Today was Thomas' first day as an altar server. He was very proud. He did so well! John Paul and Joe were also serving to coach him along. I hope he has many happy days at the Grotto altar. What a sweet little boy. His younger siblings were so excited for him also. I wound up having to watch from outside as the older boys were all gone this morning, leaving me with Mike, Mary, Sarah, and Sophie. They do not cooperate at church. (They give a whole new reflection to Jesus' words "Let the little ones come unto me and do not hinder them..." I always think to myself, well you asked for it Lord- not sure when I'll be back to pick them up though- so thanks in advance for the break!) Thankfully the PA system was on outside, and I was able to listen to Mass and observe Thomas at the altar through the glass windows. It's kind of neat to see each of my boys serve as years go on. I was absolutely terrified when Andrew first served. I have to tell you I really didn't want him to. I was CERTAIN he would burn the church down or set the altar on fire. But it never happened. He simply led the way for his younger brothers to join up. It's been a big part of their life, I hope it always stays with them.