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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I am thinking...
About the weekend, the funeral, and all of my in-laws who came together for that event. It was wonderful to see everyone and to be in touch with them, and it was also heartbreaking to say good bye again, knowing that we won't see each other again until another wedding, or a funeral.
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I am thankful...

to have married into such a warm and wonderful family.


In the kitchen...

No clue. I'm guessing roasted chicken with salad.

I am wearing...
Black capris, black T shirt and black cover up.

I am reading...



Awesome book- that I am going to incorporate into Izzy's health class next year - chock full of good advice and examples.

I am pondering...
at the end of her life, my sister-in-law Irene, asked her sister, if she thought she had been good enough to go to heaven.

I have been thinking about that a lot. Irene was raised Catholic, baptized, confirmed, and received the sacrament of Penance. But she rejected her Catholic faith as an adult. She didn't go to church and she didn't practice any other belief. She did pray with us as a family at the reunions, and she did say the rosary with her own sister when she was dying. But other than that, as far as we can tell, she wasn't practicing any other faith. She did work as an ICU nurse, and she was very good at that - comforting the sick and caring for the dying are very Christian acts of love and mercy. She was also very generous with her family, especially her younger siblings.

Wishing to go to Heaven is choosing NOT to go to hell. So it is my belief that in this Year of Mercy, we can have hope of meeting again someday in Purgatory, as we complete our pilgrimages towards Heaven.

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...

In the homestretch now!  World History will be over this week- (Although the AP test is May 12!)
20 Years of Homeschooling!

Noah- Senior


Izzy-Junior

Rosie 5th grade
Partnership Writing



One of my favorite things...

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While in Michigan, we stopped by the cemetery to pay our respects to my grandparents and uncle. As per usual, we couldn't find them, although we were pretty close. We kept forgetting exactly which section they were in. So when we finally did find them, Rosie posed in the form of an X so that from this time forward, we will always remember that they are buried in section X!

Another favorite thing...
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A quote to share...

…it never occurs to Sir William Joynson-Hicks that…Purgatory may exist whether he likes it or not. If it be true, however incredible it may seem, that the powers ruling the universe think that a politician or a lawyer can reach the point of death, without being in that perfect ecstasy of purity that can see God and live- why then there may be cosmic conditions corresponding to that paradox, and there is an end of it. It may be obvious to us that the politician is already utterly sinless, at one with the saints. It may be evident to us that the lawyer is already utterly selfless, filled only with God and forgetful of the very meaning of gain. But if the cosmic power holds that there are still some strange finishing touches, beyond our fancy, to put to his perfection, then certainly there will be some cosmic provision for that mysterious completion of the seemingly complete. The stars are not clean in His sight and His angels He chargeth with folly; and if He should decide that even in a Home Secretary there is room for improvement, we can but admit that omniscience can heal the defect that we cannot even see.

G.K. Chesterton

A picture to share...


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Mr. Pete and his entire family, circa 1968.





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