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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Izzy did this painting last fall.  I love the colors, and I especially love the addition of the little villages in the side bars.
izzy fall sea scape

2. While Izzy was working on that picture. Rosie did this one. I like to think it's an inside view of the little village in Izzy's picture. At least the roofs are the same color.  This is the most complicated piece Rosie has ever worked on - she started around Thanksgiving time and just finished it!  So now I have these two pieces that are really sister paintings, done by sisters!
rosie's village

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The best thing about my granddaughter right now is the way she lets me take her picture, just about every day.  She's also very adept at taking selfies

But the best thing about her phase of life right now is how she is so generous with her kisses!  She kisses all of us when she gets to our house, she kisses the dog and cat, she kisses pictures, she kisses her toys - she's just very, very affection.

She even had some kisses for her Uncle Cal when he came to visit this week, and when her future-Aunt Sarah called during the visit, she kissed the phone!  I just love how she loves.  Sooo much!


4. Long-time readers will remember that I have been taking pictures of my children's cross country teams for quite a few years now, and then saving them on Flickr or other sites so that parents can get running action pictures of their children to keep as mementos.

One of the moms was clearing files on her computer and came upon a picture I took of her son Dave. Dave and his friends loved the photo so much they started doing things with it- and  Dave-Pics-Pro on Instagram was born.

david vs. train. (1)

David bond

david vs. train. (1)

And this was from the super bowl!

It's really one of the better feeds to subscribe to on Instagram!

5. The measles are still in the news this week, but that should be leaving the headlines very soon.  Why? Because measles just aren't that big a deal.  There hasn't been a single death from this latest outbreak. In fact there hasn't been a death from measles in this country since 2003.

Here are some interesting links on the topic.
14 things to consider about Measles.
 My post from back in July about Catholics and dealing with the MMR which is tainted with aborted fetal cell lines.
Another post on getting the Vaccination Presentation Right
and this one blaming Merck for continuing to use these morally objectionable vaccines.
And I had a good chuckle over this one - Immunologist Admits Babies Only Vaccinated to Train Parents! - thought so! Only my first child was on anything even close to the vaccination schedule of the time and he was the sickest baby.

6. Apparently I am not the only baby boomer who ever had a mild case of measles.  Before we did such a good job of using propaganda to scare the  masses, most people considered measles a mild disease. Popular shows t.v. shows bear that out.

Oh No Measles

7.  This is my current favorite for my mother-of-the-groom dress! I'll have to make a decision by next week I think, but I really like this dress so much, I might even get it in black too!
Simple Mother of the Bride Dress with Cowl Neckline, Quality Unique Mother of the Bride Dresses -


  1. Are your children immunized with the MMR? Will your grandchild be immunized? Have you read Roald Dahl's letter about losing his child to measles? It doesn't seem to make a difference that I lost a sibling due to a miscarriage with measles. I just cannot understand, if the Church has agreed that the immunization is alright, that you push that it is wrong to immunize. If the immunization saves just one child- was it worth it. How about if that child is yours?

  2. Love the dress. It will nice to have a wedding in July !

  3. Where did I ever write that immunization is wrong? I never wrote that.

    But going with your logic, if immunization kills one child, or damages one child isn't it worth questioning?

    BTW welcome back - missed you! : )

  4. The real facts are as follows (1): According to CDC records, there has not been a single death attributable to measles in the past ten years. However, according to records kept by the government created and funded Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), over the past ten years there have been one-hundred and eight (108) deaths related to measles vaccines

  5. You might check snoops on that one. As we all know any one can write anything in a blog.
    At least four people inthe US have died of the measles- even with millions of us innoculated.
    There are no reported, actually traceable, deaths from the MMR. There are people who died of things after recieving theme shot.
    There were also 145,000 people,worldwide, who died of the measles in 2013. More people do not die in the US because we are innoculated.
    The reason I questioned you on vaccinations is you really push that the inoculations questionable- for whatever think If you really felt that way - then your younger children should not be innoculated. You are now a Titus woman - younger women do read this and maybe they question their own decisions to go with the medical community. The Pope disagrees with you on this topic doesn't he? Maybe, in South America, he has had more experience with the actual illness?
    And you still seem to dismiss my sibling. Really?
    I have one friend who opted out of the MMR for "Catholic"religious reasons after reading so much on line of the evils of the cell line start. Her child has become medically fragile at age four. What a mess.
    Those are the kids I worry about.

  6. Think it through Janette - there were 400 Amish who got the measles last year in Ohio. Not a single death They were not inoculated. The reason they didn't die is because Measles is a mild disease and we know how to treat it.

    My first child had all of his shots and the more I read and the more I questioned the more I backed off. After hearing Dr. Patrick Johnson's talk about the MMR being made from aborted fetal cells, the toxic preservatives and that none of our vaccines are ever double blind placebo tested, I became more cautious.

    I never said vaccinations were evil, bad, or wrong. I encourage doing your research and realizing that we all have to be in charge of our own health care. I encourage everyone to be good health care consumers. Read both sides and ask questions.


    So, I’ve been asked, “Why not vaccinate your children? Why not take the influenza vaccine?” Well, I believe the choice is up to you. I’ve covered my thinking about the influenza vaccine in an article in the Journal of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, available online, but here are some facts about childhood vaccines that make me think twice about their use. I traced these points back to the source, so these are not blindly reprinted from hearsay Internet articles. In some cases I found public references to be wrong but the data to be correct when I got to the source. Much of this comes from government reporting. Anyone can research disease incidence by reading MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) from the CDC and accessing the search engine for VAERS (Vaccine complication reporting site) at

    1. Since 2005 (and even before that), there have been no deaths in the U.S. from measles, but there have been 86 deaths from MMR vaccine – 68 of them in children under 3 years old. And there were nearly 2,000 disabled, per the aforementioned VAERS data.

    2. In countries which use BCG vaccinations against tuberculosis, the incidence of Type I diabetes in children under 14 is nearly double. (“Infectious Disease in Clinical Practice” no. 6 pages 449-454, 1997)

    3. As reported in Lancet in 1995, inflammatory bowel disease (i.e. Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis) is 13 times more prevalent in persons vaccinated for measles.

    4. In a nested case-control study within the General Practice Research Database (GPRD) in the United Kingdom, patients who had a first MS (Multiple Sclerosis) diagnosis recorded were compared with controls. The authors concluded that immunization with the recombinant hepatitis B vaccine is associated with a threefold increased risk of developing MS (Hernan et al., 2004). No increased risk of MS was associated with other vaccines, which included tetanus and influenza vaccinations.

    5. In 1982 William Torch, a prolific researcher and publisher on Neurologic topics, presented a paper (later published) at the American Academy of Neurology reviewing SIDS deaths. He reported that in 100 consecutive cases, 70 percent of SIDS deaths occurred within three weeks of pertussis vaccination. In very convincing confirmation, a Japanese prefecture stopped vaccinating after associating SIDS with the pertussis vaccine. It is worth reading the entire description from Viera Scheibner, PhD:



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