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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If Baby Duggar could write - a letter from BabyDuggar

Since Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar announced that they are expecting their 20th child, forums and blogs have just exploded with comments and commentary. The Huffington Post saw fit to publish a letter of resignation from Mrs. Duggar's Uterus. As crass as that is, it's not the first time someone has decided to write a line or two from one of MD's lady parts. Not surprisingly, most of these are NOT favorable to the Duggars having any more children. Interestingly, despite the personification of body parts, no one, as far as I could find, has written one from the new baby. So I started thinking, what would the new Duggar baby be writing or thinking about his/or her existence. If the baby could do that, this is what I think it might say.

A letter from Baby Duggar #20
Hello out there.

Since my mom and dad told everyone that I was in here I've become somewhat more aware of my surroundings! Basically I like it here. It is soft and warm and I love to listen to my mom talk and sing throughout the day. But I really love to hear her laugh. She laughs so easily and when she does I jiggle a little bit and it's very pleasant for me. I always feel very satisfied. I heard mama say that she is trying to eat a lot of good food for me. I don't know what that means but whatever she is doing must be working because I feel bigger and stronger every day.

Mama rests a lot. I like that too. When she does I can hear other voices outside. Sometimes those voices come close and seem to be talking to me. There's a lot of patting then too as if they are trying to touch me. I try to touch back. Maybe someday I will. Sometimes the voices are far away. The voices that belong to "the boys" are always loud and screaming. But they don't seem mean or angry. I heard "the girl" voices say that is just how the boys are and that they like to do a lot of running and jumping and pretending to fight. I don't know what any of that is but it sounds like a lot of fun.

The girl voices are quieter most of the time, but sometimes they laugh and talk a lot!  I especially like when they are "doing school" and they are happy about some part of their lessons.  They talk so fast then I don't understand it all but Mama says they are learning a lot and are just excited about it.

 The littlest girl voices spend the most time talking to me or talking to mama. I can't wait to see what they look like. The older girl or boy voices I don't hear quite as often. Mama says they are studying their college work or doing missionary work or other volunteer or chores that they have to do. Mama is very proud of them.

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Every night my dad comes in and talks to me. Usually I can feel and hear the other kids around us too and we all pray and sing together. He reads stories for them too. I love to hear all of this and I am anxious to come out and try my voice with everyone else. Every one seems very excited that I am here and can't wait for me to be on the outside with all of them. I am looking forward to that too. Sometimes the girls and boys argue over me. Am I a boy or a girl? I don't even know that myself but I think I should be happy to be either one. They also say they will love me no matter what so I guess I won't worry about that too much.

As exciting and fun as I think it will be to be out in the world with my brothers and sisters, my mom and my dad and Grandma Duggar, I am content right now.

Sometimes Mama sounds sad when she talks to Dad.  They say that there are some people who aren't too happy to know that I am here. I don't know why. I haven't ever done anything to hurt anyone else. I know that my siblings have been good citizens. They all try to avoid debt - I don't know what that is either but it sounds just awful and a good thing to stay away from! I will try to be good too. Why should anyone hate me and I don't think anyone should hate my mom and dad just because I am here either.

Mama says that when I come out she will hold me and love me and sing to me, just like she does to little Josie. And I am REALLY looking forward to that. Besides Mama, Josie is the Duggar I hear from the most. She is always laughing or talking around me. I think we shall be very good friends.

So hello out there. I am looking forward to my life. Please be happy for me.

Baby Duggar.

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