On Saturday, I attended what is hoped to be the first annual Mothering with Grace conference. When I registered a few months ago, I told my husband I would go just for a partial day because I wouldn't feel comfortable leaving nearly 22-month-old Joseph for long. But as of last week, I told him that I would be able to go for the whole day and he agreed that I should.
A friend gave me a ride and, by the time we pulled into the church parking lot half an hour later, I was feeling aching arms and a wee bit of panic. She had her seven-month-old with her and I kept glancing in the back seat for my baby.
I confess, it was pretty hard for me to turn off my Mommy brain which is so necessarily accustomed to thinking of other's needs all day long. I sent Chris many emails . . .
Joseph will be extra hungry because I'm not there to nurse him. (Reply: What should I feed him?) Here are some ideas . . .
Has the plumber arrived yet?
Please ask the kids to do their music practice.
Does Mary need another dose of ibuprofen for her tooth?
Is Joseph down for his nap yet?
Thankfully, I had the consolation of holding my goddaughter sometimes to help fill my empty arms. How desperately I needed a retreat, but how much I am unaccustomed to it!
|A selfie with godmommy and god baby|
The event went absolutely beautifully. We mothers were very impressed with the leadership who organized it.
The day began with coffee and shopping at the vendors' tables, then Confession and a Reflection given by a priest. We attended Mass, then visited with each other before an ice breaker game and a meaningful sharing event (so girlie!). The catered lunch was delicious, and then we prayed the Rosary and a Litany to Our Lady together. Finally, the grand finale was an inspiring and useful talk given by Danielle Bean: original Catholic blogger mom, homeschooling mother of eight and now published author many times over, and motivational speaker.