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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Veteran's Day - the Five LaVictoire Brothers served in World War II

I have a special treat to share this year thanks to my cousin-in-law, Mr. Tim Hernandez.

This is a newspaper story about the five LaVictoire brothers Isadore, Albert, James, Lawrence and Clarence (Mr. Pete's father and four uncles) who all served in World War II. It was such a treasure to find this!!

LaVictoire Brothers from Mt. Morris

A couple of things in the story really speak out to me. Mrs. LaVictoire was 51 - two years younger than I am now. I marvel at her bravery in having five of her children over seas serving our country in such a brutal war.

Also, I never had a chance to meet Clarence because he died in the 1950s from suicide. But I think my Sam looks a bit like him, including his blond good looks. I sort of like that idea.

But mainly I note what was not written in the paper, that they were loved and cared for, and that four of the men went on to live out lives of prosperity from hard work and supportive loving families. And we honor their memories and sadly still grieve their loss.

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