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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

B'Nai Mitzvah - May 8, 2016

Where to start on what a week it was...it was finally here after having a date for 3 years. Six to eight months of planning and practicing...it was here. As I type this, two days after, we are still on a high from all the emotions and holding onto the memories, which we will have for a lifetime. 

On April 22, 2016, Becca and Ian turned 13. A milestone for us as well as in the Jewish religion. 
Morning of April 22, 2016


Caddie even needed to get in on the festivities of the day.

According to Jewish law, when Jewish boys become 13 years old, they become accountable for their actions and become a bar mitzvah. A girl becomes a bat mitzvah at the age of 12 according to Orthodox and Conservative Jews, and at the age of 13 according to Reform Jews. Prior to reaching bar/bat mitzvah age, the child's parents hold the responsibility for educating their children, but not directly for their actions. After this age, the boys and girls bear their own responsibility for Jewish ritual law, tradition, and ethics, and are able to participate in all areas of Jewish community life. In addition to being considered accountable for their actions from a religious perspective, b'nai mitzvah may be counted towards a minyan (prayer quorum) and may lead prayer and other religious services in the family and the community. ( https://en.wikipedia.org/). 

We didn't do much on their actually birthday knowing that we had the big day coming up...in addition to their birthday, April 22nd was the beginning of Passover. The big week started off on Wednesday, May 4th for Becca and I...the manicures and pedicures were a must. We had a great time spending time together...Becca decided that she wanted her nails orange...and who was I to stop her...after all it was her day. 

Thursday, May 5th was time for pictures with the grandparents. As you may remember, a few months back we did some formal pictures just the 4 of us to have...just in case things changed before the big day. 





Since we had these photos we did not do many with us or individuals of the kids taken then. We left this day to the grandparents. The morning started off with Ian being in some pain so we gave him pain medicine along with his anxiety medicine (we always give him this when leaving the house), however, the combination of the two he has never gotten. We knew he could handle them alone but did not think about what the two would do together...well we learned a lesson...they knock him out. Ian slept through the photos with his sister and grandparents. We tried to wake him up many different ways and many different times but waking up he was not doing. What was important is that he was there for the photos regardless of being asleep. After photos, it was lunch time...all the grandparents came back to the house for some lunch, a little bit of bonding before everyone went home to rest up for the rest of the week/weekend. 

Friday, May 6th, started off as a very relaxing day. Brian and I took Becca out for breakfast before running some errands to get ready for Shabbat dinner. Afterwards, some naps were had before getting ready for dinner. It was a wonderful night with the grandparents, aunt and some cousins. 

Saturday, May 7th, during the day, was a normal Saturday for us. Becca went horseback riding. Ian got his bath (he usually has them on Sunday but this week switched it). Brian and I took care of the kids and tried to relax. Saturday, late afternoon, we had our friends who came in from a far, over to get in some quality time. After all, we knew we weren't going to get in any time on Sunday. Dinner, drinks and laughs were had. It was wonderful to be able to catch up with friends we have not seen in years.

Sunday, May 8th...the day was finally here. It started off early in our home...with hair and makeup at 7:30. The nurse, one of our favorites, arrived at 8:00. We wanted to be at shul by 9:15, to check on the reception set up and check in with the Rabbi before the service started at 10:00. We were pretty much on time with arriving at shul around 9:20 and before we knew it, guests started to arrive. The service was wonderful. Brian, Danny (Ian's counselor and friend) and both kids did a great job. Ian did a great job paying attention to what was going on as well as making everyone laugh when the Rabbi was speaking to him. At just the right times, he stuck out his tongue as well as his irresistible smile. Becca did an incredible job. She had a rough time right before it was her turn to read from the Torah. She became scared and her anxiety got the best of her, she pulled herself together like a champ, took her deep breaths, and read her Torah portion, without skipping a beat. Just look at that smile below.
 Both kids read their D'vah Torah's (I read for Ian) with such grace. Brian and I could not have been prouder of our children. 

After the service was over, the adults went into the Garden Lounge for a short cocktail hour while the kids went into the Krieger Auditorium to get started with the DJ and party. It took a little while for me to get out into the Garden Lounge...lots of people came up to wish us a Mazel Tov. The emotions which were going through me were beyond words. Just having both of my children here to become B'Nai Mitzvah...was a dream come true. As the day got closer, my goal...to keep everyone healthy and here. There were many special moments during the reception...the introduction (when Chai Lifeline did their tunnel for us to come through), the hora (seeing both kids lifted in the chair, yes you are reading that right...Ian was lifted up in his wheelchair), 


the candle lighting ceremony, Spider-Man, the father-daugher/mother-son dance, spending time with friends in the photo booth, and Brian's speech thanking everyone for all of their support over the years...just to name a few. 


As I sit here and finish this blog entry, I am still overjoyed with emotions looking at the photos friends have sent me along with just thinking of the day. I am not sure what I wanted from the day, but it was everything I could have wanted plus. Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate with us...to share in our wonderful simcha...you are all a part of our village and support system and we love you all.


1 comment:

Marci Scher said...

Michelle Bar-av Beautiful! So heartfelt

Carye George Everett Beautiful post! I am so glad everyone was healthy enough to enjoy the day. We all thought of you guys all day. The pictures are priceless.

Donna Lithgow Stollings Sounds like an amazing celebration. πŸ’œ

Cheryl Opsahl Absolutely beautiful Marci!!

Laurie Fox Schimmel So glad you had such a memorable day!

Jennifer Roskin Drake So thrilled for you and the family. I'm just so happy this day came for you all. Mazes Tov!!

Vivian Chait Great that you and the family had these precious memories!

Jay Weiner <3 <3 <3

Sheri Pazornik Goldscher Mazel tov, again. Thank you for sharing your beautiful simcha and doing it so eloquently-- as usual!!!

Adina Levitan Serious tearing up going on here. Beautiful. Love you all so so much and so happy we could share in this beautiful simcha!
Marci Weinberg Scher Xoxo

Debbi Heyman Stern Mazel Tov!! πŸ’—
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you

Sarah Burgin Fried So happy for you all! Looks like a beautiful day
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you

Nancy Polack Kaplan What a wonderful and memorable time you had. Mazel Tov!
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you.

Jill Eisenberg Mazel Tov! Such a wonderful day!
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you.

Lauren Weiss Klein Mazel tov...so thrilled you had such a special weekend!
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you
Sally Weintraub Grobani It was an amazing day! I couldn't have been prouder of Becca and Ian!
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you!

Tamara Jayne Flax Mazel Tov! So happy for all of you!!
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you

Marlene Ettlin Everything looked beautiful. Mazel Tov to your whole family. πŸ’ž
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you

Alicia Katznelson Broth Thank you so much for letting us all share in your wonderful simcha, Marci.
Marci Weinberg Scher My pleasure

Sharon Sindler Harris Mazel Tov
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you

Traci Kodeck Wonderful and beautiful celebration of life.
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you.

Jennifer Bolcato So happy for your family.
Marci Weinberg Scher Thank you

Bryna Spector Bernstein You know we were there in spirit.

Jill Pelovitz Congratulations! These truly are beautiful memories that your family created this past weekend. Thank you for sharing them with all of us. The pictures are amazing and will help you preserve these memories forever.

Mindy Donchin Wassel Mazel Tov, so thrilled for your whole family especially Becca and IanπŸ’—