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...
Cold and crisp - but not white! No snow at all this Christmas season - which is just fine with me!!

I am thinking...
it was nice to get to church for two masses on Christmas Eve.

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and here are the girls posing for a picture right after singing for the 4:00 Children's mass.

I am thankful for...
Christmas present, but I am also thankful for the wonderful Christmases in my past.  The older I get and the more I do and give of myself to my family and friends, the more I am thankful for the example that was set for me by my mother and grandmother.

From the learning rooms...
We are taking another week off to clean up after the holiday, rest, and regroup for next week.  We are also working our way through the Christmas reading box.

From the kitchen...
leftovers - although if they eat their way through that during the day, then black beans and rice for dinner.

I am wearing...
gray pants, white shirt, black jacket.

I am creating...
lesson plans and craft ideas for the new year.  Izzy got a rug hooking kit and Rosie a knot quilt making quilt, so we may work on those as well.

I can honestly say that shopping for Christmas at tag sales this year was a great, great idea!  The gifts were unique and they did not cost an arm and a leg.  I bought:

  • a 14-piece wrench set for Calvin.
  • Three fabulous Barbie dolls - the kind that sell new for around $30 - for between $10 and $5.
  • And this great vest for my niece who attends Ohio State.
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Also I can honestly say that the birdseed wreath turned out pretty well - even though we made 3 of them and only one survived!

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I am going...
to reorganize book cases today.

I am reading...
a whole box of Christmas books to Rosie!  One a night.  This is, after all, only the 2nd day of Christmas.

I am hoping...
that the glitter and Christmas decorations we put out at the cemetery are still there.  Hope to drive out and see.

I am hearing...
The cat trying to get my attention.

Around the house...
I am going to tackle the classroom and Mt. Everest- the Laundry.  Seems I always do a lot of laundry between Christmas and New Years.

A picture I am sharing:

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The girl cousins

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The "oldsters"

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Trying to get everyone to take a picture.
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Best we can do apparently.


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  1. I like to read this blog and look at your pics.

  2. Beautiful family. Christmas Blessings sent your way!


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