This morning was another sleep-in for Lucy since she woke up at 3:30 a.m. for a bottle. So we planned to go to 9:30 Mass. What we didn't plan for (but was quite delightful) was to see our friends Amy and her son Colin at Mass. We had gone to their house last night and left Lucy's booster seat. So Amy called to see what our church attendance plans were and we met up!
We got there with two or three minutes to spare. Jacob and Lucy went to the potty right away, Jacob choosing to go in Mommy's bathroom. While I waited outside, Amy and Colin came in and headed downstairs to the children's chapel. The opening hymn was already going by the time we headed downstairs ourselves. [Editor's Note: Lucy did not actually go potty, she just went into the bathroom]
In the chapel were two other families aside from Amy and Colin. After a while, Colin decided he liked being in the main church better than watching on TV, so they headed upstairs. Once the homily came around, Jacob wanted to go upstairs because they had raised up the big screen from behind the altar. Jacob is always excited by big screens. We were upstairs till communion time.
Jacob and Lucy did pretty well in the church with minimal scrambling around and talking. Jacob was much better about whispering than Lucy was; Lucy was better at just sitting or standing than Jacob was. The offertory went well but Jacob was not interested in the sign of peace. In fact, he had to be taken out by Mommy just before communion for being a little too antsy and uncooperative. Otherwise, things went well.
After Mass was over, Amy and Collin found us and we headed out to the playground, where a good time was had by all. Jacob is somewhat recovered from his broken collar bone and climbed most of his usual climbs. I followed him around like his shadow (which is tough on a cloudy day) and made sure he didn't do anything too dangerous. Things are looking up for him.
Usually, I give a summary of the sermon at this point. As I mentioned earlier, the projection screen for the church was up and running. The pastor came out to talk to us about new developments for the church. Specifically, building a new pastoral center in the next couple of years. So there wasn't really a sermon, though the celebrant of the Mass said at the end, "The screen rose up just like Lazarus did!" It got a laugh, but that was all the commentary we got about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Just when the kids were distracted and I could pay attention, too! Oh well, maybe next time.