My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Old feelings stirred

I got a little surprise today.

Back when Calvin was born I started transcribing office notes and letters for a doctor a town or two over. It was a good 30 minute drive and I went there and back two or three times a week, with a baby, and then a toddler, and then with a baby and a toddler, and then eventually with five kids in various stages of development from infancy to high school. I did that for almost 15 years.

Then just before Rosie was born, I got a note from this doctor. It wasn't a formal note or letter and it was written on some paper from one of the pharmaceutical reps, very similar to a post it! It was basically my "I have to let you go" letter and I wrote about it here.

It was a painful breakup, at least for me. I was weeks away from having a scheduled C-section with my sixth child, I was barely making ends meet, and I didn't know how I was going to be able to find another client to fill the gap quickly, especially since it takes me a while to recover from a Cesarean. However, with a stiff upper lip, I wrote a professional letter back, wished her well and enclosed my final bill of around $12.00.

Flash forward almost five years and today I got a call from doctor's secretary! We caught up with each others' lives briefly. She was surprised to hear that I didn't have any more children. She was also surprised to learn that I was now 50! And while we were talking my mind was racing!

I thought to myself, "She's going to ask me back! I can't drive out there again, but maybe we could do an FTP type of thing, or I could put her on my friend's server! Maybe, after all this time she has missed me and my service!"

But it was not anything like that. Turns out, they're moving and wondered if I still had the key to the office! If memory serves, my intention was to send the key back when I got my final $12. Since that never happened and I never pursued it, I just sort of forgot about the key. Turns out it has been lingering on Mr. Pete's key chain since it also works on the door to his office! What a coincidence. He's been using it.

So I shared this all with Mr. Pete this evening. He wondered how they planned to have me return it? Buy an envelope and pay for postage? Uh.. nope. And I wasn't going to drive out there either. I think we should just call it even. After all, it only costs about $4 or $5 to re-cut a key.

Five years later and we're doing well, but it was surprising how much this little thing stung, even after all of this time.