Make Matching Easter Accessories for Family - Check
- Two purple ties for boys - check
- One pair of purple suspenders for Asher - check
- Refurbished skirt for mom - check
- Matching necklace for mom - check
Make Little Books about Jesus's Life to Present to Kids Easter Morning - check
Wake Up Early Enough to Get Myself and Kids Ready So Pictures Can Be Taken Before Church - check
Pack Snacks for Asher - check
I was so prepared. I was so ready. I was so hopeful.
Until, Rhode woke up on the wrong side of the bed.
Until, Scarlet professed intermittent symptoms of some crazy sickness that affects her ability to eat, talk, and behave nicely to people.
Instead of a morning filled with plans, I had a morning filled with crying, fit throwing, threatening, pleading, yelling, and screaming. I had two purple ties sitting on the floor of the living room. I had church hair rubbed back down into bed head. I had not a single moment to present the new church books I had lovingly made for them. I had a church row that did not once contain my 3 year old son as he never calmed down long enough to walk into the door. I had a graham cracker stained baby onesie and new mom skirt. I had a broken necklace with beads running along the underside of the pew. I had baby bottle stains running down my blouse. I had a daughter that was brought to me twice during primary for more surprise symptoms. I had a daughter refuse to read her primary scripture, instead choosing to knock her sleeping brother in my arms and then crumpling to the floor in a full out tantrum when I finally read the scripture for her. And even after a very necessary 3 hour nap for both children I still have a boy that has chosen to spend the last two hours in his room because the 10 dishes left in the dishwasher have proven to be the insurmountable task.
And I have no pictures. Not a one.
I guess sometimes we need a day to realize that even when life is not perfect, or not even slightly pleasant, the Atonement is still perfect as is His Plan for us. This day is not about my cute skirt or matching purple ties, it is about the miraculous event that is the Resurrection. And that is why even after a day like today I can still genuinely say...