Monday, April 02, 2007

Two Small Victories

I feel out of words, lately, which is strange. I think part of it is that I have been realizing that I am a far, far worse mother when I try to spend time on the computer while my children are awake (from 5 am to 7 pm), and after they go to sleep I'm really not good for much.

But I do have two small miracles to report: Last week, we went to Presanctified Liturgy (an evening church service that we celebrate during Lent that I love) and it went really well. It starts at 6:30, which is when we are usually turning off the kids' lights at our house. But we needed to go to confession and we really wanted to attend one Presanctified during Lent--a lofty goal!--and so we just did it. Henry fell asleep in the car and napped while we went to confession before the service, and Luke was in one of his unpredictable, wonderful moods. So it was all quite lovely. And, yes, there was the moment before communion when the boys were wrestling up on a pew over a baggie of goldfish. And, true, we did bring Luke's inflatable Batman bed, which for some reason distracted me. But when it was all said and done, the service was more fortifying than draining, which is not often the case.

And the other: I have, not once, but twice, been able to complete an exercise video with my children around. This might not sound like much, but it has been years--years!--since this has happened. It feels like some small piece of myself that I have reclaimed, and it is sweeter because I didn't have to pay or bribe someone to take my kids away in order for it to happen.

4 comments:

mom said...

Isn't it amazing how relative everything is? How much you appreciate doing a whole exercise video without interruption? Having small children is really a short time of your life....you will look back on it and laugh at the hard parts and be nostalgic for the sweet parts. Maybe it will be like morning sickness, you will have a good day here and there--then more and more often until the sickness is gone!! (then, there will be some other challenge) Love, Mom

Dove Knits said...

Those aren't small, even! Good for you.

Lucy said...

Do keep in mind that even those without small children in tow find it hard to go to church and excercise.

Ser said...

Well, yes, Lucy, but children are such a good excuse!