There was a time in my life when I really liked being able to sleep in on Sunday mornings before lazily getting ready for afternoon church. Last year was not that time. We did have the one o’clock schedule, but there was no sleeping in or lazily getting ready involved. Oh sure, Isaac, always our best sleeper, could sleep in, and if he did happen to wake up early he didn’t wake us up. Reece and Micah knew no such behavior. Worse than a forced early start on the day by far though, was the interrupted nap time. Micah never did get the hang of nursery instead of napping. Reece was no better. I think holding one, or sometimes both, of them for the last two hours of church every Sunday for the past year is what really caused me to have to lay down with a sore neck for 5 of the 11 days of holiday vacation I had this December. One o’clock church with little kids has been a sore trial.

But today, today was so good. Today we started the 9 o’clock schedule. When the alarm went off early this morning I jumped out of bed with excitement. For once it was my turn to bound into the boys’ bedroom early on a Sunday and see them all bleary eyed. Micah had a bit of a crying fit, but otherwise we made it to church on time and had a nice Sacrament Meeting. By the time nursery started Micah was fully awake and he walked right in, under his own free will, without looking back. Ily isn’t teaching primary for the first time in three years so she even held Reece and I enjoyed the next two hours of Sunday School and Priesthood unburdened. It has been a long time since I’ve had that pleasure. But it didn’t stop there. When I got home from processing donations after church, the quiet of peaceful napping pervaded the house; it nearly brought a tear to my eye. Aside from a small snooze, I was also able to spend some time reading, pondering, preparing a Family Home Evening lesson for tomorrow, and writing this therapeutic journal entry. As I just remarked to Ily, this is the most peaceful and productive Sunday I’ve had in probably a year. Life is good.


julie January 11, 2007 at 10:32 a.m.

I am so happy for you!

abdourahmnajallow April 6, 2009 at 5:08 a.m.