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From the Weekend

April 9, 2012

I don’t have any cute pics of my kids in their finest because we didn’t even get dressed up this year, or go to church for that matter. I struggle with that.  Anyone else in a similar boat? I know I don’t talk about religion much(ever?) but it’s something that I have a hard time with and that my husband and I both go in circles about.  We don’t go to church regularly, but we’re Catholic and both raised Catholic(him Catholic school the whole way through) and he wants nothing to do with going to church.  I don’t always want to go, but I do find a spirituality in the predictability and sacredness and community of being at church. I want my kids to know spirituality and God, but I don’t want them to feel that church is the only place that they can find that. Just some honesty for the day.

The weekend:  Easter day relaxation with family, too much candy, a Friday night dinner to a favorite little town in the woods. Errands and a trip to market, trips to the gym, a photo session and some meal planning. Nothing crazy, but it’s been really nice to have the “luxury” of normal family weekends together again.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Christine permalink
    April 9, 2012 4:18 pm

    Why does “a trip to market” sound so much better than “going to the grocery store?” Kind of like how Europeans go “on holiday.” I mean, I love vacation, but “holiday” sounds even better🙂 And your kids don’t need to be gussied up in fancy clothes to be some of the cutest around.

    P.S. My dad always says he feels closest to God when on a hike out in the woods. I think your images, with their glowy light and upward focus, have some of that feeling to them . . .

  2. April 9, 2012 6:31 pm

    When I was a child I went to church often but I always felt fake. I never believed in heaven and hell and found it hard to believe that someone died and came back to life only to float up to the sky.. I asked the minister as the magnificent old stone church where we were members of the congregation. I was unhappy with his explanation which involved simply believing the stories. I asked what happened if I didn’t believe them? At 10 I told him it sounded more like stories for people who didnt understand science. Remember this was 1971 and the church itself was struggling with concepts. As I got older it seemed the concept of god got harder and harder to believe. The religious holidays now mean nothing more than a time when people have time off work. My point is the kids will make up their own minds in due course and the important thing is they are always told they are loved and wanted. Do that and you’ll never go wrong.

  3. angelika05 permalink
    April 11, 2012 10:19 am

    “I want my kids to know spirituality and God, but I don’t want them to feel that church is the only place that they can find that.”

    WORD.

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