Watching my children grow is one of the greatest privileges that I have been blessed to experience. While I try to remind myself of this everyday, when a milestone comes about, it is even more apparent. My baby boy Isaac is a constant reminder of this. Although he would be quick to remind me that he is most definitely NOT a baby or even a boy. He is, at the old age of 10 1/2, almost a man. (His words, not mine!) I am just not ready for that. To me, it was only yesterday that I held his soft sweet newborn body close to mine. It was just this morning that I wrestled with him to keep my energetic toddler quiet during church. It was just this afternoon that I watched him receive his First Holy Communion. I swear, I just blinked and we were sitting in church watching the Bishop lay his hands on Isaac and Confirm him. Wow. Where in the world have the last 10 1/2 years go?
Isaac David at his Baptism
When I was pregnant with Isaac, his dad and I very carefully chose his name. We went back and forth and settled on Isaac David. A beautiful, strong, biblical name.( Of course we don't actually call him that. We have managed to saddle the poor kid with the nickname "Bubba." It is a loooong convoluted story about how that came about, a topic for another blog someday. ) Isaac means laughter. And David means beloved. Since he has joined our family, he has filled it with laughter and love so we pretty much hit the nail on the head with his name. (Yay us!) Part of the sacrament of Confirmation, is that the candidate gets to chose a new name. It should be a name of a saint or someone that they want to emulate. Isaac chose the name Michael, which means, "Who is like God?" St Michael was an archangel that defeated and cast out demons from heaven. He is the warrior angel. The protector. St Michael is a favorite here in the Hough house. As I reflect on his choice it makes sense, at least to me. Isaac is and has always been a very active and intense boy. He is the oldest of the middles and definitely a leader among the little boys in our family. They look up to him, and he looks out for them. For him to try and model himself after St Michael seemed a very natural fit.
During the Confirmation, the Bishop talked to the kids about the meaning of the word "confirm." He pointed out that to confirm something is to strengthen one's resolve, in this case to strengthen their faith. The gifts of the Holy Spirit include fortitude and understanding. Both of these things are very necessary to live out the faith. I pray that Isaac will use these gifts to grow in and defend the Catholic faith. I pray that he uses the gifts of wisdom and counsel to share his faith with others. I pray that the gifts of piety and fear of the Lord are quiet examples to all those he meets. Most importantly, I pray that he continues to grow in his love of God. I pray that Jesus is always his best friend. And on his Confirmation day, I pray that the Holy Spirit dwells in his heart and is a loving and welcoming example to all he meets.
Isaac and his sponsor Robb and Bishop Brandt
Isaac and two of his buddies, J and Evan
Isaac and his godparents, Uncle Robb and Aunt Jess
Isaac and his very proud parents