Sunday, December 06, 2009

Last Sunday

Last Sunday was great. I mean, really super.

I hadn't gone to Sunday church services since mid-October. My kids had gone, in different combinations and with varying adults (BLESSYOURHEARTSIAMBEINGSOSERIOUSTHANKYOU), during those six weeks, and last Sunday was to be My First Day Back.

I was nervous, as it's been very difficult to wrangle all 5. But guess what. No, just guess.

Really, guess.

Okay, I'll tell you.

My kids were great.

The older three girls got only a little bit squirrely, but after ONE reminder came back to being quiet. Atcha was a tad whiny, but for being 19 months old she did great, and didn't have to be taken out in the hall at all. And Bubby? The boy? Who always wants to be naked? The one who just turned three years old? Yeah. That one sat by my side the entire 75 minutes. Coloring. Whispering. Being quiet. At one point, he took off his shoes and pulled off his tie (which broke - cheap clip-on), and began to pull on the buttons on his shirt. I pulled him onto my lap, and he saw the boys sitting in the row behind us, so I whispered, "Son, see those boys? They are big boys, and they keep their shirts on. Will you please be a big boy and keep your clothes on at church today?" A whispered, "Okay," was his reply. And he did.

I was looking forward to this Sunday, to being able to take the sacrament again and to hearing testimonies. Instead, today brought a trip to an on-call pediatrician and then the hospital for the fracture in the big toe of the girl who kicked her older sister in the knee while Darin and I were on our date last night. Even so, I feel blessed. All around.

11 comments:

Sparks said...

75 minutes? In our ward that's 10 minutes too long.

Congratulations. And on behalf of those who sit in LDS chapels the world round, a big thanks to your kids for their reverence. Sincerely.

Kalli Ko said...

church with children is my test in this life... and I only have one. bless your skinny heart

Jennifer said...

You deserve a great week at church! Sorry about the broken toe. I hope everyone in the family can get all healthy soon and stay that way :)

wendysue said...

Well, they didn't want to break a record huh? One Sunday at a time. We'll take what we can get right? I call last Sunday a complete success and you were taking today off to celebrate.

Emily Hill said...

I am sitting here shaking my head in amazement. How did you do it? Did you slip something in their water cups? We're still working on reverence in church. Always such fun...

Shell said...

I feel bad for your 2nd child for her broken toe but is the oldest child's knee OK? I got a good giggle out of this. I hope you know that I feel bad but it is just one of those stories that your kids and you will be able to laugh about in years to come. Superstar was very good in sacrament meeting today though.:)

Sue said...

Good for you. I'm amazed by your ability to handle five solo.

I have a little stripper too - he is constantly trying to take off his shoes and Sunday shirt, preferring to prance around in his undershirt.

My husband and I are currently juggling attendance - I just can't bring myself to bring the baby to church yet. Our ward is like one big germ factory.

AzĂșcar said...

YAY!!!

I'm so happy that they behaved!

And I took a trip instead of church when EG sliced his finger open--trying to open a granola bar with a knife (because we buy granola bars that come in STEEL packages.)

Bunsies said...

HOw great for you! I think they were just glad to be there with their mama. Curly & Superstar were great the week I took them. Love you all

lisa said...

There are al kinds of spiritual experiences to be found at church...I'm glad you got this one yesterday! :)

Love you lots!

Shar said...

Tender mercies. Fo rizzle.