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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1.  As I am going to be spending a lot of time at the homeschool convention for the next couple of days, I wanted to make sure I got a lot of my blogging done and out of the way!  I need this homeschool convention.  I need to buy books for next year, I need to be inspired and I need some new ideas.  It's time for me to get refilled and refreshed.  Hope to do some live blogging with my Android!

2.  I mentioned with some enthusiasm that I was learning a lot on  Well also links a lot to Find a Grave, so  I was thrilled to find this on my family tree.

Nathaniel Burt (1636 - 1720) - Find A Grave Memorial
The inscription reads:

A respectable and worthy Father of the town of Longmeadow....a token of gratitude for donations in lands made by him to them for the support of the Gospel and public schools.

Nathaniel Burt

Added by: Mark Maxwell
Nathaniel Burt

Pretty cool huh?

3.  Izzy's art teacher told me sternly this week that Izzy really needs to go into art for her career.

I'm not sure what to do with that, but I am going to keep developing her talents so that she will have that option. In the meantime, she has been commissioned to make a flute bracelet and tonight she started Wilton Cake decorating classes.

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4.  She has to take a cooled cake and butter cream icing to class next week and also something to fill her cake with.  Her siblings are very excited about this.  In the meantime she has to practice making little stars with her tips and bags.

Her teacher is an interesting person.  She goes to college but she also owns her own bakery and she has worked in bakeries and cake shops for over ten years.  Right now she specializes in "adult" cakes.  As long as she has Izzy sticking with flowers and sea shell designs, we should be fine.

5.  Gabe had a bit of a meltdown this week.  He said he didn't "feel" anything last weekend at the Franciscan Conference.  He said that in the past "adoration was the bomb" but this year - nothing.  That concerned me a little bit because he seemed kind of bothered about it.  So I took him to see our trusty parochial vicar who knew exactly what the problem was.  He said that what Gabe had experienced in the past was called a consolation, i.e. a way of God reaching into Gabe's life and letting him know that God knows he is there and loves him.  But now that Gabe is older, perhaps God wants Gabe to experience Him in a different, deeper, even quieter way.  I thought that was perfect and it was a tact that I never would have thought to take - at least not in that way.  Gabe seemed to appreciate it as well.

6.  I know three pregnant young ladies right now.  I have offered my experience and expertise as a mother and former doula to all.  I've provided book lists and links and said I'm available - and haven't heard from any of them.  I'm assuming they either have it all covered or they don't know what they don't know - which is most likely the case. And when they figure it out, it will be too late.

7.  Want to know how liberals think - one of my Huff Po friends actually wrote this to me - yep - seriously!
"The US is a much different place than when the Constitution was framed. SCOTUS' job is to interpret the Constitution as guiding principles for citizens, today. The problem with conservatives is that they want Americans to live the same as when the Constitution was framed. The SCOTUS right-wing majority uses their interpretation to favor those like themselves (the wealthy), not the American people."

and whey I asked, " and where can I find the law that interprets the purpose of the SCOTUS  as "intepreting the constitution as the guiding principle for the citizens today?" I was told,

"No law, common sense - something SCOTUS does not have!"

This is why my kids are taking the Hillsdale College Constitution Course.

* and on a special note, this is the third anniversary of my mother's death which I still grieve.  Today would have also been Calvin's graduation from paramedic school.  It didn't happen for him this year, but he has certainly rebounded with a good job and with other opportunities on the table.  God has plans for that guy, and doors will open when they are supposed to.  Still my mother's heart holds him close as it has to be a little sad not to be celebrating a graduation today.

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