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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A little stress and a graduation

With all the other stuff I've organized for my homeschool group this year, I wanted to give myself a bit of a break for Sam's graduation. Earlier in the year I knew that our state homeschool group association would be having a nice ceremony at the convetion center. It required filling out an application and having the graduate write a letter about what homeschooling has meant to him and about his relationship with the Lord. As soon as I saw the writing requirement I knew my quest for a simple graduation was in peril - Sam is simply not a writer and with his College Plus work to do and Pre-Calc course to prepare for he just never wrote the paper.

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.

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