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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7-Quick Takes

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1. Hard to believe but my granddaughter had her very first birthday party!

Her mama made pretty decorations!

There was plenty of food and lots of family

Izzy made the cake.



Which the baby thought was delicious!

A photo of Miss C's daddy and mama when they were about one.

2.  Soccer is almost over.  A couple of weeks ago Sam even came in to sub for his brother as a ref.

because that's what brothers do!

And Noah got a chance to play now that cross country is done!

3.  Rosie is loving our co-op experience.  This week we learned about the phases of the moon with oreo cookies!


A delicious way to do it!

4. Since our son is getting married I thought I better look up the mother of the groom etiquette!  Seems like I won't have too much to do, but we are getting together with the bride's parents this weekend and I am certainly looking forward to that!

5. I have to have some blood work done next week as part of my yearly physical exam. I am taking it very seriously.  I haven't had any work done since I went gluten free and lost 30 pounds last year, so I am looking forward to seeing what the numbers will be. I'm doing a lot of walking and absolutely no sugar this week except for authentic dark chocolate, which is supposed to be good for triglycerides.  We'll see.

6. So apparently carrying my 25 pound grand daughter around can have some unexpected consequences!   I carried Miss C. around last week and over the weekend I noticed a tightness in my back and sometimes in my chest.  I was a little afraid that I might possibly be having a heart attack because heart attacks present much differently in women than they do for men.

So I went in, passed the Ebola screening, and then had an EKG and a back x-ray.  Apparently my heart "looks great" according to the doctor. Just knowing that made me feel much better!

7. I had a chance to hear the wonderful Jason Evert  talk to parents and also teens last night.

I sat behind Izzy and four of her very charming friends from the co-op.

Mr. Evert talked about a young woman who received a lovely purity ring from her parents when she was 16 years old.

She wore it through high school and college.  When she finally met the right guy and became his fiance, she took the ring off and gave it to him. He took her ring, had it melted down and turned it into part of his wedding band.   Those young girls in front of me sighed a collective "Awwww!!!!"   They apparently loved the idea!

I think I know what Izzy is getting for her next birthday!