Thankful for: A really wonderful weekend! Yesterday we were so productive as a family! The weather was absolutely heavenly. We opened all our windows! Airing out the house makes me feel so clean and alive! We tackled a few tasks that had been piling up (literally). We're always teaching our kids the benefits of hard work and yesterday they cleaned our big van! Each week, a couple of them have the inside cleaning of the van as their 'big chore', but yesterday they all volunteered to clean the outside of the van! YAY!!! They also spent a lot of time outside just being kids. And to end the day, DH and I went to dinner and a movie. We had gift cards for both!!! We saw the movie Non-Stop! It was good. We both enjoyed the suspense! And we just needed the dinner chat and time together! Its good to be in tune with each other and be aggressive with a plan when you know you need time together. Today, we'll spend more time finishing up some of yesterdays jobs-not to really 'work' on a Sunday because whats left to be done is just putting a few things away, but in order to start the week without jobs left undone, and we'll some family time. At the end of the day we'll begin preparing for the week ahead. I love Sunday's so much!
Listening to: The Starbucks melody. Here for a bit.
Praying for: My brother and his family who are still dealing with the unknowns of where God is leading them.
Preparing for: EASTER! Lent has begun and so far it is been powerful. God is so good to want MORE of US. He loves us so intensely. By joining our suffering to His we are loving Him more beautifully. What a challenge! What a gift!
Hoping for: The continuation of motivation to keep tackling the kids closets. After the retreat I was on last weekend I've created a list of some spring/lent jobs that need to get done in order to help our household run more simply and a bit more easily. I've found the value in always doing 'these things' that help change something that wasn't working for you or your family. I'm not just talking physically either.
Talking with the kids about: Lent. It's a heavy theme right now. I'm so thankful that each child is stepping forward in his/her own faith walk. It is beautiful to witness the differences in each child's little way.
Teaching: I've been doing a bit less of that these days. Last week and this week we're just doing the basics: math, english, reading. And the rest of the day we're doing some purging. It feels sooo good!
Planning for: Our garden! Can I just tell you how excited I am for this years garden. Year 2 of our family garden is going to be fabulous! I think having 1 year under our belt will help a lot. I'll be doing a garden post this week! Follow me!?
Friday, March 07, 2014
Lent has begun!!! Are you struggling to get 'motivated' or 'do you lack ideas'? Well, today's theme is for you then. Below you will find 7 ideas we've used and all of them have worked really well for us. Maybe one will work for you? Maybe not, but the important thing to remember about Lent is that it is meant to be a time for personal spiritual growth. You have to do or NOT do what seems to be the right thing for YOU. If you don't like my ideas...I don't really care, but what I do care about is that you grow this Lent. That's is what God wants!
This book has really simple wording and works well with young children who are antsy and just need 'simple'.
Breakfast- We'll do breakfast for dinner...AKA Brinner...at least 2 times during Lent. We love quiche. We love waffles, pancakes and french toast casserole. As well as egg sandwiches. YUM! I'm hungry!
Here are some of our other well used meals: 1.Salmon or some other sort of fish (we aren't huge fish lovers, so I usually do one night of fish and then another Friday with a shrimp pasta with veggies-the kids LOVE both of these).
2. Bean Burritos-simple
3. Cheese or Veggie Pizza- or BOTH because each time we order pizza we need 3 larges. I usually save this for a busy Friday night. Like during Irish dance/St. Patricks day parades and shows.
4. Grilled Cheese and Tomato soup. Great for a chilly night.
GET THEE THERE! ; )Lastly, just want to say even if you make a small change and you're successful with that you have made Our Lord so proud. We are each at a different place in this spiritual journey. May God bless each effort you make. And may God bring you and your family closer to Him by uniting you to His suffering this Lent.
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