Ah, Gaudete Sunday... One of the only Sundays of the year when pink is liturgically appropriate! Cecilia would be set every day with her wardrobe, but John Paul and I needed a little more advance planning...
|Just ignore my awkward posture, ok?|
Even Father was impressed with our liturgical wardrobe!
Cecilia's in her Easter dress and a 12-18 month Janie & Jack cardigan (consignment sale find FTW). John Paul is rocking his incredible Vineyard "salmon" pants that my sister found on super clearance at Marshall's. And I'm in my very favorite eShakti skirt that is reeeeeally only appropriate for summer, but it's the closest I had to rose!
After a killer night with more than 10 wakings from the babies (combined, not individually thank goodness...) I'm amazed I was able to get through Mass at all, since we all slept in a bit and I didn't have time for breakfast, let alone coffee. But now the babies are napping and John Paul and Cecilia are doing a craft (Nativity Sticker Scrambles, definitely a winner) so I have a few minutes of freedom.
John Paul got a new Catholic Children's Bible that someone gave to my sister, and that kept him busy for most of Mass. I think my absolute favorite part was how much he absolutely loves the book of Isaiah right now, and he just about peed his pants with excitement when the first reading today was ALSO from Isaiah!!! Other than that, their behavior wasn't *too* bad (until after Mass when John Paul tried to set up the rope up front so that nobody could move onto the altar...), and Father invited himself over to give us the Epiphany house blessing, so clearly even from the front row we didn't convince him that we're too crazy for him to visit!
I so hope you all are having a wonderful Advent, and recognizing any joy in your life amidst the calm preparation you're making for the birth of Christ. Mary has been posting great reflections every day - check them out on her blog if you haven't been reading it!