I took mom to church.
I have been taking her to church since about 1997. That year she was in an automobile accident and couldn't drive, but once she was recovered she said she enjoyed going to church with me so the tradition continued.
Now that she is in Assisted Living, we changed churches. We now attend St. Peter's Church - Roman Catholic. I believe I have mentioned before that I was raised Catholic, but do not actually practice my faith as an adult the way it was taught to me as a child. I consider myself a spiritual person with a strong belief in God. I have had many conversations with him of the last 5 years ... most of them being with the word ... "Why ..." :-) And I enjoy attending church on occasion, but my inspiration and peace hardly ever is obtained within the confines of a building.
But to mom, attending church on Sunday is very very important to her and so our tradition continues ... for her sake.
St. Peter's church is a very traditional church and new within the last 10 years or so. I admire its strong architectural features, simple lines and white uncluttered feeling. The congregation has been very welcoming in many small ways and it is evident there is sincere devotion among the parishioners. It is also about 5 minutes from mom. It has been a good choice for us.
Today I put on my walking shoes and took that walk I was moaning about several posts before. Here are some picture proofs!
My right foot!
My left foot!
I brought them both with me this time!
This walking habit I want to encourage has never been that big a deal to start - I have started it hundreds of times (as the old joke goes). Usually several simple tricks get me going: gimmicks to track progress, audio books, picture taking, etc. This time the problem has a different twist - it is logistics. I am simply never home. Now that mom lives outside my home I am on the road a lot with visits 4 times a week to see her and other activities that I put a halt to previously (because they took me out of the house away from mom), other activities have now exploded because I am not tied to the home.
But it is just another challenge - and I know with time all this will settle out.
I have a to-do list of things I need to complete today (church and walking can be marked off), so I am off to do the other stuff.
And so another Sunday passes! Hope yours has been good.