A WIWS post

WIWS 2-28

Many thanks to Katherine for taking the photo. Apologies for the closed eyes… for some reason I thought it would be a better idea to stand looking into the sun. Oh well ūüôā

The outfit details:
Shoes – back there behind me. It was warm out. I don’t like shoes, so they were off when we came home
{Total side note: I tend to take my WIWS photos¬†after we get home from church, since it’s usually not rushed or anything, but I find that it often leaves me shoe-less}
Skirt – Super comfy long maternity skirt that doesn’t necessarily require tights
Top – Somewhat comfy maternity top. Purple for Lent!
Sweater – Non maternity, kinda too small, but still comfy and nice enough to wear to Mass
Belly: 36 weeks 3 days

There’s also a little necklace, and if you’re looking for technicalities I wore my hair in a pony tale and under a veil during Mass.

Also for reference, I have taken a few pictures over the last few weeks, but never blogged them, so here they are:

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I know we’re already three weeks into Lent and all, and to be honest I don’t have a ton of thoughts to put out on the internet this year. I think I knew coming into this year that I wouldn’t be “doing” much. This is the first time I’ve been on this end of pregnancy for Lent and it’s come with a special sort of difficulty and much discomfort. So I’ve found myself trying to offer those things as my sacrifice this year. Taking the “easy” way out? Maybe. But this is what I can manage.

I also keep thinking about a song that was played during Advent: Almost There by Michael W Smith {link to youtube video}

The lyrics are:

Mary, full of innocence
Carrying the Holy prince
You’re almost there, you’re almost there
Mother of the Living Word
Trusting in the voice you heard
You’re almost there, you’re almost there

You’re almost where the angels see
Redemption’s plan unfolding
All hope is in the Son you’ll bear
You’re almost there

A lonely road, a willing heart
Pray for strength to do your part
You’re almost there, you’re almost there
Trust the Father to provide
Bread of heaven prophesied
You’re almost there, you’re almost there

You’re almost where the waiting ends
Delivering the life within
The answered prayer, Emmanuel
You’re almost there

You’re almost where the journey ends
Where death will die and life begins
The answered prayer, Emmanuel
You’re almost, almost there

Anyways, I’ve been thinking about this song a lot. And it’s been “real” in a sense to me because I’m nearing the end of my own pregnancy journey. Now, I’m not Mary and my baby isn’t Jesus, but the line especially¬†Where death will die and life begins¬†has been especially front and center because how much is birth like a kind of death? A passing from the womb into life. My due date is Holy Thursday, one day before Good Friday. One day before we “celebrate” the Ultimate death into life.

That’s been my “to think about” this season. And it’s not an easy one to forget about!

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Linking up with Rosie at A Blog For My Mom

What I Wore Sunday

7QTs {reading, 4 months, and Lent convos from the kids}

Oh, you know, just popping in for a few little quick takes. I found this in my drafts folder from about a month back, so apparently I started writing it and then forgot about it. So…..

 

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…I guess the reason for lack of “content”-posts is that I clearly do not plan my reading very well…..¬†I’ve been good in that I haven’t actually started more than one book, but I whoops got out two “real” (i.e. paper and ink) books from the library with in days of each other. Then I had two books become available on the eZone (one audio and the other a regular ebook) plus I had an audio version of Les Mis checked out since it has worked out to be easier to “read” that way…. and anyways, yeah, majorly disorganized over here in the reading department.

It did work a little better for the first half of the month, but not so much now.

So, hoping to just buckle down and get these books read super-duper quick before they expire.

Anyways…. moving on from books…

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I can’t decide if¬†I like the kindle or real book better. Kindle for sure for the classics, which are usually big books, but mostly I like it for the instant access to the dictionary! I don’t however like that if I want to read before bed (and that specific book is on the kindle) then I have to look at a screen.

(That was totally not moving on…)

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I know for sure that I don’t like kindle for children’s picture books. WAY too small to see the words. Even if I turn it on edge. Plus I usually end up with pictures that don’t format exactly right. So… I’ll stick to “real” books for the kids.

(Neither was that…)

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Katherine is finally getting excited about reading!!! I really think it has to do with us reading real books together (which works out to about her reading half the words and me reading half the words). I should have listened when I heard that you should have your child read real books from the beginning….

(Better…)

~5~
Baby turned 4 months!

