Nothing like slapping several different events into one post, but it’s been awhile, so I’m off the hook.
Confirmation & First Eucharist
What can I say – my first child is now fully initiated into the Catholic faith. It’s hard to describe how thrilled I am that he can receive Jesus at Mass now; it’s crazy how far he’s come on his journey. And not only can he receive Eucharist now, but all the ministries are open to him (officially); he just needs to learn a few things on the ‘how’ and ‘why’ before he can glide into them. He’s already signed up for altar server training though :).
We are currently bishop-less here in Saskatoon, and our priest, Fr. Gerard, sought out Bishop Gerry, who is an Oblate of Mary Immaculate and is living in the Oblate retirement home here in Saskatoon.
True story: Bishop Gerry was the bishop of my home diocese, Prince George, for much of my time that I lived there. Neither my mom nor I remember if he Confirmed me or not. We could find out, but haven’t yet had motivation (we’ll see when I get there in a couple weeks).
There’s still a long journey ahead, which never ends for any of us, really, and I’m looking forward to sharing a part of that journey with him. Keep praying for him and for all of us!
The Farm Life
And as part of our homeschooling, we have gone to two farms now within a week of each other. First trip was to LaLa’s Little Farm, where she’s hoping to do educational days as well as offer a preschool this coming autumn.
I’m hoping we can continue to make a few trips out there and get to know the animals more. One very nice thing is that this little farm is only about 20 minutes away from us (outside our end of the city), which is super attractive!
We enjoyed our time there, despite the caterpillar epidemic choking our area right now. Thankfully they’re getting fewer and fewer, and hopefully the birds make good meals of the moths that show up…
The Dairy Farm
And yesterday we had the great privilege of touring the Fehr Dairy Farm. The older two and I went and had a GREAT time! I learned tons, the kids learned tons, and I totally think Spencer would easily fit into the farm life. At least on occasion ;). He asked good questions and got right in there excitedly to attach the machine to the cows’ udders.
They also had baby calves (even one born that morning!) whose tongues sneak up on you and tap you on the shoulder (uhhh, ask me how I know). They were quite cute. And yes, those are chicken eggs in the kids’ hands…
This farm also had a few pigs. The farmer (possibly Mr. Fehr?) said each pig provides about 100 (or 150?) pounds of bacon. Holy cow! or pig, as it is. That would last us….well, a very long time. Especially with my pork digestive issues (buuuuuut BAAAACONNNNN!). Oh, and they’re cute things too. Cleaner snouts than the cows…
It was a fabulous educational trip. They had chickens as well, and if you know my Spencer, he was all over that like syrup on pancakes. This boy might have a thing for chicken farming or egg farming in his future (anyone know of good apprenticeships for 7-year-olds in the area?). I have no idea why he loves chickens so much, but he adores them.
And lastly, Andy’s cousin Leah, who was 28, just passed away from health complications this past week. We attended her funeral Tuesday and I’m certain the family would appreciate any prayers you might offer for her and for them. It’s been a hard journey this last year for them and they are greatly saddened at her passing. We are thinking and praying for them often.
In just over a week I will be on the road with the kids on a grand adventure to Prince George. I am thinking of journaling our trip over facebook…it will be an interesting adventure but we are all looking forward to it!