Today was confirmation day for two of my girls - Helena and Margaret.
The day was certainly a busy one! We began by saying goodbye to Helena's music teacher. He is moving Interstate, and we are very sorry to see him go. Helena began lessons with David some two years ago, and I cannot even begin to say how much he has helped, encouraged, and supported her during that time. Sadly, the departure of such a wonderful teacher means that we will now need to travel to Adelaide, a 3-hour drive, every two weeks for lessons. As music is her forte, we shall therefore be making the effort to do so.
Around lunch-time, Granny arrived, along with an uncle and several of their cousins. They were able to enjoy the afternoon together, watching YouTube funnies, talking, and of course, playing with the archery equipment. All too soon, though, it was time for them to head back to Adelaide, leaving Granny behind to stay with us for a few days.
And then it was time to get ready for the big event. Mass began at 7pm, and I'm proud to say, we actually made it to the church a full half-hour early, to help set up and make sure all was ready.
It was the most beautiful service. The Bishop, as always, was most entertaining, assuring the girls they would only get a decent slap on the face if they were misbehaving! All in all, there were five girls for confirmation, plus two younger children for first communion. It was wonderful to witness how excited all the girls were beforehand - smiling, chatting amongst themselves, and waiting anxiously for Mass to begin.
Everything went just as it should, and there was the most wonderful, peaceful, atmosphere in the church. I cannot put into words how proud I was of my girls - they looked beautiful, and walked proudly and confidently to the Bishop to be confirmed. After each family stood in turn to pray for their daughter(s), the congregation applauded the girls, welcoming them as full members of the Catholic community. And yes, I was very close to tears, but actually managed to control them (this time)!
Afterwards, it was off to a local venue, where the children cut their cake and we all enjoyed supper together.