Thursday, March 27, 2014

7 Quick Takes - Lenten times

photo from one of the  pinterest boards listed below
Lent and Spring
It's turning out to be a wonderfully beneficial lent despite some of our fumbles. 
On a family trip last Friday as we were basking in the company of family members we don't get to see but every few months, we all cheerfully, socially took ourselves to a Chinese restaurant and proceeded to blithely eat teriyaki beef, honey chicken, and even desert.  We realized the next morning that we had broken Lenten sacrifices  - and on a Friday in lent.
I suppose some (maybe most?) people would say you have to be crazy to admit to liking lent.  But, I'm a rebel in areas like this so I'll say that I love lent.  I love the stretching I feel take place in myself and this year is really making it sting.  But there's joy in it, as only God can make happen.
However, I think easily everyone joins me in welcoming Spring this year!
Thank God for the Seasons.
Lenten Pinterest Boards  I am loving...
Spring Break/Spring Cleaning
I always begin Spring cleaning when we are home from school for spring break.  Some years I am more successful that other years.  This year was a good one. 
*First, I pulled out my clipboard with my cleaning list. 
*Secondly, I pulled the bucket of cleaning supplies (that I love!) out and checked for good gloves. 
*Third, I put on music. 
The weather was beautifully, lusciously spring like so I wanted to get us out of the house in the afternoons. Each morning, save one, I gave the kids their tasks right after breakfast and I got busy tackling mine.  In the end, I cleaned a storage shed, two closets, took 10 big bags to Goodwill, and the van got a once over that makes it look like humans travel in it now.
I like to be able to clean
Again, I'm a bit of a rebel in admitting to this. ~smile~ And I enjoy laundry.  I don't enjoy the constancy of either so much, but I  have found ways to enjoy the tasks themselves when I've set myself up for success - which usually means having the supplies I like, and the products I like.  Which is why I loved Rachel Balducci's post on laundry.
Babies are a gift - even when they're not yours
God bless little Jett and London
I became an aunt again (for the 17th and 18th times) on St. Patrick's day.  My cute, cute, cute little niece and nephew were born. Both are thriving at a bouncing 5 lbs. each which I will proudly mention is a very good birth weight for twins.  They are my youngest sisters' first two children which still throws me since I practically half raised her :)  So, we packed up the van and headed to sunny Oklahoma to see them last Friday and hold those babies.  It was a fun weekend trip, hence our forgetting lent on Friday night.
And my sis still looks like a beauty (maybe more so) after giving birth to her sweet babies.
Speaking of babies...
My own "babies", also twins, are receiving their first sacrament of reconciliation on Sunday.   I thrill over these kinds of milestones in their faith lives and just thank God so much for our rich faith.
Evangelizing can be Easy
If you actually talk to your kids in public apparently it draws attention and is seen as a radical form of behavior.  We stopped in for ice cream last Sunday after Mass, and like always we chatted our way through our treat.  We were approached twice by people telling us how nice it was to see a family talking and enjoying each other with not an electronic device in sight.  I hadn't even thought about it because at home it's a given that if we're at the table there are no devices allowed.  But one man even said he wanted to start trying that with his children.  I felt awesomely surprised that we had shown something of a good example to the public.  Who knew? 
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  1. I LOVE that centerpiece you posted at the top of your QTs! I have a grapevine wreath ("crown of thorns") with a little votive candle sitting on my table, but this one is so much more dramatic. I may have to replicate it for Holy Week or something!

    I didn't know you have twins! I do, too!! Boy-girl! They are 6 and in Kindergarten.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and writing the nicest comments! I have added you to my bloglovin' feed, so I will remember to come and visit you more frequently! (If it's not in my feed, I lose track of all the lovely blogs I enjoy visiting! ;-)

  2. Thanks for visiting here Sarah! See? The twin thing? We are kindreds ;)

    I need to set myself up with a feed reader, I really do. I hear it's a much easier way to follow favorite blogs. I'll look into that.