Which brought me to my second choice -having our homeschool group put on a graduation. Our group has done this for the last five plus years, so it wasn't the impossible dream, and when I put out feelers I got a lot of responses of "I'll help" so we were able to put a nice committee together and graduation will be this evening.
The decision was made to have the graduation at my parish so I organized the mass and the reception. Sam has sung with the parish choir for four years now, so they are singing for the graduation. Our 30-something year old associate pastor is saying the mass (and he just spent a weekend with the youth at Franciscan University for the youth conference - so I appreciate this extra effort!), Sam's guitar teacher is playing a prelude, Mr. Pete is cantoring, Noah is serving - it's a real family effort.
Still it's a little more stressful than just showing up at the graduation and sitting through it. I have to run the rehearsal at 6 (which I guess I'm sort of uniquely qualified to do since I run all those wedding rehearsals!) and I have to give a short tribute before we give Sam his diploma.
But I'm trying not to get caught up in that. Between this morning and tonight I have to finish baking cookies for the reception, take the kids to their first swim lesson, wait for the algebra tutor to work with Gabe... life life. And try to live the moment, and remember, remember, remember that these moments are making up the fabric of my life.