Ahh Monday

29 Jun

Well, another Monday is here.  But it also means another 4 day week!  And I even have a 4 day weekend coming up!  My sister-in-law and her husband are coming out to visit.  Then next week is an even SHORTER week (3.5 days) since we will be taking off early on Friday to go visit my sister and brother-in-law to show of Baby Soup to them.

Oh yeah, and hosting a 4th of July party and finishing putting things away at our house.

*Whew*  Makes me tired just thinking about it.

This past weekend I left Friday to head out East to Pendleton to a Masonic weekend.  Oh, you didn’t know I was a Mason?  Okay, I’m not.  But I’m about as close as a female can get.

Growing up, I was a member of the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls.  To the uninformed, it’s a girls service organization that helps teach memory work, service and friendship.  My mom and my grandma were (and are) active and so I started when I was 4 and served as a flower girl for a ceremony.  Then joined when I was 12 and quickly became deeply involved.  Throughout my years growing up, so many of my memories involve Rainbow, Masons, Shriners and Masonic Temples.  I served as a State Officer 3 years and led my local Assembly twice.  More than that, I learned how to raise money for charities, that the pop tabs hold more aluminum than the pop cans themselves, how to write and give a speech to an audience of several hundred people, how to walk/sit/stand/escort in a hoop skirt (yes, just like in Gone with the Wind) and how to be sure of myself.

I learned how to present myself as an adult.  I learned how to at least fake being assured of myself.

It is something I hope to be able to pass on to my daughter as well.

The first step to that was presenting her to the State Assembly and dedicating her.  If she doesn’t want to continue with Rainbow, that is fine.  But we are going to give her the option.  Even if all she does is join and not like it, that is fine too.

But with the memories I had and the lessons I learned?  I’ll be damned if I don’t let her have the same opportunities!

I’ll have pictures up later….being gone all weekend does not do well for getting photos done.  But Baby Soup found her feet (because she was in disposables this weekend) and sucked on her toes that she was finally able to reach.  She had her first horsie ride and was loved and adored as always.

Edit: And photos!

Being introduced

Being introduced.

Why yes, we are all wearing matching material.

Why yes, we are all wearing matching material.

Receiving a certificate....26 years after my mother received one when I was dedicated.

Receiving a certificate....26 years after my mother received one when I was dedicated.

I apologize for the HORRIBLE photos….but there we go!


5 Responses to “Ahh Monday”

  1. mommywantsvodka June 30, 2009 at 10:05 am #

    That is seriously the coolest thing ever.

    • mrssoup June 30, 2009 at 10:35 am #


      I love having it be a part of our lives…..

  2. Jen June 30, 2009 at 7:19 pm #

    I’ve never heard of this Order of the Rainbow for Girls, but it sounds like a really great experience.

    I’ve always been intrigued by the Masons since reading The DaVinci Code.

    • mrssoup July 1, 2009 at 9:16 am #

      It really has been. Yes, as with anything, there is always politics and drama, but that’s normal. And the Masons are some of the most giving and wonderful men I have ever met. They are always willing to help out local people, even if they don’t know them.

      I took a Masonic History class in college and it was really interesting to study it from the outside and know some insight.


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