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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Remembering 2014 12 in 2014

12 in 2014
House Unseen

This is kind of fun. The House Unseen Blog  is inviting bloggers to link 12 photos from 2014 as a retrospective of the previous year.  So here goes.

In January, I finally bought a new cabinet to organize all of the music I had and that I inherited from my mother.  It housed the music nicely and matched the piano too!  Now a year later, I have to re-organize it, but at least it's in one spot!
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In February, Izzy took the last Wilton Cake Decorating Course and came home with this beautiful cake decorated with these amazing flowers!

Izzy's latest cake

In March Izzy had a congenital tumor removed from her foot.  To get ready for surgery, she reclaimed a bedroom that her brothers had trashed, cleaned  and painted it in one weekend!  She had a very nice place to recuperate, and her surgery went well too.
Izzy resting

In April I started having three girls around the house regularly!  My daughters and my baby granddaughter.
Girls and Grand on a hike beside the Cuyahoga River on a nice spring day.

In May, Izzy finished this beautiful piece in her art class.

In the summer of 2014, the family started watching Dr. Who on Netflix.  To celebrate her birthday, Izzy made a Tardis Cake!

The baby finally got baptized in August!

September saw the return of cross country and unexpectedly, Noah found himself running varsity!

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and in October, Calvin and Sarah FINALLY got engaged.

The fall brought regular hikes with the homeschoolers.  My three ladies went every week.

And we rounded out the year by getting another teen driver!  My life got a lot easier!
New drivers license!