Last week saw thirty youngsters from our parish receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. As we attend Mass on a weekly basis the children have known each other from birth - They've also all been in the Catholic school system since the age of five, so they really have grown up together. Whilst I support my husband and children in their faith by attending church with them, I'm not actually religious myself, so I took a back seat in the whole process but my husband was a sponsor for one of the girls, Anna and her father did the same for George. To mark the occasion, I stitched Anna up a little 'Dumpling Pouch' along with a matching appliquéd mirror.
It can be easy as a parent to get caught up in the daily rush of life and I know I don't always take the time to sit back and reflect upon my children's positive points. Instead I always seem to be constantly nagging about music practice, homework, revision...etc....etc. However, they are actually really rather lovely and despite our dodgy parenting skills are even growing into decent human beings!
One of the benefits of having an active faith is becoming part of an amazing extended 'family' and the support that this provides. For us this also translates into weekends away where, as a group, we rent a holiday property in various stunning locations and thirty to forty of us just kick back and enjoy each other's company (along with lots of good food and alcohol!). We have been doing this for well over a decade and the picture below was taken on last year's jaunt to Robin Hood's Bay. George is sitting at the front and just behind him is Anna. At the back is Rebecca who is taking her GCSEs this year and is my daughter's 'God-sister' due to her mum being Alice's Godmother. Sitting in front of her is Sita who is as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside.
Anna's dad took these pictures and looking at them reminds me of what a wonderful time we always have and this autumn's trip has already been booked!
Girls, unlike boys, are quite easy to buy or make gifts for, but Anna and her family came up trumps and gave George with a lovely print of the Magna Carta which we will now get framed.
The dumpling pouches are quick to stitch up and can be embellished in loads of different ways. I used this tutorial from Keyka Lou Patterns which I think is the best one out there. She offers a choice of two sizes and I stitched up the smaller one because it's so cute!