Is anyone else looking to Easter with great anticipation? This Lent has left me exhausted and I'm somewhat nervous to find out what the intensification of Lent through Holy Week will bring. So will you forgive my lack of blogging prowess and accept this meager recap of some Holy Week resources, favorite links, recent going-ons, answers to Kendra's questions, all set to some lovely photos of our Saturday at the park? This post might be a bit too busy, just like me.
Holy Week resources:
In Defense of Fanny Price: Why You Don't Like Mansfield Park as Much as You Should (Carrots for Michaelmas) - I read Mansfield Park as part of a book group both Haley and I are a part of and after reading this post, found myself liking Fanny (and MP).
What to Say Instead of Praising (Aha! Parenting) - I made a chart out of the "instead of"/"try" phrases and it resides on our fridge. I am so ready to quit with the "Good job!" ad nauseum.
Age-Appropriate Chores for Children (Flanders Family) - I'm quite tickled that "bake cookies" is listed as a chore and that Lucia is old enough to carry firewood.
For when you're having an "I'm not enough" week (Lisa-Jo Baker) - Encouragement for moms in the trenches.
The Bookish Mum: Reading to Feed Your Soul and Intellect (Fountains of Home) - The first post in an exciting new series by Christy.
Stop Saying God is Good (Miss Elainious) - God's goodness is not conditional. Period.
A Man of Peace: Fr. Fans van der Lugt, SJ (The Jesuit Post) - Lessons from the life of a Jesuit killed while caring for the people of Homs, Syria.
Why You Should Never, Ever, Ever Get a Tattoo (but Having a Baby is Fine) (the ugly volvo) - Your laugh for the week. You're welcome. (In case your wondering, my formal stance is both pro-tattoo and pro-baby though resoundingly anti-baby tattoos.)
Lucia threw a pair of panties into the pew in front of us at Mass yesterday. So, that happened.
Lucia always says, "What's this guy?" when asking what anything is. A shoe on the floor: "What's this guy?" Daddy gets home: "What's this guy?"
She also calls inanimate objects "little guy". As in, "Don't worry, little guy. I protect you." (said to a wooden spoon)
She calls the one year old I watch twice a week, Mary Margaret, "Little Buddy", "Pal" and even says, "Mary Margaret is my sister. Come here, sister."
Her favorite new lovey is "sugar bear". Nope, not a cute nickname, it's an actual clay brown sugar bear pilfered from my kitchen. The success of the enormous toy industry is amazing considering that children rarely play with actual toys.
My parents will be here on Good Friday! They helped us move out here (the first time we moved here in July 2012) and my mom came out here for a week to help me after Lucia was born, so this is the first time they'll be here without being put to work.
We started learning Creighton (a method of NFP) in an attempt to find and fix the causes of our miscarriages a few weeks ago. It's gone pretty well so far. I had my first follow-up this week and my instructor thought I seemed to know what I was doing. There was a little part of me that was afraid of flunking out. Not like that a possibility but I'm the queen of weird irrational phobias.
1. What time do you prefer to go to Mass? 10:45 on Sunday morning. We get to sleep in late, David usually makes a big breakfast (early enough for us to still have an hour fast before Mass), and Lucia does much better than the Sunday evening Mass. (Panty toss was at the Sunday 5:30pm Mass.) A fun bonus is that this seems to be the Mass where all the parishioners we know attend.
2. Would you rather be too hot or too cold? I may be one of the only people who thinks living in Phoenix sounds like a good idea. I love hot hot hot weather. I HATE being cold.
3. How many brothers and/or sister do you have? I have one brother five years younger than me. Fun fact: I remember people always telling my parents how cute it was that we called each other "brother" and "sis". We still do.
4. If you were faced with a boggart, what would it turn into? Nancy Pelosi? I'm totally not saying that to get political; the pictures of her with her "crazy eyes" that make the rounds on the web give me nightmares.
5. Barbie: thumbs up or thumbs down? Big thumbs up! I had tons as a kid. I'm not opposed to Lucia playng with them if she wants, but the poor girl is going to have to get by hand-me-downs with the misshapen heads. (When your brother pulls the head off and you try to put them back on, they never look the same. They're always a bit more smooshed and round.) To make up for the weird heads, I do have some neat clothes sewn by one of my grandmothers. She passed away when I was in high school, so she never got to meet Lucia and I think it will be neat to watch Lucia play with the Barbie clothes she made.
6. If someone asked you to give them a random piece of advice, what would you say? Don't talk badly about your spouse to anyone. Just don't.
|a birthday party photo bombed us|
Finish out Lent strong, my friends. Don't get caught Lent-handed!