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Why I Go to Church Without My Husband

Nearly every Sunday, I line my little ones up for a quick picture before we go into church. It’s just a fun thing I do because I like looking back at the photos as they change over time. I often share them on Facebook or Instagram, and it never fails, every few weeks someone comments or messages me asking, “HOW do you do it?!” The “it” being get 5 kids dressed up and to church weekly. Well, I just do. The same way some moms get 1, 2, or 6 kids up, dressed, and out the door to school every day. It’s important, so we do it, even if it’s not easy.
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Over the years, there have been many, many Sundays when I have carried a baby on my hip and/or held the hands of little ones as we crossed a parking lot, found classrooms, and made our way to seats at church. Unfortunately, a larger number than I care to count of those trips were done alone, without my husband beside me, especially over the last couple of years. Neither of us have enjoyed this situation, but it is what it is. My husband doesn’t like missing church, and I don’t like going alone. He’s also super helpful when it comes to getting kids ready and out the door. However, his job complicates things, and he can’t always go to church with us. Currently, he’s only able to go every other week. The other weeks, I’m on my own. He’ll help me get them out the door if he’s still at home, but I can’t get up counting on his help because if he gets a call and has to go, I’m left scrambling and unprepared. Been there. Done that.

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When I show up with our crew, I usually get surprised looks and comments like, “Wow! Supermom!” I usually smile and laugh, but if little ears weren’t listening I’d tell those onlookers, “No. Exhausted mom.” Because by that point, I am.

I’ve dressed and fed them, combed hair, made ponytails, helped with requests for cologne or “smell goods,” changed diapers, refilled sippy cups, found lost shoes, herded kids to the car, buckled seat belts, taken a kid back inside to potty, retrieved dropped hair bows and blankets, driven nearly an hour, gone over our plan and expectations, found lost shoes again, found lost hair bows again, unloaded our van, and herded them across a busy parking lot. At that point it’s only about 2/3 over. Before I get to sit down, we will make our way through a crowded building to the bathroom, help 2 go potty, wash hands, stop at the water fountain, make our way back through the crowd to check everyone in, then drop kids off on three different halls in 2 different buildings. Sometimes Most of the time I’m sweating by the time they’re safely in their classrooms. I probably don’t even look like the same woman that walked in the door with them. 🙂

I don’t say this to brag. At all. I say all that to tell you, it’s not easy. Most of the time I wouldn’t call it hard necessarily (unless you’ve been up all night with a baby and you’re running on 3 hours of broken sleep. Then it’s hard. Very hard.), but it is work – a lot of work. It does require planning, energy, and dedication. I don’t have it all together. When we leave our house on Sunday mornings, more often than not it looks like someone broke in and ransacked the place. Not to mention, the pictures should speak for themselves. They certainly are not frame worthy every week.

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But it’s worth it. Very worth it. Even on the Sundays when things have gone terribly, terribly wrong, there has always been that one part in the sermon, or one comment from a friend or stranger, or that moment of Peace during a favorite song that reminded me why I did it that morning and encouraged me to keep going. I’ve learned that God gives strength to the weak and rest to the weary. I’ve learned that people you have no idea exist (because you’re busy counting heads and rushing to the potty) are watching you and the example you set, good or bad. The few weeks I have stayed home and deemed it to be too much work, I have always regretted my decision.

Mamas, take your babies to church, even when it means going without your husband. I believe those may be even more important Sundays because the effort you put in shows your children that even when it’s not easy, and it is exhausting, it’s worth it. It’s important to go and worship with other believers. It’s important to join with a church family and learn and serve together. Church isn’t just something we do when it’s convenient or easy. It’s part of life, and life is messy.

“And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.” Heb. 10:24-25

It’s worth it.

 

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You know you have THAT kid….

if you get an email from his church group leader, asking you to preview a new room divider system and give an opinion based on whether your child has the ability to climb over it.

Oh yes, the future of the Littles’ classroom setup depends on my son’s climbing abilities. He’s 2. I probably should not have laughed when I read that email…or made jokes about him climbing over it for Sharpies in my reply e-mail. What can I say? My kid’s a leader. I will never ask him, “If your friends jumped off a bridge, would you jump too?” If his friends are jumping off a bridge, he’s already swimming for the shore.

