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. The St. Thomas Day Cookies in the "apostles bowl" on July 3
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2. Izzy's yummy cake for the 4th of July!
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3.  A Fourth of July Table in the back yard!
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4. Mr. Pete and Izzy created some outdoor lighting from old bugle bells!
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Gabe has been taking a class at Akron Digital Academy this summer in government.  He says it's pretty easy and he has enjoyed it.  The class also looks like it is covering much of the same ground the Abecka class Sam took a few years ago did (with a secular bent of course).  The class is 1/2 credit in eight weeks and now that Gabe has had a taste of that, he is asking me to turn some of his other classes into accelerated courses - my new homework is trying to figure out how to do that!

I bought this book in Steubenville  a few weeks ago and this part really spoke to me!

Before being too harsh on yourself, ask, "Who is the best parent in the universe?"  It's the heavenly Father.  Now look at how messed up all of his kids are down here!  It's not because he's a defective dad.  It's because his children have the gift of free will, and they sometimes don't make the best choices.  The same is true of our own children.  It is well know that many wayward teens have saintly parents and many saintly teens have wayward parents!  It would be wonderful if the sanctity of a parent automatically transferred to his children.  Unfortunately, it isn't that simple.  But scripture reassures us, "Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it"  (Prv 22:6).  that doesn't necessarily mean the child won't depart from it before he gets old, but rather that the seeds you plant will come to fruition in time.