Every week at CatholicMom, bloggers link up to share their big and small successes for the week. It’s my favorite place to find inspiration from real moms, just like me!
Here we go, my accomplishments for the week:
I took 7 of my kids to Sunday mass by myself!
Actually, I took 7 kids and my oldest daughter’s friend. That’s the only way we made it. Two of my middles served mass, and my oldest daughter and her friend helped me juggle the 6-month-old and 23-month-old. One trip to the bathroom (it’s an old church, so you have to walk them outside and behind the church), one stinky diaper change, and the baby nursed once, but I somehow managed to actually listen at mass! The kids were on their best behavior, which I was not expecting. They usually sense when I am outnumbered. 😉
Things were so peaceful that I actually felt God’s peace washing over me as I knelt after Communion. I felt like it must be the tiniest glimpse of how wonderful it will be in Heaven. Have you ever had that happen? I could feel God’s love and mercy all around me and deep inside my heart. It was absolutely amazing!
I restarted bedtime Bible time with the kids.
I’m not quite sure how we got off track and stopped this. You would think having lots of kids would make me extremely routine and organized, but it doesn’t!
This time, instead of me planning ahead what Bible verses the kids would read, I let them pick. It’s so much easier, and the kids love it because they decide. Why didn’t I do this before?
So far this week, the kids have read about when Jesus washed the disciples feet, Jesus’ crucifixion, creation stories from Genesis, and when Jesus miraculously multiplied the loaves of bread. We already decided tonight we would read about when Jesus walks on water. Doesn’t this beautiful artwork by my son Blaise remind you of Jesus’ hand reaching out to save Peter from sinking?
This morning was craft time—excuse the bed head and mess:
Now the baby’s down for a nap (which is why I got this post written), and the kids are outside jumping on the trampoline. I am going to eat chocolate chips and clean my kitchen!
Have a blessed week. I pray for God’s mercy and peace to wash over each of you!