Notes To Self:
- DO NOT attempt your first outing by yourself with a 1-month-old baby and a 2 1/2 year old toddler on Easter Sunday.
- DO NOT give yourself only 20 minutes to get ready. In college, that worked. In your pre-baby days, that worked. It no longer works…not when you have to nurse a baby, take a toddler to the potty, get toddler dressed and shoed and brushed, get gigantic bag of supplies packed, get self ready (see #3), etc.
- DO NOT wait until the last minute to figure out what you should wear – especially since (a) your pre-pregnancy clothes don’t quite fit, (b) your favorite black tees aren’t quite appropriate for a celebration, and (c) you *really* don’t want to hold a newborn and chase a toddler around in high heels.
Needless to say, we never quite made it to church.
At 10:55 a.m. (5 minutes before the start of the service), I texted my husband (who is a pastor) to tell him we wouldn’t be coming. He texted back, “that’s fine.”
So, instead – we decided to make crafts:
And then I gave my 2-year-old daughter some chocolate cat-shaped cookies from Trader Joe’s.
As she was sitting on the kitchen floor munching on them, she held out a cookie, “Want some? Cookies make you feel better.” Sometimes her brilliance astounds me.
And I guess the cookies sort of did make me feel better.
And taking this picture definitely made me feel better:
And the rest of our day was outstanding.
Lunch at Grandpa & Grandmas. Dinner with friends. 2 Easter Egg hunts. Playing in the park at sunset. Good company, good food, good conversation.
We are blessed. In so many ways.
Today, I am thankful for the good things in my life.
Most of all, I am thankful for what HE did:
And we didn’t even have to go to church to reflect on that…