I really love Sundays. I'm thankful that I do. Sundays have not always been easy with the callings Ryan has had, or with fussy twins. I remember past Sundays where I was about in tears standing in the hall alone because it was so hard to deal with twins at church...but thankfully I have always been blessed with that need and desire to go anyways. Even during the crazy years of four kids 3 and under...thankfully church left me feeling renewed. Although my memory is fading fast and I'm not sure how I made it through some of that craziness....
1:30 church means this morning was filled with lesson prep, girls playing together, usually Pandora on the Mormon Tabernacle Choir station, baths, feeding kids and doing four heads of hair. Ryan didn't have his usual weekly meetings this morning and I was able to go visiting teaching.
We get to church on time because Ryan has slowly trained me. Tardiness is not an option for him. I love our ward. We have a great mix of old and young. Many come from a variety of backgrounds...rich/poor, married/divorced/single, new converts/members their entire lives, outspoken/reserved. I have been able to get to know so many wonderful people who inspire me even if we don't all come form the same mold. I'm fascinated by their stories and what they have overcome.
Today we sat on a long pew. The girls are getting bigger and a short pew creates more contention because everyone is crowded. Long pews equal less fighting. Today I got to sit next to Ryan and just watch our girls color away, read the Children's Friend, and put stickers on their papers. No one (or two) had to be escorted out screaming on my hip...times have really changed. I pretty much only had to remind Lucy and Elsa to not read aloud to their little sisters. Leta and Annie also didn't fight over my lap, but took turns going between mine and Ryan's lap. I'm sure this week was a possible fluke and next week might bring more contention, but I loved admiring my girls today.
Then Leta gave her first talk in Primary today. She was a champ. She didn't really want to practice much before hand, but was excited to get up there and talk directly into the mike. Her talk was on how Heavenly Father's Plan for us includes our families. Of course she was cute.
Ryan had to sub in primary again (that is what you get when your wife is in the presidency) and I always love seeing him work with kids and teach. Sometimes Primary is full of last minute loops and crazies and it's nice to know I can always say, "Hey Ryan, you need to teach this class today." He usually complies without a grumble.
I taught Sharing Time today. Sometimes I get a little scatter brained teaching in front of other adults (give me a herd of kids any day...just don't observe me). And, of course my children (Lucy) like to call out the answers or talk to me (Leta and Annie) when I teach, making things a tad more difficult, but it went pretty good. I do love teaching.
Finally, tonight, the Evans family invited us over for cookies. After eating cookies, the girls went off and played while the adults got to sit and visit. I really needed that.
Every week I try to remind my girls how much I love Sundays. I hope they grow up to value Sundays as much as I do. A day to recharge and renew....and it's icing on the cake that it is a little easier these days to recharge.
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