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.