to explain why we were taking time off of work to join MJ and Ty at church.
The mass was beautiful - it was such a joy to watch the whole school participate in the songs and really listen to the different parts of mass. I need one of the Pre-K teachers to show me how they get all of those 4 and 5 year olds to sit still the whole time! :)
Right before they announced the awards, Steve leaned over to MJ to tell him that Ty was winning for his Pre-K class. I wish I had a picture of the genuine look of pride on his face for his little brother. It was truly special. MJ has won this award twice, so we told him what a good example he has been for Ty (and his other siblings)!
When they announced Ty's name, the look of surprise and joy on his face was priceless. He leaned over to me and whispered "yes!" then did a subtle fist pump before walking up front to get his award.
MJ read the certificate to Ty when we got back to our seats...
Mommy and Daddy