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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Outside my window...

This view around here over the weekend.
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I am thinking...
There is a myth about taking care of children. The myth is that taking care of babies and toddlers is harder than taking care of older children. I know because I bought into that myth for a long time - until my chidren were no longer babies and toddlers! But now that they are older and especially now that their school work is tougher, I find myself busier than ever!!

And I don't think it's just homeschool moms either! I remember all the driving around my mom did when we were little, and all of the endless hours working on math problems that I spent with my grandma - I think I have just discovered a well kept secret - it gets much harder before it they finally leave the home!!

I am thankful ...
that my mother and grandmother invested the time in effort in me during my pre-teen and teenage years.

From the learning rooms...
Sam:  Pre-Calc.
Still studying for the Analyzing literature CLEP test.

Gabe:    The big news for Gabe this week is that I finally enrolled him in the Kolbe Academy program.  More on that later this week.   He continues to work on Saxon Algebra 1/2 .

Noah:  Saxon 6/7.   Gabe and Noah are finishing up the study guide from  Robinson Cruso .  They are also doing chapter 9 in Apologia Exploring Creation Science and  Rosetta Stone Latin.   

Izzy is doing amazingly well in reading.  I read a story to her yesterday. She stumbled through it herself right afterwards. After a night of sleeping on it- she nailed it today!  It's amazing how the brain makes those connections over night.

From the kitchen...
A Duggar favorite- Tater Tot Casserole!
I am wearing...
Deep purle pans, black T- gray hoodie!
I am remembering:
Mama - always.  Raphael's 8th birthday is coming up too.  I worked on four indulgences last week and attended the cemetery mass.  Remembering the dead during the month of November is off to a good start for  me!

I am creating...
pictures for the athletic case at the parish school.  They asked for a couple of my photographs to be displayed!  I was thrilled.  Here are the two they specifically asked for:

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I am going...
try to get at least four workouts in this week. As it is Tuesday and I've already done two - I think I can make it!  I admit that I was a bit of a snob when it came to the "older" Firm tapes, the ones done in the 80s and 90s.  They looked so dated to me with the high hip leotards and the leg warmers.  But last week I did Firm Strength The Firm - The Firm Cross Trainers: Firm Strength [VHS]and I have been feeling it ever since!  It was a very good workout.

I am reading...
A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of LearningA Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning

Architects of Ruin: How big government liberals wrecked the global economy---and how they will do it again if no one stops themArchitects of Ruin: How big government liberals wrecked the global economy---and how they will do it again if no one stops them

Yes I know that I have been reading these for weeks, but I am a thorough reader and there are things in Architects of Ruin that are just too important to gloss over. I am trying to understand the whole thing.

I am hoping...
that Glenn Beck's predictions about the falling dollar and the hyperinflation are not true, but I have started hearing other people say the same thing.  When bread gets to $24/loaf, I wonder how anyone will be able to manage?

I am hearing...
silence downstairs - big kids are gone/ little kids watching t.v.

Around the house...
I am trying to get super organized! My next five weeks are not my own but belong to various concerts and other responsibilities.

On a positive note- I do have two Christmas presents already bought!! yea me!
A picture I am sharing:  

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Best friends and brothers.

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A bird in the hand... Noah's hand specifically

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