As I woke the children this morning so that we could zip out of the house to make 8:30am Mass, I told them that today we are celebrating Mary! Today we get to go to Mass to celebrate her being taken up into Heaven. I told them the Church would look beautiful and Father would be "dressed up." What a beautiful thing this Catholic faith is - that the Church is adorned and the priest wears special colors for such great Feasts as these.
After Mass, I read a short page out of a Tomie dePaola book and we set up our Mary statue. Then we had to mourn a bit. As we were setting things up, the book fell down and hit Mary. She fell to the floor with a crash. Oh, how sad it made me. I think I can glue most of her back together, but it was such a special statue that Brian and the children gave me for my birthday last year.
Using another statue, some flowers and our Mary books, we created a Feast day display on our new "altar." Recently, my sister passed on to me this lovely antique sideboard. It now holds our religious library and our religious articles. Right now I have the kids' Transfiguration pictures above it, but I am hoping to have some sort of religious artwork over it soon. I am excited to be able to use this sideboard to house all our religious displays throughout our liturgical year.
Once Michael was down for a nap, I told the children we could make a Mary picture. I had copied some pictures out of a coloring book to color, but instead of using crayons for the millionth time, I opted for paints. We haven't gotten the paints out in a while and even though they are messier, I knew the kids would love it. I almost talked myself out of it, thinking that the paints would only make messy, muddy pictures. But then I reminded myself, it's not always so important that they create great works of art. Sometimes they just need to have fun experimenting with color, etc. And so they did!