It was about 5pm, and my family was enjoying an awesome tofu burrito at our local M*e's. We had just finished eating, and were about to head over to the shop next door for my husband and son to get haircuts. My husband's cell phone rang, and it was my Mom on the other end. "Are you planning on being at Liturgy?" GASP!!! I had totally forgotten that we had liturgy tonight for the Annunciation! I looked around at my family in our shorts and at the kids' messy faces, thought about my 2 year-old's recent "anti-church" behavior, and couldn't fathom how we could make it to church in an hour! I will admit that my husband and I had some not-so-nice words about what to do, but within 20 minutes or so, we had decided to just rush home, change as fast as we could, and get there. After all, the main reason I'm homeschooling is so that the life of the Church can come first!
Even though we were frazzled and stressed, we made it to church pretty much on time. I have to say, it was the calmest, easiest liturgy I have attended in months, maybe even a year!! My two older children didn't fight, they participated, and my toddler didn't scream the entire service! It was actually enjoyable!
I truly feel like God blessed our effort tonight, and that is what I have to continue to remember. No matter how tough it is to get everyone out the door, no matter how many times I chase a toddler up and down the aisle, God will bless our efforts. It is easy to find an excuse to not attend the services, or to keep the fast, and the evil one will never attack those that aren't trying. If we can just push through the temptations, it's always worth it!