Monday, September 14, 2009


Today's Saying

While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt

Yesterday we drove to Green Bay to the Confirmation Service of my granddaughter Bree.
It seems like only yesterday I baptized her and now she was being Confirmed.
Here are pictures from that service.

  • It was a great service. Every Confirmand got to read their own faith statement.

    Here is Bree reading hers.
    Hers was different in that she related it to a song then did a power point presentation where the song was sung and the verses were cut in with pictures drom her life. She even had pictures from her Baptism. My glasses fogged.
    Here is Bree with her Father, my son Peter and her Mother Lori.

    Other than the fact I didn't bring along enough oxygen it was a wonderful day.

    The strangest thing happened in Pigeon Falls yesterday. At 4:00 in the afternoon everybody left their houses or cottages, or places of business and stood for fifteen minutes in the middle of the road. That everybody except the cleaning crew at Last Lutheran and Tommy UK. They are the ones that noted what time it started and how long it lasted.
    They just stood there. They looked like statues. they didn't say anything and they didn't do anything. When it was over they returned to what they were doing and nobody remembers even standing on the road.
    Tommy UK says that part of him wanted to join his adoptive parents and sister on the road and part of him kept asking why. So he ended up just watching. After it was over his parents were sure they hadn't left the house, as was his sister.
    Nancy who was seen from the Church standing on the road swears she never left the coffee shop, but she can't explain how a batch of saffron buns burned .


    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The fortress - excellent.
    And yes, children teach us always but if we love learning we have to be a child again which we always lost And we grow-up.
    I say - When we lost the child within we are grown up And we stop questioning.
    A child always question.

    2:01 AM  
    Blogger Rinkly Rimes said...

    Your granddaughter's celebration must have made you very happy.....even a bit breathless!:-)

    5:11 AM  
    Blogger Diana said...

    Oh Dr. John this brought back all of the memories of Katie's confirmation in the spring! It was a very special and proud day for us and Katie! So I know how you felt! Lovely pictures!
    Love Di

    6:11 AM  
    Blogger Melli said...

    Why Dr. John! You are sporting a beard! Bree's confirmation looks like it was beautiful! Your Peter is his father's son for sure! What in the world was NOT to smile about this event!? LOL! Peter ... SMILE!!! Bree was looking beautiful and ever so happy in her faith! What a day! (sorry about the oxygen... I hope you didn't have to leave TOO early)

    My! This was a strange even in Pigeon Falls. I wonder if that was "the evil" coming. Pastor Joan better move into the church!

    6:40 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    A day of family, faith, and celebration is a wonderful way to spend your Sunday! :)

    Ella helped with the children's sermon yesterday. She also played the organ. :)

    On Friday night, she was sporting her Green Bay Packers cheerleader outfit. Come by for a visit and see the pictures! :)

    7:18 AM  
    Blogger PS (PSanafter-thought) said...

    Wow, your slide show worked even when I went off-line.

    It is nice to get a taste of what is happening in other churches. We are reminded that we are all part of the SAME family of God, Brothers and Sisters of Christ.

    8:04 AM  
    Blogger Akelamalu said...

    What a wonderful day for you all. Lori is the image of one of my cousins! :0

    10:07 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    How excellent Dr. John. And very touching. Glad you all enjoyed. It sounds just fantastic.

    Wow...just standing and not remembering leaving your house, etc. Strange.

    10:18 AM  
    Blogger Louisiana said...

    Congratulations to Bree on her confirmation and to her family for supporting and encouraging her.

    How are you Dr. John, how is Betty, is been way too long since i have stopped by and said hello. How wonderful it is to see how your blog keeps time away, if has the same feeling as it did many moons ago. I love your quotes, how full of wisdom they are.

    I hope your health has been well, stabled and that you both enjoyed your summer.

    I leave you with nothing but hugs and love and bestest of wishes for you my dear old friend and those you love and keep close to your heart. xooxoxooxooxo

    11:09 AM  
    Blogger Finding Pam said...

    What a beautiful moment when your granddaughter goes through confirmation. I know you are delighted. May she always know and feel God's love.

    12:07 PM  
    Blogger Bill ~ {The Old Fart} said...

    Glad Bree's Confirmation went well, thank you for sharing the pictures.

    12:21 PM  
    Anonymous quilly said...

    I see a resemblance between Bree and Betty!

    Will we ever get to see Bree's power point?

    AND, everybody in Pigeon Falls beware. It's started!

    1:48 PM  
    Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

    Uh-oh! Something is afoot in Pigeon Falls!

    Great slide show, btw.

    1:53 PM  
    Anonymous Alice Audrey said...

    So nearly everyone in town turned into a human antenna?

    4:28 PM  
    Blogger Jeans 'n Tshirt said...

    hey you thanks for coming by and seeing my cleaned up garage! but I promise NONE of MY stuff was out there ~;oD

    I know you had to be so so proud of your son and his family and that grandaughter!! That was a really special event. Moments like that make all the hard, unpleasant things melt away...and you can rest and say AMEN.

    5:01 PM  
    Blogger Gattina said...

    When I had my confirmation we wore normal dark cloths, new one of course for the occasion. I remember I was very proud about my first "adult" cloth I was 14 !
    I am quite surprised that all the girls wear these white things, which look like a monks outfit. In Belgium they have them too, but in the catholic churches.

    3:01 AM  

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