I feel like I am learning so much every day I am a Mother.
Let me just tell you about what I learned yesterday.
It is an absolute miracle that church going women continue to attend church after they have children.
Read: I'm shocked that every LDS woman isn't inactive.
Lets just talk about this for a second.
Yesterday was Celine's first day at church.
Daddy was in meetings by 8 am.
Mama and baby wake up, feed, both bathe and get ready, get the fish marinating, feed again, and then I've got to be playing prelude by 10:40.
Baby sits in her car seat next to the piano because Daddy is still in meetings.
Half way through prelude the baby starts SCREAMING.
Everyone in the ward starts passing your baby around.
Sacrament meeting starts and you're at the piano, Daddy's conducting the meeting and the baby is....who knows.
After you play the sacrament hymn, you go to sit in the congregation unsure of where to find your baby.
Sacrament prayer is said and suddenly someone delivers your baby into your lap.
Baby screams during sacrament meeting.
You wait in the foyer with said screaming child peeking in so that you're there to play the closing hymn.
Second hour, the girl has got to eat.
This church doesn't have a mother's room.
Steal the key to husband's office and away you go. (Only other option is going into the bathroom and sitting on the toilet to feed her)
Third hour, you are now the ONLY member of the Young Women's presidency because your two counselors moved to Utah.
How do you teach and care for a human at the same time?
Luckily, this week it is combined with the Relief Society.
Baby screams through all of the third hour.
Baby likes church.
She can't wait for next week.
So anyway, I pledge allegiance to the church-going women of the world.
It's not just sitting, often alone, through the meetings trying to entertain (and keep quiet 1, 2,....7 kids) but you also have to get everyone ready: hair combed, shirts ironed, ties tied, shoes shined, and fed BEFORE church and then AFTER church everyone is hungry and wondering when dinner will be ready
and you still have no idea when the Daddy will get home.
No time frame from the Daddy.
Dinner is over cooked.
It's a real good thing that I know with all of my soul that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true (and it is...Go to LDS.org to learn more) because I am sure that the church going women of the world would not be racing back if it were strictly to have a good, relaxing time.
Now, a call to action.
If your mother was one of these fantastic church going women of the world, call and thank her for not killing you and your siblings and your father in the process....and for not going inactive.