Friday, April 22, 2016


We are so proud of our girls for choosing to be Confirmed into the Catholic Church.  It's been a long process of monthly classes and volunteer hours and preparing to receive the Holy Spirit.  

It was a beautiful night and a lovely service.  I have to admit.... I got a little teary.  It's so moving to see your children make their own choice to embrace the faith they were baptized into.  We've spent the last 17 years trying to be good examples for these people.  Trying to instill strong values and a love of God into their hearts.  But there's only so much you can do.  If they decide not to take all that and make it their own, that's a valid option.  And that would be okay, too, but it sure makes my heart happy that they are choosing the path they're on.

There was no shortage of Priests at the service.  Five to be exact.  Plus a Deacon.  And, don't forget  Bishop Peter from Boise.  He's the one who does the Confirming, so he was also invited.

Ellea was less than thrilled to be on crutches, but what are you gonna do?  One fractured femur and a Confirmation, please.  Thank you.  

There was some nerves about remembering what to say to the Bishop.  He's a big deal.  Thankfully, they remembered their lines.

Fifty-four youth from around the area were confirmed.  Thirty-four of them were from our parish.  We may live in a small town, but it's a very Catholic area (thanks to all those good German immigrants!) which is a nice place to raise kids.  (Ellea is fifth from right in front.  Nicole is fourth head from the right on top.)

 Aunt Donna made the trip up from Lewiston to support the girls which was lovely.

And they picked wonderful sponsors to support them now and into the future in their faith journey.

I see strong bonds developing between these ladies.  I love these sweet Kaufman wives.

This choice was another beautiful step towards adulthood and independence and my heart is full of pride.  But gosh darnnit, I'm not even remotely ready for any of that.   So I think I'll only let them out of the house for church and school.  And maybe youth group.  But that's it.  I've got to draw the line somewhere.

I love you girls!  May you enjoy unwrapping the gifts of the Holy Spirit and continue to grow and explore your faith.  I look forward to watching you make that journey.  You are both already so mature and wise and faith filled.  It makes me so proud.  God bless you always and keep you safe in the palm of his hand.

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