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 whether or not I want to plan another homeschool graduation or not.  Long time readers might remember that I helped to plan a homeschool high school  graduation for my second son back in 2011 and it was very nice, but also very stressful!  The response from my homeschool group has been rather small and I'm just not feeling the urge to organize something... again.

It would be different also if Noah had always DREAMED of a big graduation ceremony, but he hasn't and Mr. Pete thinks we should just take him to a morning mass, announce to the mass goers that it's also a graduation, and do it that way. There are also some bigger homeschool groups doing graduation ceremonies.

Noah on the other hand said, "as long as I get the piece of paper that says I graduated, I'm good."


I am thankful...
For a strong and wise husband, a sister of good counsel, and a best friend who always listens to my stories and commiserates with me even when we haven't talked for months, and months.

Also thankful that this wasn't worse than it was - breaking down on the express way is never fun!


In the kitchen...
Mr. Pete made white chili, although it looks more like chicken soup.  He tried so hard to make something that was tasty but without the gluten.  We used to make crock pot white chili all the time, but all of the white chili seasoning packets at the grocery store have wheat or grain products in them.  So Mr. Pete put this together himself from scratch!

I am wearing...
My workout clothes.

I did one of my vintage Jazzercise videos from 2003 this morning and I'm feeling pretty good about it!

I am reading...

I found this in my mother's book collection, still looking it over.

I am pondering...
how odd it feels not to be having a funeral this week for my sister-in-law.  Instead Mr. Pete and his siblings all had to sign a paper and send in a copy of their photo IDs to the funeral home to allow cremation.  Then in the spring her ashes will be buried by her parents.  This time between her death and her inurnment just feels - strange, unfinished and unfamiliar.

Calvin said he was going to have a mass said for his aunt this week, which made me feel happy - happy that he thought of doing such a thing, and that the importance of praying for the dead did indeed make an impression on him.  I think if I can get a mass said too it might take away a little of the unsettled feeling that I am experiencing and it might comfort Mr. Pete a bit too.

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...
20 Years of Homeschooling!

Noah- Senior

Rosie 5th grade
Partnership Writing
Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology   -     By: Jeannie Fulbright
  • Choir- co-op
  • Art Class

One of my favorite things...

My two favorite little girls!

To get to bed earlier.  I trained my body to stay up past midnight in preparation for midnight mass. Now I can't seem to fall asleep before midnight. Goal this week is to try to be in bed by 10:30 and asleep by 11.

A quote to share...

The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education.

A picture to share...


Sam and his mini-me! who is not so mini any more!

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