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...
After Friday's snowstorm and then the bit of weekend thaw, it's kind messy outside.

Winter Wonderland

Courtesy of NE Ohio Flickr Group.
I am thinking...
What a difference a year makes! Last year I bit my lip, and watched my firstborn leave the home for his new apartment. For the first six months, we barely saw him. But bit, by bit, as he became secure in his status as an adult, he started coming around and doing things with his siblings. This past weekend, citing difficulty in keeping a paying roommate, a busy schedule and more schooling this fall, I watched him move back home with his stuff. And I cried then too...

I am thankful ...
I was able to - record some songs for the first time ever in a real recording studio.
Give a speech to RCIA
Pull together a dinner meeting that was very well received.
Attend my Godson's confirmation.
Play a big concert at church!

I am very thankful last week is over!

From the learning rooms...

Gabe and Noah are hitting Rosetta Stone Latin consistently, as well as General Science although Noah just pulled ahead on both those fronts.
Sam is working on his next CLEP test in Science. He's supposed to take it this week but I am not paying  for it unless he really feels confident.  He is also working on Spanish II, pre-Calc and literature.
Izzy is working in language arts, spelling (Spelling Power) reading and is up to lesson 118 in Saxon math!
Noah is in lesson 116  as well.
Gabe is in lesson 50 with pre-Algebra.  
Noah and Gabe are reading Animal Farm.

For movie day last week theny watched -

The Reluctant Saint

The Vanderbilts

Frederick Douglas

From the kitchen...
Crock Pot Roast with veggies.

I am wearing...
Black concert skirt, white knit shirt, knee stabilizer brace.  

I am remembering:
Mama - always! Also praying for my friend Marianne who is dying from cancer.

I am creating...
a new normalcy with Calvin back and after such a busy week last week.
I am going...

My knee still hurts and I started wearing a knee support.  i can't tell if it is helping or not.  If it doesn't get better soon I'm going to have to breakdown and go see the sports medicine doctor. My wrist doesn't hurt at all!. In addition to s Jiggle Free Abs, The Firm Lower Body Sculpt which is done sitting down, and possibly some Stability Ball, I tried some Walk Away the Pounds and Leslie Sansone: Walk Away the Pounds - 5-Day Fit Walk.  They were OK.  Definitely better than nothing, but not as fun and challenging as the other DVD's I am use to.
I am reading...

I am hoping...
I can get something cleared up this week.  I had recorded the Lord's Prayer in the upper octaves for flute, but when TPTB heard it, they asked me to play it down as written.  Bummer.  I want then to realize tha was my first time recording EVER in a studio and they shouldn't judge my ability to play in a concert on my lack of recording experience.

I am hearing...
nothing but the buzz in my ears.

Around the house...
is a mess. Calvin's stuff is everywhere!

A picture I am sharing:  

Video from yesterday's concert.

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  1. The concert was great - better than I had expected. Well done.

    I didn't know that you were having knee problems!

    God bless,

    Fr. V

  2. Glad you enjoyed it Father. I think we were all surprised with the standing O! They are a nice group of very talented people and I'm glad I got a chance to work with them.

    The long skirt hides a lot of problems but I'm hoping that I can have this knee thing solved before summer! Thanks for dropping by.


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