Today was lovely. Even though John had to go into work early, it still turned out to be a very fulfilling day! I do miss him immensely when he spends long days at work, and the occasional Saturday. Sue misses him too. She gets such a boost of energy whenever he comes home and walks through the door.
We spent the morning doing our usual routine of reading a few books, breakfast and a walk. I love how her little hand automatically goes above her head when she is in the stroller. Patiently waiting for me to fill it with a piece of pear or granola bar. Kids love routine! And I do too! Doing the same thing every day, as much as we can, is a security for such a little person.
I just imagine how new everything is to her, and knowing that some things are very familiar during the day gives her confidence to explore.
By the way, isn’t her Einstein hair adorable? She is my little genius baby when she wakes up in the morning!
Browsing Pinterest I found this great idea! Sue loves to draw so I let her get creative with washable markers. And when she got bored with just the brown cardboard, I sacrificed my foot for her to draw on. Later at mass I was reminded of our activity as I saw the green marks on my toes. I love being a mommy, it’s humbling!
And guess what! She went down for a nap today! Around noon I could see she was slowing down a bit and loosing interest in her toys. So I took the chance and put her in her crib. A few minutes later she was fast asleep! I texted Johnny and let him know to come home so we can have some time alone. 30 minutes later he was home and we were able to get a few cuddles in! Fantastic Saturday. We even got a short nap in too, and when Sue woke up we were all ready to eat grilled cheese sandwiches, dance and play outside!
After the famous Suzi grilled cheese sandwiches, where there is always one that gets burned, we went for a long walk around the neighborhood. It’s late November and only now starting to cool down to the low 70s. I thought this pregnancy would be a breeze as it would be nice and chilly by the time I’m 8 months pregnant. But no, this is Florida and there is only season here, summer. We still have the AC running! Blessed, we are blessed!
Here is our little family walk around the hood. I strutted my belly as Sue ran off in the distance. I like the picture because my legs look so skinny… compared to the rest of my body! I am round and FULL of life.
Sue has also recently been very affectionate towards me, which just makes my heart melt. She wanted me to carry her when she got tired and she ever so lovingly put her head on my shoulder as she rested. Just typing this makes me tear up!
Our main event for the day was going to confession and mass at St. Josephs, our wonderful parish. We try to do confession as a family once a month. It is a beautiful practice that keeps me and John honest and loving. I feel that if we stretch it too long tension can build up. Asking God for His forgiveness, humbling ourselves, confessing our sins and pushing away our pride, allows Him to fill us with the graces we need to be good spouses and parents.
We then had a beautiful mass and Sue was very well behaved. She read her Usborne books and played at our feet as we listened to the homily and received the Eucharist. I always imagine myself to be a bride walking down to her groom as we proceed to receive communion. The Catholic faith is so immensely beautiful I am often overwhelmed by it. I get a quick glimpse into the truth and beauty of the Faith and then shy away as I feel I can not take it all in, or learn it all, or hold on to the moment. That intense love slips through my fingers and I can not hold on to it. I pray God will teach me how to dwell in His presence longer.
Days when we go to confession and mass I always love saying the Our Father. It’s like a checklist of sacraments I’ve completed! “Give us today our daily bread” – check, got the Eucharist! “And forgive us our trespasses” – check, went to confession! “And lead us not into temptation” – check, got myself a boat load of graces to fight the Devil!
Thank God for giving Himself so freely to help us on our pilgrimage to Heaven. Our King humbles Himself to the point that He is food and nourishment for our bodies and souls! Isn’t that just beautiful to think about? If our King shows us that example, what should we be doing with our lives? Offering up ourselves too so that other’s may live and love Him. All I have is His, all I have been blessed with is a gift from God. My time, my talents, my body, all should be a living sacrifice to love Him. Oh, I love the how beautiful the Catholic faith is!
After mass we did a quick stop at the grocery store and headed home for dinner. Sue got a quick bath and was asleep even before we finished our nightly prayers. John and I spent the rest of the evening chatting, working on our niche ideas and enjoying a quiet home. I get to hang out with my best friend every day, how cool is that?
Only one more day to go! This has been so much fun Kathryn! Thank you for sharing your week too, I feel like I know your family just a tiny bit now! It’s always nice to hear how a big family makes it all work so smoothly.