We generally attend church at a larger church, where Staley goes to the nursery while we go to 'big church'. Today, however, we joined my parents at their small church. Their church does not have a nursery, so Staley sat with us throughout the entire service. Armed with books, coloring, and snacks, Staley did a wonderful job of sitting still and staying (relatively) quiet.
Staley really enjoyed the singing during the church service. When we were singing, Staley wanted to stand and hold her own hymnal while trying to sing along. After the first hymn, we sat down. Staley kept her hymnal open, placed her finger on the words as if reading them, and began to sing 'Reflection' (which is a song from the movie 'Mulan.') It was so cute, but after singing several stanzas with no indication of being done soon, I had to tell her that singing time was over. And although we might not actually find that song in a church hymnal, I love that she was wanting to be an active participant in the service. We might just need to spend a little more time at home singing hymns rather than princess songs before our next visit.