This beautiful young lady is my niece Jenny, who left the East Coast for the sunny climes of first California, then Arizona when she was just a kid. Gotta follow Mom and Pop! She's the same age as my daughter Em, and wasn't I sad for Em's sake that all the girl cousins moved so far away when they were all little?
Anyway. Jenny is cool, as are all the Arizona cousins. I found this on her Facebook page and it made me so bubbly happy that I just had to post it. Jenny does full-time ministry with Campus Crusade for Christ, and while I wish she'd come back to her Catholic roots eventually I am happy to see the Christ-fervor passed on to a new generation. Her granddad Nick D'Orazio, for whom her dad is named, was quite a devout man. That's often forgotten in family lore, but Marguerite and I were remembering it the other day. When he wasn't debilitated by mental illness, he was a quietly humorous, Bible-reading Catholic (in the 40's and 50's this was far more a rarity than it is now) with a reputation for goodness.
Jenny's sister Mary is getting married next month. The beat goes on!