Today was a long day. Reese didn't sleep well last night, I got up early to finish up my lesson for YW, and I had meetings starting at 10 am that would go straight through until church started at 1. This means from 10-4 we'd be at church. Reese is still a 2-a-day napper. She takes one an hour or two after she wakes up in the morning, and then one around 1 or 2 pm. Eric always has meetings in the morning, so I knew Reese would have to come to my meetings.
Reese was ready for her first nap by the time we got to the church for my 10:00 meeting, but she kept herself entertained with the drawer full of metal spoons in the church kitchen (where we had our meetings today). Luckily, since it was ward conference, I found out during my first meeting that I didn't have to teach today afterall, one less stress, phew. Well, Reese made it through the morning meetings, sacrament meeting, and sunday school, but the last hour was pushing it much too far. As soon as Reese was in her car seat, she put her blanket over her face and fell right to sleep.
I kept finding myself feeling bad for myself and the overly sensitive child with me but then the words of a wise lady would come into my head.
The other day, while at my internship, one of the ladies we train was saying how stressed she was with all the time her church calling was using up, that it was just too much. Another lady, Sue, said, "but that's what we're here for. We aren't here for ourselves. We are here to serve our Savior." She went on to talk about how some things we are required to do seem unnessecary but that if the Lord wants them done we need to do them. I was very grateful for Sue today.