I some times tell the kids that I see grace as the fuel that I run on, much like the gasoline which fuels our minivan. So, when they clamor about going to a daily Mass or spending an hour in front of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, I often tell them that Mom needs to "fill 'er up," and that we all need God to be holy and happy. We are switching our Adoration from Monday mornings to Thursdays from 3-4p.m. Here is our schedule for fall:
Mondays: Hit academics hard, M has youth group at the parish from 5:30-6:45, weekly. J and Dad have boys Conquest meetings once a month from 6:30-8 pm (I think).
Tuesdays: Hit academics hard, J and JB have art at the best art studio, weekly from 3-4:30.
Wednesdays: softer academics, schedule doc visits, vet, possible field trip pegged to Challenge.
Challenge meetings for JB and M in the afternoon from 2:45 to 4:15.
Thursdays: Hit academics hard, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from 3-4pm.
Fridays: Spelling and math tests in the morning and Mass and TORCH coop.
Saturdays: Everyone in the family to Confession once a month (Mom, more often).
Once a month -- date night for Mom and Dad
Once a month -- Mom spends her "sabbatical" out of the house solo
Sundays: Sunday Mass, Keep up hosting family and friends for special meals,
at least once a month, down time for Dad. We are going camping in Sept. with TORCH, and, in general, hope to take more family, and family and friends, trips to the North Georgia Mountains (esp. Smithgall Woods). We are moving to Cumming, Georgia, sometime this academic year, so we are packing up our "tent" here and getting ready. Like most people we know, we juggle some health challenges in all of this. God is good and gets us through. The children and I said a slower than usual version of our Guardian Angel prayer today. This is simple, yet powerful.