Sunday, April 26, 2009

Brave or Stupid and Crazy

It has been almost 10 months since I last attended all three hours of church, at first I loved only going to Sacrament meeting (I'd be lying if I said I didn't) but I realized I was missing it more and more with every passing month. Don't get me wrong, staying home with Gracie (when she was home) and protecting her was so much more important. Even on nice days, Jason would beg me to take her to church, even just Sacrament meeting and I refused, we either rotated every week or Jason's mom would come and watch Grace for us. Anyways...for the first time, we took Gracie to Sacrament meeting on Easter and she did great. We sat in the back corner, right where the accordion doors are, so no one would sit behind us. How wonderful it was to be together all four of us at church.

Jason and I talked and thought that maybe we might be able to take Grace to all three hours and attempt to go regularly. Well today we tried to stay for all three hours and it was so nice and Grace did great. Each class we sat in the back corner away from everyone. Whenever we went in the hall, Grace was in her car seat and covered. Since I'm new to the Ward, during Relief Society I was asked to introduce myself and I did---I also told them all why I sat in the corner and asked them to stay away if they had any signs of a cold and all the sisters seemed to understand.

I know we are still in the tail end of RSV season but there comes a time when you have to attempt to resume some type of normalcy. Plus I really have been needing the strength, uplifting spirit that comes from attending church and really focusing three hours on my spirituality. Though I try, it is so hard to devote time to reading scriptures and praying at home with Morgan and all of Gracie's care. By the time they are in bed and things are ready for the night, I crash--without fail I fall asleep praying in both my personal prayers and when I pray with Jason.

Hopefully Gracie will stay healthy and not catch anything and we can continue to reap the benefits of attending church---even Morgan was excited to be able to attend Nursery and play with friends for the first time in months.


Megan said...

Congrats Deanna! I'm glad that you've made a successful attempt and I wish you lots of luck keeping it up! I need to gain some more zeal for all 3 hours-I've grown very accustomed to sitting in Nursery with Evan. But I actually gained something from his lessson-I can be happy when I say I'm sorry. :) I'll keep my fingers crossed that Grace stays healthy.

Melissa said...

Woo hoo! I am glad the ward is understanding, eventhough they don't "understand" I hope they help keep the germs away from your family. Make friends in you ward. Be uplifted, goodness knows we need it...after hospital life. It was great seeing you! Take Care,

Jake & Stephanie Ellinger said...

We finally took Nathan to church yesterday as a family for the first time since last September. It was wonderful, but like you we sat in the back. Everyone seemed to understand. Good for you for speaking up!

Holly Rader said...

I am so glad you were able to go to church as a family. I hope you had a lovely Easter.

The Taylors said...

Good for you guys. That is awesome you braved the church world. We still don't dare, but I think we all do need it at times. The bishop tried convincing me the "Best" place to sit is in the front row. Less traffic he said. HA! I might try and go this week. I think it is brave of you to go not stupid or crazy. I think everyone understands and will stay away.

Ryan and Hilary said...

Good for you!! It is so nice to have a feeling of normalcy. I almost took Daxton last week. I am so glad things are going good. Much love