Started out the day with a bang, and a huge fight with DH over being late to church. Wonderful. I'm such a good Catholic.
But I felt the need to redeem myself and take a tag from the Jesse Tree in the narthex after Mass. While reading through the different gift requests, I realized there were no baby or child gifts left- - thus is the trade-off for sleeping in and going to the latest Mass of the weekend.
Just as I was about to pick one that said, "Men's flannel pajamas," I saw a "Maternity Shirt" tag. I picked it. Why? Two reasons, really. First, I'm sure this woman will be getting many supplies for the newborn, once it is born. People tend to be more generous when it comes to babies (hence the lack of baby gifts at the last Mass). But the pregnancy itself often goes without charity. Second, in giving a gift to a women with child, her gratitude would be quite possibly the best prayer for my fertility.
And now I will commence the Christmas tree set-up, and house decorating. Now that I've let out the tears, I'm looking forward to it :)