I thought I’d give you a peek into how we spend the Lord’s Day as a family. But first, here’s what an ideal day of rest looks like:
- Attend Holy Mass together; everyone is so well-behaved (with no meltdowns, no WWE impersonations, and no parade-o-trips-to-the-bathroom) that the priest provides the whole family with celebratory donuts that don’t cause unwieldy sugar rushes, subsequent crashes, or weight gain.
- Enjoy family time doing something together that fills everyone with great joy. There is no bickering, whining, begging, cheating, or otherwise troublesome behavior noted from the adults or the children.
- Everyone takes a nice, restful snooze that doesn’t make them cranky or unable to go to bed at a reasonable time later that evening.
- Meals make themselves.
- Cleaning up? Don’t be silly! That’s why God made forest creatures!
- Bedtime is a breeze, with everyone reading diligently above their grade levels, followed by each saying heart-felt yet non-rambling prayers that are surely heard at the Throne of Heaven because, darn it all, we have all been so very good and have enjoyed a MARVELOUS DAY!
- Sleep comes easily and meaningfully. For the children, as well, of course.
Annnnd …. here’s what our Sunday usually looks like:
- Go to Mass and sit together until someone has to take the 2-year-old out and/or the 4-year-old has to pee for the third time, whichever comes next.
- Fend off kids begging for a donut after Mass with promises of a yummy brunch at home!
- Make and eat brunch after Mass.
- Enjoy family time until someone asks to watch TV or use the computer (usually about three minutes in).
- Hold off on allowing screen time until the fifth kid asks for the 122nd time.
- Fall asleep on the couch for a while while kids watch something on TV – preferably Veggie Tales or The Sound of Music or something else edifying and uplifting.
- Throw something easy together for dinner.
- Clean up most of the kitchen with the kids’ help.
- Get everyone down to bed at a reasonable hour so the parents can watch sports highlights (Mr. Fix-It) and work on all the computery things (me).
And here’s what today looked like, actually:
Okay. So, it wasn’t that bad. But it did involve several round-trips to church for Mass, volleyball, volleyball, volleyball and choir practice. I am telling you – “death by mini-van” may very well be on my death certificate. There was also a birthday party, and one trip to Urgent Care for good measure since the 7-year-old decided to shove this in his ear:
One of my online friends remarked, “Sometimes it seems to me that parenthood is just a string of, ‘What were you thinking?! moments.” #preach. Which made me wonder if that’s how God sees me … #yes #almostalways
Anyway, we did attend Mass as a family, we did eat a yummy brunch with scrambled eggs and pumpkin spice biscuits
I’m wondering what your Sunday was like today, friends. What things do you do on this day that fill you with joy?