I wish I had some great pictures to put with this post but I do not, so you get to read about my crazy day instead. I had the privilege of speaking in our ward on Mother's day. You might think that is sad for me, but it was a pleasure. I was able to really focus during the week on many of the things I treasure about Motherhood and women in general. It was a great week, and I enjoyed preparing for it.
Well, then Sunday comes. Kris had to go to the hospital to do rounds in the morning so I was on my own getting the kids ready. This is not unusual, but it was Mother's day and a little help would have been great. Anyway we got to church--early I might add. Kris came in at some point after the meeting started wish was good. I went up to the front so I could have a moment to gather my thoughts before I spoke. After the first speaker all the primary kids came up to the front to sing a cute song. I moved to the front row so I could see their faces instead of their backs and it is a good thing I did. When Joshua went up to the front instead of walking around the side and walk up the stairs he decided to try to "spiderman" it up and over the front of the wall. I quickly grabbed him and ushered him the right way around. The song was darling as always. I thought that Joshua's spiderman was going to be the embarrassing moment of my day, little did I know it was just beginning.
I stood up to speak and as I was only a few minutes into it I looked over to my family and Gabriella is on a sprint to the front. I am thinking surely Kris will grab her before she gets to me, but he isn't moving too quickly. She makes it up the stairs and finds a little stool to join me at the microphone. Kris finally gets her and hauls her off crying to get her diaper changed. That leaves the older 3 kids sitting by themselves. Veronica had offered to help me with them if Kris was not able to get to church on time and so she was there to help them. It is a good thing too. Joshua managed to get Kris' iphone and turn on the music or volume or something. Whatever it was it started playing loudly. As she and Mindy (another nearby helper) tried to get the phone off, Joshua thought it was the perfect opportunity to join me at the microphone. He bounded up to the front and I told him to sit on a chair. As you can imagine I am pretty distracted at this point and pretty much lose my focus. After about 30 seconds of sitting in a chair by me Joshua is bored and started climbing around. Summer (yet another helper) came up and took him away. I was somewhat able to finish my talk and sit down before any other children came to visit me.
Needless to say, I am sure I will not be asked to speak again any time soon.
Luckily, Mother's day only got better from there. I love that my kids love to spoil me on Mother's day and I am so grateful to be their Mom!