We made a little change in our schedule a few weeks back. We switched Masses. Forever we've gone to 10 am Mass on Sunday mornings. We know everyone there. It feels like home to us. We adore our parish and couldn't imagine being anywhere else on Sunday mornings.
And then last year I started teaching Anna's religious education classes that meet every Sunday morning the hour before Mass. While I would head out the door with Anna to 'church school' Scott would stay home with Abigail and finish cleaning up breakfast and get her ready for Mass. Then he would meet us there. It was fine but somehow this year it started feeling like "too much" (see a theme in my blog lately?)
I would be gone so long on Sunday mornings that I'd have to pack snacks for Anna and I. I hated driving home from Mass in two separate cars. I hated not doing Abigail's hair for Mass and getting her in her pretty dress. It just bugged me.
So over so much time reading Billie Jo's weekend plans (and going to church on Saturday afternoons was always there) I decided to make a change for us. And guess what? We love it! Although it feels a bit foreign to get all church dressed up in the middle of Saturday, we've gotten used to it. It makes our Sunday mornings so relaxing. Anna and I often have a quick breakfast on our way out the door to church school and then come home to a little 'brunch' coming out of the oven when we get home. I can prepare it on Saturday night and Scott slides it in while Anna and I are gone.
And on Saturday afternoons I load up my crockpot with dinner so that when we walk in from Mass right before dinner, it's waiting for us. Oh I love this change for us!
Of course I love that we are missed by our friends on Sunday mornings. But the good news is that we only have church school three out of four weeks in a month so that once a month we'll go back to Sunday mornings. But we'll all be together. And I like that.