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...
June 2017 005

I am thinking...

When we bought this little plot all those years ago, it had a lush backyard full of grass and Pachysandra. But then we had four little boys and all the years of playing in the back took its toll.

One year we did try to put some sod back there, but we inadvertently didn't purchase enough (figured by the square foot instead of the square yard). Now that the only little kid I have running around is my 3-year-old granddaughter, we are going to try once more to put in some grass!!

I am thankful...
for the good times we did have in that yard. It wasn't my "dream" childhood for them. I had always hoped to eventually move out to a farm in the country. But I guess it was the one God hadplanned for us.

I am pondering...
My oldest and his wife moved into their new house together - their first new home. So he is working full time, in a career he loves, married to his high school sweetheart who is also loving her new job and their lives together. This is the kind of stuff you want for your kids.

This was my kid with the reading disability, who was homeschooled through seventh grade and then went to a charter school and then trained in a hospital EMS program. A unconventional educational path- but one that suited him and that he was successful at. I'm very proud of both of them.
One of my Favorite things
Little Miss C went to a Christian Dance recital with me and Rosie yesterday. It was 3 hours long and she sat pretty still for most of it!  Today she went to the library show and made small talk with the Bubble Lady. I'm really proud of her behavior - most of the time.
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I am hearing...
the air conditioner going nonstop in this 80 degree weather.

In the kitchen...
Sesame chicken and French fries plus salad

I am wearing...
Danskin shorts and a brown T-shirt - also from Danskin.

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day with Pfilates .  My biggest goal though is to make sure that I get weight training and ab work in. I can always do the cardio but I tend to let weights, abs and stretching go and I want to make sure I don't neglect them. 
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations - no more than 15 grams of carbs per meal. I'm also attempting intermittent fasting. 
  • to do a wedding rehearsal and wedding this weekend with our new parochial Vicar. 
  • Pick out music for my new concert. Practicing Bach's Sonata in E flat. 
  • Plan my General Science class. 

I am reading...

From the Learning Rooms...

    Adobe Spark


    Reading Trumpet of the Swan and get back into the swing of running. 

    Isadora: Senior year!

    Getting ready for Izzy's party. She is also learning to drywall at the flip house. 

    A quote to share...

    “People who read too many books get quirky. We can't have too much eccentricity or it would bankrupt us. Market research depends on people behaving as if they were all alike.”
    ― John Taylor Gatto, The Underground History of American Education: An Intimate Investigation Into the Prison of Modern Schooling

    By the end of grade 9, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 9-10 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range. By the end of grade 10, read and comprehend literary nonfiction at the high end of the grades 9-10 text complexity band independently and proficiently.  Common Core State Standards Initiative 

    A picture to share...

    The only other pic I liked from my photo shoot on Saturday.
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    Videos to share - 

    These were awesome!

    Magic Cabin Birthday cakes, Cake Delivery, Bake Me A Wish