Some of us were sick enough to miss church on Mother's Day, and now, more than a month later, some of us are sick enough to miss church on Father's Day. Looks like Dad will celebrate his big day alone at church. Only my oldest is sick, but since Scott has to teach, he won't be able to handle our daughter, who comes to Sunday School with us. And since Nicholas is the only one who can get Elijah to go to Sunday School, he will be staying home with us, too. Noah is still sleeping... normally I would wake him up, but since the rest of us will be home, I don't suppose it will make a difference if he misses today.
There is a silver lining to this... Baptists (broad, sweeping generalization to follow-) are notoriously bad about looking for a reason to skip a church service, or cancel it altogether if they can get enough folks on board. Our church cancels the evening service on Mother's Day and Father's Day. It reminds me of something our very first pastor used to say on rainy days when he walked in to teach the 3 of us who showed up for Sunday School. "Looks like 9 raindrops kept 10 Baptists at home."
How is this a silver lining, if we want to be at church? Because we get to join friends for worship tonight at their home fellowship! We've never been able to do this because of our own church obligations. They have pizza and pony rides and church on Father's Day, even in the evening! My sick child will probably stay with his grandma, and the other children wouldn't dream of missing an opportunity to worship (and play) with their friends.
And finally, since it is Father's Day, I thought I would post a photo of one of the many things we love about Dad.