It’s no secret around here that we go to the 7:30AM Mass every Sunday. What you may not know is that we also always go to the early morning Mass on holy days. Oh, and we like to go every Tuesday morning before school, too.
I tell you all of this in no way to show how committed or devout we are– that’s not really the point, at all. But, time and time again, I am asked the same question:
How do you get three kids ready so early???
We stand out big time at these early masses. Honestly, I’M definitely among the ten youngest people at our Sunday Mass– including all children in attendance. There are two other families at Tuesday morning Mass, but we stand out there, too. The other families both homeschool and one group wears long skirts and chapel veils, while the other typically comes in pajamas. My ponytailed, capri wearing little girls wouldn’t “fit” with either group, though we’re all certainly most welcome there, no matter how we choose to dress.
And, because we have to head from there straight to school, we are asked, again, “How do you do it?”
I could give you a list of my tips and tricks for getting everybody up and out the door, but there would be nothing you couldn’t already guess: go to bed early, plan breakfast, pack backpacks the night before, lay out clothes, etc. In short? Be organized. That’s really the key to smooth mornings. We all already know that, right?
But the real answer here is this:
We are able to do it because we make it a priority.
We’re not special. We’re not gifted with any early morning super powers. But we have made the decision that this matters and so we do what we have to to make it work.
It amazes me how many people tell me they can’t fathom fitting in early Mass, yet they jump through hoops to make the baseball season schedule work. Meals in the car, late nights, rescheduled activities, bags perpetually packed and at the ready– all of these are the norm during season. Yet getting ready for 7:30 Mass seems impossible?
Please know that I have no issue with baseball or any other sport or activity that requires a large time commitment. I take no issue with those who are juggling wild schedules so their kid(s) can do something they love.
But, really, that’s what we’re doing, too. We plan and juggle and figure it out because we love it.
When something really matters– when you decide that this is a non-negotiable part of your schedule– it becomes possible. It’s just “what you do.”
And so we just do it.
That’s how I get three kids ready so early.