Small Success Thursday: Grace


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!

12 thoughts on “Small Success Thursday: Grace

    • Thank you so much. 🙂 I am really starting to enjoy looking over my week’s blessings and successes on Thursdays. Kind of makes me realize I DID accomplish a lot of really good things. Not just a blur of sleep-deprived, busy stuff.


  1. I love the “vintage” 1st Communion dress. BTW, we have a nephew named Brooks, but I haven’t heard the name anywhere other than from him before reading your blog. Also, is the “Black Madonna” also known as Our Lady of Montserrat? If so, do you know where I can get a holy card for her namesake? I am struggling to find anything at all.


    • Thank you. 😉 My two older girls wore Grandma Cynti’s dress also. I should scrounge up pictures to compare. My husband’s sister has friends with son named Brooks, and it always stuck in the back of our mind. We tend to like short boys names with a saint name as a middle name. If we ever had another boy, I have no clue what he would be named. We are out of usable boy names! The Black Madonna is Our Lady of Czestochwa from Poland. Google it and you will find out some pretty cool things about this icon.


    • Thank you. She is a very sweet, yet feisty little girl. Perfect combination. 🙂 Britta still prays for God to make her a nun, so if you ever think of her in prayer I would love that! She read about a saint (can’t remember who now) who prayed in her heart at her First Communion for God to make her a sister, so she plans to do the same. My sweet Britta. 🙂


  2. I’m guessing today or tomorrow is your daugher’s First Communion Day! Prayers for her. How wonderful! (And your baby–what a cutie!)


    • It was today! Britta prayed in her heart for God to make her a Sister! We will see where God takes her with that, but it seems like 2nd grade is just the perfect age—innocent yet understanding everything. It was just a perfect day! And God makes babies very cute to make up for the no sleep. 😉

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