It’s still Thursday for a couple more hours, so this counts for Small Success Thursday at Catholic Mom, right?
My entire family made it to Holy Thursday mass. 7:00 p.m. mass is *really* challenging for our four littlest ones. My oldest wasn’t there to help (she was spending time with Grandma), and my next oldest served. Mike and I were outnumbered, but mass went really well—so well that we pressed our luck a bit much for Good Friday. This 7:00 p.m. mass didn’t go so well, and I ended up in the van with the three littlest ones. It just wasn’t our night. Note to self: Next year at Holy Thursday mass, remember to have Father consecrate three extra low gluten Communion hosts for Drake, Blaise, and me to receive on Good Friday—I wasn’t quite thinking ahead this year.
Holy Saturday was a beautiful, sunny day, so we packed up our kids—all but our oldest, who was still with Grandma—and visited the Black Madonna Shrine in Eureka, MO. It was one of those perfect days where everyone got along and this Mama’s heart felt proud and bursting with blessings.
Easter was beautiful. The Easter Bunny managed to stay up late the night before to hide eggs (or poop eggs, as Joel believes). After mass, we traveled to visit both sides of the family. Picture a gazillion kids of all ages playing and eating too many cookies. The perfect day finished with a gigantic Easter egg hunt. I don’t have one family picture to show from it. Next year, I guess.
Baby Brooks has been busy: He got two teeth and figured out how to sit up all on his own!
Tonight was Britta’s First Communion rehearsal. She will be beautiful wearing her Grandma Cynthia’s vintage (not antique 🙂 ) dress. Grandma Margie surprised Britta with a delicate rosary bracelet and matching necklace. A beautiful wreath of flowers—made by a dear family friend—adds just the right touch. The ribbons trailing in the back say “faith, hope, and love.”
What seemed to be just a busy, mundane week was actually grace-filled when I look at it through my “Small Success Thursday” eyes. Thanks, CatholicMom for putting it all in perspective for me. Blessings to all for the week ahead!