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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The Last Day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month



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Today is the last day of October and the final day of Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. Sixteen years ago today I went into labor with my 6th baby at 23 weeks. He was born still into his father's hands in our home. 

I wrote our story in five parts:
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Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5

A few weeks ago I went to my doctor's office to make an appointment about my ongoing knee problems. I wanted to make sure that I could get into see him before the busy holiday season. The closest appointment they had was on November 1. 

I took the appointment card thinking, "Something is going on November 1. What am I forgetting?" 

A minute later I remembered that it was All Saints Day and that I would probably have to play for a mass that day or on the eve before. But it was on the way home that it hit me - it was also Raphael's birthday. 

I have read a lot of really raw and sad stories this month from women who have had fresh losses, or whose babies have passed within the past five years or so. I just want to let those moms know that the pain does lessen. The raw grief will disappear. A decade and a half later maybe the awful date will even escape you for a bit. 




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Yet while I write that I also am aware that I'm a little more emotional this time of year. Maybe it's the change of seasons. Maybe it's the end of cross country competition for my kids. Maybe it's the daunting Christmas season ahead. But maybe it's also that I remember the little grave out in Holy Cross Cemetery that I'll need to visit sometime this week with flowers and a prayer. 






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To all the moms grieving this month, remember this is just a season of your life. It will pass with time. Here are 10 Things I'd Like You to Know.  See also my pregnancy loss page here. 




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