Contemplating Friday, Looking toward Sunday

I remember Good Friday afternoons when I was in elementary school.  My parents sent my sister Laura and me to school in the morning, but we came home early to observe the holy day.  My Mom wanted us to spend the afternoon quietly thinking of Jesus.  I don’t remember too much, except perhaps that I brushed my doll’s hair while Laura drew a picture of three crosses.  Later we ate fish for dinner and went to Mass.  Most likely I counted the shoes as they went down the aisle to receive communion.

I knew it was a special day, but the sadness made me yearn for the joy of Easter Sunday. We would wake in the morning and search for our Easter baskets, then head to Mass wearing our prettiest dresses, sometimes with matching hats and little white gloves.  I have a photo imprinted in my mind of Laura and me on Easter morning.  She is wearing a sweet pink dress with a white bonnet looking angelic.  I stand next to her in a sailor dress with a silly hat on my head, but a big smile on my face.

In the afternoon we would gather with my extended Irish Catholic  family, eating ham and festive foods, while playing with cousins.  It was a happy day, one I still remember with fondness.

This year I’ve spent the day cleaning and organizing in preparation for Sunday, but thoughts of Good Friday are ever present in my mind.  I think of Jesus suffering and dying — for me, for my family, for the world.  Tonight Russ, the older boys, and Ladybug are going to see The Passion of the Christ while I stay home with the younger set.  I’ll be honest, I don’t think I could bear to watch it, even if I didn’t need to tuck my little ones in.

Thanks to my Catholic roots, some things will never change — the fish baking in the oven is evidence of that.  I’m thankful for my history and can’t quite stay away from my friend, Coffeemom’s blog; it feels a bit like home.

Have a wonderful weekend, friends, and if I don’t get back to my blog, have a joyous and amazing Easter.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Julie
    April 23, 2011

    Happy Resurrection Day Lisa and family!

    1. One Thankful Mom
      April 23, 2011

      Thank you Julie! Blessings to your family too.

  2. Laura
    April 24, 2011

    It is fun to have so many of the same memories and to appreciate our Catholic heritage. Enjoy Easter and give my Caleb a hug…it is the first holiday he has not been home. While we miss him, we are thrilled he gets to spend the day with his cousins!


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