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What I Wore (on Pope Benedict’s last) Sunday

February 24, 2013

We made it to St. Peter’s square in time to squeeze in with the crowd for a farewell to our beloved Papa B. I ran several people over (literally) with the stroller while trying to fight through the crush for a spot on the square, was probably cursed at in Italian, and we settled for being just slightly east of the piazza proper.

Proof, not of my outfit, which was nothing super special, but our presence at said historical moment:

Angry, work-weary, slightly stunned, squinty mad, and ginger-haired, in that order.
Peeking at Papa past this precious Italian gentleman and his dapper outfit.

Don’t be fooled by the sweetness. He bit two people in Mass this morning.

And this one…I can’t even talk about this one. But he did go 9 hours straight last night.

No filter, no edits, just a glorious parting of clouds and a pause in the rain for Papa’s last Angelus. A beautiful and surprising moment.

The words to his address were beautiful, and you can read the full text here, courtesy of my talented and hard-working husband.

Ciao, Papa, and grazie tu.

Flap it out.

P.S. I made two – 2! – friends after Mass today. We bonded over expensive diapers, a disappointing lack of dryers, and other laundry-related issues. Riveting stuff. I smell slumber parties and karaoke nights in our future…

18 Comments

  • Reply Katie February 24, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    What an amazing time to be in Rome! I cannot wait to see/hear of news during the conclave.

  • Reply -Kinsi- February 24, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    AAAH how crazy-cool is it that you’re there for that? Also, old men are amazingly precious. I cannot imagine what old ITALIAN men are like. My head would probably spin off. Lastly, I have a feeling that my hubby would really enjoy telling people, “Watch out- he bites.” Something to shoot for in our future offspring.

  • Reply Hallie @ Moxie Wife February 24, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    What a gift to be there right now! Thanks for blogging all the goodness so that the rest of us can live vicariously through you. 😉

    And you, of course, are as gorgeous as always.

  • Reply Kathryn February 24, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    How awesome you were there for the Sunday Angelus. That is a beautiful moment.

  • Reply Hillary February 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Yay yay yay Jenny! This is my favorite post of yours so far. Not only did you get to be in Rome for this beautiful moment in history, but you also made some friends and JP slept nine hours! Just goes to show God cares about the big stuff and the little stuff :)

  • Reply Hillary February 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Yay yay yay Jenny! This is my favorite post of yours so far. Not only did you get to be in Rome for this beautiful moment in history, but you also made some friends and JP slept nine hours! Just goes to show God cares about the big stuff and the little stuff :)

  • Reply Stephanie February 24, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    What a gift that you get to be there, Jenny! That’s something so special, for sure. In other news, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award on my blog! You can check it out here:

    http://captivetheheart.blogspot.com/2013/02/just-in-time-for-oscar-night.html

  • Reply Jeannine February 24, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    What a huge, huge blessing to be at the Pope’s last Sunday mass. I have chills. Thank you, thank you for sharing this with us.

    You look beautiful, special outfit or not.

  • Reply Lisa February 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    The title of your post is pretty much historical. Keep the Roma updates coming!

  • Reply Anonymous February 24, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    You made friends! And JP slept 9 hrs!! I’m so happy and relieved for you. Oh yeah, and seeing the Papa too. Aren’t old Italian men the best? I love it when they walk arm in arm together.

    Barbara

  • Reply Erica S. February 24, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    What a blessing to be able to be in Rome during the Pope’s final days. I love that Italian gentleman’s hat! Classic!

  • Reply Katrina Rose February 24, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    How absolutely amazing you get to be in Rome right now! You are a lucky duck :) Definitely living through you so please keep updating. And YAY for nine hours. We will be starting the scary endeavor of trying to get out babe to sleep through the night this week…

  • Reply Beth (A Mom's Life) February 24, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    I saw online that the Pope gave his last address this morning and I just knew you were there! How exciting that you got to be there.

  • Reply so many things to love... February 24, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    Loving the peak into your very glam life while we work our never ending way through winter in Canada.

  • Reply Lee February 25, 2013 at 11:17 am

    That is beyond cool. How wonderful that you were able to be there with your family. I just visited your blog for the first time today. I love the Bl. Fulton Sheen quote in your sidebar!

  • Reply Dwija {House Unseen} February 25, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    Oh my gosh. How amazing that you are THERE right now!!!

  • Reply Mary February 26, 2013 at 12:11 am

    WOW! WOW! WOW! How awesome that you’re there during this incredibly amazing time in our church history. Oh my the blessings of seeing it all first hand. So amazing!!

    Love your scarf choice so bright and beautiful, like you. I must say I have made more than one new acquaintance discussing homemaking issues, so get that blender ready sister. There’s a party in your future. LOL!

  • Reply Anonymous February 28, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Jenny, saw your child on KDVR TV (Fox?) with Pope Benedict XVI this morning and your name flashed across the screen. I excitedly told my husband that you were the gal who I contacted regarding possibly buying some furniture after you found out about your move to Italy. How wonderful that our Holy Father blessed your family like that! Peg

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