Cheers to 37

My Time With Pete

My favorite time of the day is when I go to morning Mass with Pete.  It doesn't matter how rushed or chaotic our morning was with getting everyone fed, dressed and ready for school.  The moment I kiss them goodbye and shut the door to Sherman, I look forward to my time with Pete.    We watch the kids walk over to church and then head in ourselves to sit in the side front pews.  Two and sometimes three times a week it's just he and I.  As I hold him, I feel like I've stepped back in time when I used to take baby Thomas to morning mass.  There is no one else to watch or keep still.  Just him and me.  I don't even mind when he wants down or plays on the kneeler.  For some reason whatever he does is cute in my mind and I find myself smiling all through Mass! 
We have our rituals as every morning is pretty much the same.  We sit in the same spot every day.  He loves to sit on the pew by himself.  Every day I take out the misalettes, and hymnals and set them in the pew in front of us so as to cause less of a distraction.  I keep one hymnal for him and he points to it each day.  I take it out, give it to him and he sits and looks at the songs!  Usually by the homily we are standing behind the pew where we sit.  We point to the gigantic picture of Jesus hanging on the wall.  There is a sword in one of the stain glass windows that he points to every day.  As we move by the door he has to touch the stain glass window and when I say "where's red" he points to the red pieces.  Then there are the fliers pinned up on the little bulletin board right there.  We point to the clock and he says some version of "tick tock."  I ask him where is the picture of the baby and he says "baby" over and over.  My favorite is when I point to the poster of our Bishops and Holy Fathers he says with his little lips pursed together, "pope."
Believe it or not, I still am able to listen to Father and follow along with Mass!  We can head back to the pew after Holy Communion because he will sit so still watching the children walk past him.  The minute the line is gone, we are up and moving to the back again! 
 But I think my favorite thing Pete does is when I walk up to receive Holy Communion, when I am right there receiving the host, Pete waves to Father or Monsignor. 
Oh how I love these blessed moments with my child. 


Our Prayer

Heavenly Father,
We pray for each one of our children.  For their purity of mind, body, heart and soul.  That they will always love you Lord and the Catholic Church.  For their protection from all evil and harm.  Protect them from those seeking destruction in the world. 
 We pray for their health, please keep them healthy and growing strong, that they will always use the gifts and talents you have blessed them with.  We pray they will have a positive self body image as they grow and mature, especially for our girls. 
 We pray for their relationship with one another, that they may be kind, loving, compassionate towards one another.  For our relationship with each one of them.  Help us to be open with them and to take the time to build strong relationships with each one.  May we always be ready to listen and guide them. 
We pray for the decisions that they will make, that they will always choose what is right, and not fall into the temptations of peer pressure.  
 That they each will have a good, holy group of friends.  That they will have courage to stand up for what is right.  That they will be leaders.  For their teachers at school and for anyone who will influence their lives, that they may be for the better. 
We pray for their vocations, that they will listen to you Lord, and follow the plan You have set for them.  That we will encourage them to discern what You are calling them to be.  If You call them to marriage, we pray that their spouse is growing up in a holy home with the same values as our children. 
For their sexuality, that it is right and ordered.  Especially as they are growing up in an age where the roles of men and women are so unclear.  For our boys to be gentlemen and our girls to be ladies.
But above all Lord, we beg for the grace to know each one of them, to spend time investing in their souls, for it is Heaven that we are all striving for. 
 Thank you for the gift of each one of their lives.