Monday, April 5, 2010
Monday Morning Musings April 5th, 2010
This past weekend... was busy and wonderful! Best of all, I made it to Mass for the first time since the first Sunday of Lent, folks! I kept waiting all through Saturday for Gemma to get a sudden fever, or for someone to start throwing up or develop diarrhea, but the good Lord answered my prayers and saw to it that I made it to the feast of His resurrection. Alleluia!
On Saturday we were pretty busy around here, cleaning, cooking and baking, bathing, and doing some last minute ironing, and I had to cut Bret's hair as well. It was a beautiful day, and nice to throw all the windows open. Bret made ice cream and I baked vanilla cupcakes and a lemon Bundt cake.
Sunday morning I woke up to nurse the baby at 1:30 a.m. and couldn't get back to sleep. I put the kids Easter baskets in their rooms and was up on the sofa until 3:30. At about 3 I could see the light go on in the big boys' room and hear whispers. I told them to put out the lights and go back to bed! Apparently the older kids were all too excited to sleep much.
Sunday morning went without a hitch, and we went to Mass in Gallatin so that we could celebrate Easter with my family. The kids were all quite good through Mass, and they looked very nice. Amazingly, the older kids decided against staying for the Easter Egg Hunt after Mass--they said they had enough candy in their baskets at home! And the little boys weren't given a vote.
My mother brought over a beautiful bouquet of daffodils, lovely chocolates, and a big bottle of champagne! My sister brought some of the meal, and my sweet, month-old niece, Mariana, whom I finally got to hold. Truly, this Lent was very hard, but the joy of Easter has more than made up for it!
Some plans for this week: The octave of Easter is a week of Sundays, so in spite of my feeling as though we are somewhat behind in school, we will take the week off. After all, it is more important to impress upon the kids the joy of Easter than to catch up with a few lessons. We'll make it up this summer if we have to. I do want to make out a new menu plan, make a few appointments and work on a couple of projects if time permits. Maybe I can talk Bret into a trip into Nashville to the zoo--spring seems just the time to do this, as the weather is perfect! And of course we are preparing for Divine Mercy Sunday.
Also, as you may have noticed, I am fiddling with the blog and trying to move to a three-column format. Since I haven't time to spend many hours at it in a single sitting (nor have I the patience to do so!), I suppose I'll be at it all week...
If I can find some time for myself, I want to... I still have seeds to start and some knitting patterns to look through. I finished a pretty bib for Gemma's Easter basket, and a felted wool ball for her as well.
Special prayer intentions: Prayers of thanksgiving to the Lord for all His blessings; joining in the prayer campaign for the Holy Father, and continued prayers for friends and family.
Something that makes me smile: As if you couldn't guess...