Hi Ladies! I haven't had a chance to be on here in a while (at least not long enough to type out a post, anyway), but a very belated "thank you" for the perspectives on homeschooling and taking children to mass alone. I still haven't managed to have the three of us up and ready while still helping DH get out the door for work, but I really want to go one morning this week.
I've actually been to mass three days in a row, and it feels like such a blessing! Friday I attended the funeral of the priest who was the pastor of my parish growing up. He celebrated my First Communion with mass in our home, and in his retirement was an honored guest and co-celebrant of my wedding at my college church. It was the most beautiful funeral mass, and I felt such gratitude that I was blest to have such a kind and devout priest to help guide my early faith life (of course it took me twenty years to fully appreciate it). The back of the funeral programs included this quote, "How gifted each one of us is. How blest we are to be called children of God."
Yesterday I was feeling nostalgic for all the weekday masses that I served with our late pastor, so I decided to go to 7:30am mass at my childhood parish and 3-year-old DD wanted to go with me. She did really well, so I am hopeful that she and 5-year-old DS will cooperate one of these mornings. Their behavior wasn't great at mass this morning, but DS has been staying up late and getting up way too early the last few days, so that leads to general inattention and lots of fidgeting. JMJ, I really like the reminder for others in the church to be patient with the children in mass. They won't ever learn how to behave if they don't have the opportunity to practice.
I hope everyone has a blessed week!