|Anthony and Dan with Bishop-elect John Balthasar Brungardt|
The day of the ordination was a very long and busy one. We did not sleep in (imagine that, with kids in a hotel room!). We ate breakfast at the hotel, and then it was back to our rooms to get everyone dressed in their Sunday best and pack up.
|"Anne might be smiling, but all I want to know is when do we get to eat?"|
|Anthony walked up and down the pew for the first hour or so that we were in it, moving the missalettes about and throwing them on the floor. At least he did not figure out that he could open them up and rip pages.|
The ordination started at 2:00, which, as any parent of little ones knows, is not a good time of day to sit in a pew for a long time. We had to get there early so we could sit in the family section, so our total pew time was almost 4 hours! The older kids did amazingly well. Anthony slept for the middle two hours in my arms and had to be taken out a couple of times, including the last 30 minutes. I would never have said we could pull that off, but it worked.
|Bishop-elect Brungardt processing in.|
|The laying on of hands by the other bishops.|
|Newly ordained Bishop John B. Brungardt sits in his episcopal chair.|
|The new bishop stops to bless his family.|
What a wonderful experience! We were blessed to be able to be there.
Not too long after the ordination was over, we had to load everyone into the car and head back home. Let's just say it was a loooooonnnng trip. Poor Anthony had just about had it and he let us know for a lot of the way back. We had to stop twice, but at least the roads were fine until we got to our local dirt roads, which were covered with snow. We finally pulled into our driveway at 9:30pm, happy to be home.
Overall, we had a good trip.
Congratulations to Bishop John B. Brungardt, the new bishop of the Dodge City Diocese!