JOY…This was a reward for Dad just as much as it was for the kids. He managed to run an errand for me in the morning, take Sparkles to her Communion lessons, make confession, do yard work at our Church and come home to spend more time with the rest of us – all on 1.5 hours of sleep (+ a few minutes here and there).
I was beyond tired but had help, everyone chipped in. Rose helped with the baking the day before. Papi and Sweetie worked on the rainbows. Sparkles was entertaining her impromptu guest and watching Papi as I continued to prepare dinner.
Dad took all the kids to the park for fresh air. They each had a popsicle, “lightning.”
Dinner was ready when they returned. First, we honored the Anniversary of the Coronation of Supreme Pontiff, Benedict XVI. Then everyone was given clear instructions not to eat until each item was identified and discussed. It was most difficult for us the parents and Rose. Nonetheless, we followed along.
The children enjoyed the simple evening of recollection. Sparkles friend was thrilled with the festivities. She more than willingly took on some of the responsibility to place the stickers on the board.
I threw together what we had and the kids found the correlation between the items. They love identifying the significance of their food and sharing their faith. Most of the time, they find significance where I didn’t plan. It’s awesome to see how their minds and hearts are constantly being directed to Our Heavenly Father. I pray that they continue to be pleasing to Jesus Christ and seek His will, all the days of their lives.