Of course we all got up late. REALLY late. Like get up with only 30 minutes to get out the door late. Not a great way to start the day. And I was all about just not going to church. I mean really.
But MM comes up to me (the only person awake in the house, snacking on crackers from last nights tree trimming tradition) and lets me know that she has laid her church clothes out already.
That felt like a nudge. So I wake up the teen. Not going to church? And I left the hubs also and decided MM and I could go because now there is 16 minutes to get ready.
Hubs begins to gripe. I told him I didn't expect him to go.
So we all four made it out the door just a little bit late. (LOL)
Since MM went to kids church last week I thought this was going to be easy.
She dug in her heels and grabbed me in a death grip when I tried to leave.
Want mom to stay for a bit?
Want to come with mom to big church?
If we leave you DO NOT get to come back. You have to stay in church with me and be quiet.
Understood and agreed.
Worship finishes. Now she wants to go to kid church.
Lots of noise - dad kicks us out of the sanctuary. Under strict orders not to take her to kids church as this was agreed.
So I spend 40 minutes outside the sanctuary with a SCREAMING child having a fit. She ripped up her papers. She threw them everywhere. She wanted to go to kids church. She wanted to go home. Tears and screaming. Screaming and tears.
I threatened to take her to the car and make her sit out there. Nope, she doesn't want that.
She wanted to go to the car. I didn't have the keys so NO.
We stood outside in the cold because she was being too loud and ugly.
She settles a little when she freezes so we go back to the benches outside the sanctuary.
She yells how she never wants to come back here. She doesn't want her family to go to church. She's never going to go to church ever again. She doesn't like this church.
We go over and over how I gave her a choice. We go over how we are not leaving cause dad and sissy are enjoying their church...and mom is very unhappy that MM is so mean as to not let me enjoy church also. We go over and over that the family will go to church even if she doesn't want to.
I tell her that her behavior is very bad.
Do bad people get presents from Santa?
No. They do not. But more importantly, good people that behave badly don't get presents either.
Fit shut off.
Return to sanctuary (as we are released, hah!).
Informed that they heard her screaming every time some entered or exited the sanctuary.
Have a raging headache.
Sound like spiritual warfare?