Thursday, February 7, 2008

The feelings are universal

Sometimes as moms we feel so alone (except why is it that I am never alone in the bathroom?). And yet it seems that often we are all thinking along the same lines. I am thankful that this blog and others give us the chance to share the things that we might not otherwise.

All around the net, moms are sharing similar sentiments about Lent. Here are a few to check out:

Elizabeth Foss

Danielle Bean

Eileen's family made the crown of thorns Kat mentioned.

Also, Dawn has a really beautiful Lenten Craft planned for her family, perhaps something to file away for next year, when I hope to be back in maintenance mode (although around here we call it the plateau). Of course, with the best of intentions I told the children that next Christmas, when I was not pregnant, I would take them around the city to see the decorations, and Merry piped up "what makes you think you won't be pregnant next Christmas?" I guess she's been paying attention.

And, on the subject of our title, I share this quote I found on Danielle Bean's website:

A mother is the most important person on earth. She cannot claim the honor of having built Notre Dame Cathedral. She need not. She has built something more magnificent than any Cathedral -- a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby's body. -- Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty

Melin agrees, I'm sure, and writes about the contentment that she feels in her role as mother. Her pictures always take my breath away, I wish she could follow me around and photograph my life!


Right Said Red said...

I love the "maintenance mode" vs. "survival mode" distinction. I think this is only my second Lent in survival mode, so it has been really helpful to have it recognized by other mothers!

Yesterday I spent my kids "nap time" nursing a cranky baby (he's always cranky!) and holding a whining sick toddler. I literally had a cramp in my neck from holding both babies in bed. Naptime ended with me more exhausted than when it began. I didn't get to Ash Wednesday Mass because I had a feverish toddler, a colicky baby, and I myself am still hacking up a lung. Joe reminded me that it was not a Holy Day of obligation and that I could offer up my home sacrifices for a good start to this Lent. He was right, but it was still depressing not to get out to Mass.

On a totally different note, I love the crown of thorns idea too! We are going to have to try that.

MaryAlice, Merry's comment is hysterical! It seems that she is always saying pretty funny things. That girl has quite a sense of humor!

sixandthecity said...

I had feverish toddlers and didn't get to mass either, and had to cancel the other activities that we had planned for that day. In the end, it was a blessing, staying home all day sometimes makes me crazy, but that day it was the beginning of our returning to functioning.

I hope you are feeling better!