My name is Lori, I'm 39 and the mom to Emma, 7, Kailee 6, and Gabrielle 3. We have been going back and forth with our religion for quite a while. Emma started CCD last year and this year Kailee has started also. We have been going to mass almost every week and I've gone to confession and now receive communion every week.
I am teaching CCD homeschool and have a class that I go to once a month to test the students to make sure they are learning their homeschooling lessons.
Sadly in my house we are split. DH has no desire to attend mass with us or participate in the CCD process but he is adamant about the girls doing it and me making sure it gets done. He is looking forward to celebrating Emma's communion with us and the extended family on May 5th of next year and I have mixed emotions on that.
Regardless this is just one big issue we are currently facing and I find myself turning more and more towards the church and questioning my own behavior and the behavior of my girls.
I am noticing Emma acting out a lot and saying awful things about herself, like she hates herself and she is a bad person. I don't know why but I feel these things are all somehow connected.
I have been praying for strength and patience, but I am grateful to have found this board and hope that I can find some strength here!
My husband was raised Catholic by his mom. His dad was never Catholic and never attended church. While sad that the family was split, my FIL was like your husband and wanted DH to continue with the Catholic faith. Keep on with your path and keep praying!
I'm going to come back and respond more later but wanted to first welcome you to the group! You have such beautiful girls! I have some the same ages! I've much more that I want to share but know that I am adding your family to my personal prayer list. I know you are struggling in some things but take a look at it this way -- what wonderful strides you have made within your own faith and family thus far spiritually. Just look at how far you have come!!
Thank you so much Missy. Your words ring true. I'm looking forward to being a part of this board and learning from all of you and growing in my faith and in my beliefs! Looking forward to hearing back from you!