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one less reason to write a check

I recently read THIS POST about technology and our relationship with God by my friend Naty over at The Rising Muse. I’ll admit, I’m one of those people that gets strange looks in church services because I’m using my phone. No, I’m not playing on Facebook or Words with Friends. I often use a bible app from YouVersion.com to look up the readings during services. Attending church with two little ones requires two diaper bags and my purse. My husband brings his bible, so I prefer to leave mine at home and have one less thing to carry. Now when it comes to sitting down for some quiet time and studying on my own, I prefer my big ol’ pink bible. I’m a book lover, and I love the feel of the pages between my fingers, highlighting, making notes, and all the little devotionals it contains.

This isn’t really about traditional books or iPhone apps though. Today I did something I never thought I would do. Friday afternoon I sat down to pay the bills and realized I had run out of checks. Normally this would mean trying to remember to go to the bank, to get some cash to drop in the offering plate on Sunday morning, but that wasn’t the case this time. This afternoon I logged on to our church web site, created an account, and processed our weekly giving online.  When I first found out this was being offered, I admit, I was a bit weirded (WordPress says that’s not a word. Ha! I beg to differ. 🙂 ) out by it.  I wondered just how often that option would be used by anyone, or why would anyone need to? Even for weeks that we have missed services because of sick kids or been out of town, I’ve always just written out the check and tucked it away until the next week, or I’ve subtracted it from our account and added it into the following week’s check. Well, I shall confuse myself no more. It was really easy, and I guess it is no different than paying our bills online or making online purchases. I might just be using even fewer checks from now on. 🙂

If your church offered this, would you use it?

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I don’t mean to be rude.

I feel like this girl right now.

If you have tried to contact me in some form or attempt to contact me this week, don’t worry if you haven’t/don’t hear back from me right away. I’m not trying to be rude, I’m just super, super busy. I will get back to you though! Right now I’m taking a breather to let my mind settle before heading to bed.

Here’s a little look into my crazy life lately:

Thursday, October 9:

  • Class from 9:30 – 2:30
  • Went wedding dress shopping with a friend
  • Drove to Batesville to pick up Steven

Friday, October 10:

  • Steven rented a backhoe and demolished/cleaned up our backyard. (Photos to come!)
  • I finished editing Kayli’s pictures (check out my photo blog!)
  • I started on a 4 page (so far!) web site critique essay.
  • We went to the Westside/Highland football game (Go Warriors!)

Saturday, October 11:

  • I continued work on my essay.
  • Steven continued work on the yard.
  • I did LOTS of laundry.
  • I took 2 quizzes for my online class.
  • We had a date night and went to see Fireproof. Awesome movie! We both really liked it.

Sunday, October 12:

  • Revival started at church
  • I taught the toddler class.
  • Lunch at church.
  • I went to the bank while Steven went to pick up the TrailBlazer from the shop. (Oh yeah, did I mention we’ve been down to one car for a week now?)
  • We came home, Steven grabbed a container and went to get diesel for the backhoe, and I put together my photo equipment. I also discovered that one of my light heads doesn’t work! I’ll be on the phone about that in the morning.
  • Steven packed up and left for work, and I sat down to take a test for my online class.
  • I spent an hour or so photographying my buddy, Carter, at his grandparents’ house.
  • I had dinner with Jason, Nikki, and Carter.
  • I came home and worked on my web site critique essay some more.
  • I started the typed portion and did some more sketches for a 40-page design book I have due on Tuesday!

And the upcoming schedule…

Monday, October 13 (tomorrow):

  • Finish the web site critique
  • Work on more sketches
  • Class at 2:00
  • Gym time/studying for Abnormal Psychology Test (I multitask!)

Tuesday, October 14:

  • Web site critique essay due
  • Abnormal Psychology test
  • Design book, rough draft due
  • Write 3-page pager over the influences and contributions of the portable scanner to digital media and design

Wednesday, October 15:

  • BREATH!
  • Class at 2:00 – Paper over the portable scanner due
  • Photo session at 3:30
  • Church (or more likely, sleep!)
  • Put together door prize for Saturday
  • Start editing photos from this week

Thursday, October 16:

  • Clean house/laundry
  • Print order forms for craft show
  • Steven comes home

Friday, October 17:

  • Clean house
  • Put together background for Saturday’s craft show
  • Last minute stuff for craft show
  • Set up for craft show at 5:00

Saturday, October 18:

  • My first craft show!
  • Photo session with my cousin right after that

Sunday, October 19:

  • Back to church
  • Photograph a birthday party at Craighead Forest Park

See? I told you I was busy, busy this week!
P.S. – Please pray that I don’t lose my mind and/or forget anything really important!

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