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...
Cross country weather.
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I am thinking...
about the homeschool mass we had tonight for the Nativity of Mary.

Rosie brought up the gifts.

For the first time ever, Noah did some public speaking by reading the petitions.

It was a lovely mass and just the right way to commemorate the nativity of Mary.

I am thankful...
for our homeschool group, although a little nostalgic for the days of yore I guess.  All of these families are new, only two  of the women I homeschooled with 20 years ago were there.  The newer moms have a different attitude about homeschooling as well. It's as if education is a color palette, and homeschooling is one color on that palette that is available to them.

This is my 19th year of homeschooling and I feel analagous to St. Polycarp, who knew the original apostles.  I homeschooled with some of the original homeschoolers and I read books by the homeschool authors who risked prison or losing their kids just to get the right to homeschool. The new homeschoolers are like the early Christians perhaps - the ability to homeschool is there and available to them, and the stories of how that came to be,  are part of the ancient history.

It just has a different vibe to it.

In the kitchen...
Turkey breasts on sale this week so I got two of them!  Planning to try this on Wednesday.

Slow cooker turkey

I am wearing...
black palazzo pants and a black T shirt.

I am wondering...
how long it will take me to get proficient at shooting.  Calvin took me to the gun range to day and I got to fire a hand gun for the first time. I did pretty good too - once I started actually hitting the target!  Calvin tells me that to get my concealed weapon permit, I'll need to be able to make a grouping within a 6 inch radius.  That's going to take more practice - and more ammo.  It was scary, but I think it will be more fun once I'm used to firing and get better at aiming.

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.
  • Pray the office with the children in the morning with divine office. com a habit!
  • Make it to confession this week hopefully!
I am pondering...
in 1983 I moved from my home in Michigan to Ohio because Mr. Pete got a job here. It was exciting and scary, but being with my husband made it an adventure. In fact, one of the reasons I married so young was that I wanted to face all of life with him beside me because sharing those things with him just made my life better.

One of my son's girlfriends is moving three hours away.  They aren't breaking up but she's moving for a job.  They have been "together" for about seven or eight years.  I thought she would be my daughter-in-law by now.

It's certainly her life and her choice - but I can't wrap my mind around it because it is so different from my experience.  When I met Mr. Pete, I did everything I could to make sure we would be together, and if we couldn't be physically together, there was that bond of matrimony that held us strong.  What my son is experiencing is foreign to me.

Having just finished my Robin Williams movie marathon, I've started watching everything about Joan Rivers on Youtube.

I thought she handled this talk with her daughter about her own death wonderfully well.

I am reading...

Joan Rivers hit rock bottom in her 50s - and came back to have a great career for 30 more years.  I find that fascinating.

From the Learning Rooms...
  • Noah working on Instacert to get ready for the American History II CLEP test. 
  • Noah starting Algebra II, British Lit, biology and Latin 2
  • Izzy working on Geometry, American History, American Literature, biology and sign language.  
  • Rosie working on math, reading, spelling, map skills and history.  
  • Izzy and Noah starting the Dave Ramsey course to meet their finance requirement for high school.  

One of my favorite things...

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I am hoping to ...
  • Get some flute practice done.
  • That Noah will be ready for the CLEP in American History 2 within the next few weeks. 
  • Finish getting the classroom cleaned up and then on to my closet!

I am looking forward to...

at least two cross country meets this week. 
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 A picture to share...

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