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...

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I am thinking...
about my father - which is odd because I don't usually think about him much at all - not as much as my mom or my grandparents or uncle. But this law suit has forced me to look into the past and remember my visits with him.

The thing is, although I didn't know my Dad as a father, (and in fact had been kinda brainwashed as a young child by my grandmother to hate and distrust him), what I did see of him I liked.  I could totally see why my mom fell for him - he had a simple country charm and inviting expression. He was gentle and easy going (too easy going as it turns out).

My oldest daughter Izzy, does this thing with her face that so reminds me of him.  She does this very, very quick little smile like he used to do.  That always puzzled me - does it mean I'm kind of happy? or I'm just messing with you?  I asked Izzy about it and she said it was just to let me know that she was OK.  I wonder what it meant when my father did it?  and isn't it odd how mannerisms get passed down through generations?

I am thankful...
that we got to have the baby for the Fourth of July. Her parents were very generous with us.  She's so beautiful.

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In the kitchen...

I am wearing...
black pants, white knit shell top.

I am wondering...
about young women today.  All three of my older sons have offered rings (promise and engagement) rings to various girlfriends and have been turned down!!  Not that the ladies wanted to end the relationships, but they didn't want to wear rings either.  I totally don't get it.

When I was 17, Mr. Pete gave me a very sweet promise ring and I LOVED it.  Unfortunately, it fell of my finger one night when I was working the drive through at Mc Donald's.  Someone got a very special happy meal that day!.  So, Mr. Pete replaced the ring, and one of the stones fell out!  I still have that setting, just minus a stone.

But when I got my engagement ring, I was thrilled to pieces and I was so proud of it.  Girls today just don't seem that into it - at least the girls my sons have been in relationships with aren't.  It's strange to me.

I am going...
  • to walk Monday - Thursday and try get some arm workouts in too.  
  • Let Noah have some big driving time!
  • Take Rosie and Noah to their cross country practices.
  • Take Izzy to her new job with the city.
  • Pray for my math tutor and his family who will welcome twins this fall.
  • Really double down on my prayer time this summer - making morning prayer with divine office. com a habit!
  • Make it to confession this week hopefully!

I have the app on my Kindle and my cell phone.
I am pondering...

I am thinking of making my prayer corner a place in my room - but I need to clean a space for it first!

I am reading...
Teaching From Rest: A Homeschooler's Guide to Unshakable Peace

Elizabeth Foss had been raving about this book on her Facebook Page, so I read a sample and then downloaded a copy to my Kindle

I can see why Elizabeth loves it so much. I had a really rough weekend with some of my older boys, again - stress over the way their lives are going and the way I had always hoped they would be - that kind of stuff. And I read this from the book:

I have a tendency to think  and teach like I have been charged with the task of successfully raising lifelong learners.  I judge my success or failure in my teaching either by the tools my child has in his academic toolbox at the end of a school year, or by whether she still enjoys school, pursues knowledge, and chooses to red stacks of high-quality books in her free time. 
What I forget is that whether or not she does any of these things is not an effective measuring stick for whether I've been doing my job.  God is not calling me to be successful.  he's calling me to be faithful.  My part is to show up every day and to do the work He has called me to.  Whether or not things turn out in the end as I'm hoping they will (for my children to have a strong faith, a humble and compassionate heart, a love for learning, and an academic skill set that helps them seek out knowledge and Truth everyday and everywhere) is not actually within my span of control.  It's not my assigned task.  He isn't asking me to succeed.  He's asking me to faithfully do the work. 

I really needed a book like this for this summer.

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 From the Learning Rooms...
  • Noah working on Instacert to get ready for the American History II CLEP test. 
  • Noah Finishing Geometry
  • Noah Starting Expository Writing with Bravewriter.
  • Izzy starts working for the arts project with the city.
  • She is also reading To Kill a Mocking Bird.
  • Rosie is going to work on her spelling and reading and math on days Izzy is at work. 
  • Rosie also has cross country.  She moved into level 3 for swimming. 
  • I'm also planning an outing for Noah Izzy to see 12th Night by a local theater group. 

One of my favorite things...

The family and I are watching all of the Dr. Who episodes this summer.  This was one of my favorites from David Tennant's time as the Doctor.  

I am hoping...
  • Get some flute practice done.
  • That Noah will be ready for the CLEP in American History 2 within the next few weeks. 
  • Get the classroom cleaned up and then work on the entire second floor - starting with my office! 

I am looking forward to...

Reunions with family members this summer.

 A video to share...

The piano recital from June 1, 2014


  1. It is strange, but I feel very called to pray for your father. I remember him in my Mass prayers when praying for Fathers. Did they ever divorce? It must have been difficult to not raise your family.
    How different you might have been if you had been raised in the Catholic centered New Mexican ranch setting.

  2. Thank you for praying for him Janette. I appreciate it. No, they never divorced. When my mom left she thought he would come after her and he never did. They did reconcile though after sis and I were grown and married. She moved back out there and they had six years together before my mom's health made her move to Ohio. I'm not sure that growing up in NM would have been "Catholic centered." My paternal grandmother died when I was only six months old. There seems to be a lot of back stabbing and bad feelings related to property out there between the brothers and cousins. I'm glad I missed all of that!


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