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Let’s see…. He has his 4-month appointment next week, so I’ll have all the juicy details on weight, height, etc…

But for now:
Clothes size – 12 mo.
Mobility – none
Holding head up – check
Rolling over – trying to
Eating – ALL. THE. TIME. “boobie milk” (as termed by his siblings) and oatmeal cereal a little bit a day.
Sleeping through the night – yeah. right.
Teething – got one trying to come through
Loves – people holding him, watching his brothers and sister, eating, watching
Hates – being alone. (Seriously, the second he can’t see anyone, he melts down)

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Kids and Lent

{overheard}
Johnny: Katherine, I want to play dollhouse
Katherine: {in whiny voice} Johnny, no-oooo… You can’t play dollhouse, I gave up the dollhouse for Lent {which, BTW she¬†didn’t, either that or she has a very loose definition of “give up”… like the kind where you give it up only if you don’t want your younger brothers to play with it, but you reserve the right to play with it on your own time whenever you want}
Johnny: But I didn’t give up the dollhouse for Lent…

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Kids and Lent some more

{after seeing some cookies on the baking soda box}
Johnny: mommy, can you make some chocolate chip cookies?
Me: Not right now, honey, it’s Lent
Johnny: When is Lent done?
Me: Let’s go check the calendar and count the days (thinking something along the lines of “teaching moment”)
{check the calendar… count the days left}
Me: We have to get all the way here and then Lent will be over and it will be Easter!
Johnny: {with a huge grin} Then you can make chocolate chip cookies.
#Priorities

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Linking with Quick Takes at Kelly’s

Lent: for my little ones

Lent for my little ones

Right, folks. Lent. Just two days away. I knew it was early this year, I think I just chose to ignore thinking about it.

If we’re being honest here, I’m feeling a little overwhelmed at the thought of *doing* something more for Lent. But, at the same time I’m strongly feeling that I need to be intentional about making sure the kids start to get a better understanding of it because it’s something that hasn’t really been made all that clear.

And they “got” so much during Advent, I know they can totally get it, so it’s not their lack of understanding. It’s more my lack of being intentional about¬†teaching.

For one, I don’t want to just do something without explaining why, but there’s a part of me that feels very unsure of myself in explaining the¬†“why we do ___”. Maybe because my own knowledge still feels so new.

Alright so, Lent is a time of Prayer, Fasting and Charity… What I’ve come up with as for “goals” so far (and this will probably be it because I feel like we’ve just got somewhat settled in the last month after the craziness of the months before that…)

~Prayer~
We’re going to be doing evening prayers (vespers) from

 

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Liturgy of the Hours (4-Volume Set)

Now, I actually have the book set (have yet to learn to use it…. maybe that should be *my* Lenten resolution?), but we use the Laudate app. We’ve done this twice so far. But we’re going to make an effort to do this every evening during Lent.

~Fasting~
Apart from the mandatory Friday meat fast, we’ll be doing all sweets/desserts fasts too. In past years, I’ve done this for myself personally, but I’ve never required the kids to do it.

For myself… ummm… I haven’t thought of something I’ll be fasting personally. I am still breastfeeding Baby Z. and can just barely keep up with the calories I need to do that, so giving up a food thing isn’t really an option. (Unhealthy food though, is an option, so I’ll probably just do that with the kids.) I’ll try to think of something in the next day to fast from instead.

I also am going to try to cook as much out of our pantry as I can.

~Charity~
Usually the hardest things for me. Probably because I equate charity with money (which I know is not necessarily the case) and there is basically no extra floating around over here…¬† We don’t even use cash, so it’s hard to say just put all the change into the rice bowl…

So, I’ve been trying to think of other ways to show charity…

I think we’re going to make¬†(tomorrow, since… you know? #lastminute) and do¬†a Lenten Sacrifice Jar.

And maybe have them help with a little decluttering. ūüėČ

An interesting tidbit I picked up according to an official definition of charity:

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:  lenient judgment of others
I will work on that…

~Other things~
The Stations of the Cross, with a sensory box, we’ve done this before, but I think I tried to do it too often, so I’m going to limit it to a Friday thing.

So, here goes… Lent for them… and for me

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Make it different!

Yikes folks. Here it is already a few days into Lent and I’m still working on getting my stuff together….. *Sigh*

I’ve felt a lot that this Lent I’m supposed to be focusing on the quiet.

I’m having a hard time choosing anything specific to give up, so I decided to just let that one go in terms of food-related. I’ll give up the normal cookies, snacking and stuff, and I’ll be keeping the abstinences required by the Church, but I don’t feel particularly drawn to give up anything else. Except Facebook on my phone, it snuck back on while we were gone a few weeks ago, and while I haven’t exactly fallen back into it like I had in the past, I can tell if I keep it on, I’ll get there. So off it shall go. I’ll also be limiting my FB time in general.

While I was praying about what to “do” this Lent, the only thing I heard in reply was “Draw closer to Me”. So I think I’ll just be focusing on being more intentional about my prayer times and reading the Bible.

Also, along the lines of “being quiet” I’m going to focus on not yelling.

The “spiritual” reading I’ve chosen to do is: Sacred Space for Lent 2014, by the Irish Jesuit priests.

With the little ones
(again, still getting my act together)

We’ll be doing this calendar from Catholic Icing

Also I want to work on learning the Angelus with the kids (and I’ll be honest, I could work on it too, I mostly just stumble through it when I’m at Mass early enough to participate).

And finally, we’ll be doing a Stations of the Cross box again. We did this last year and I think it worked OK. Again, this was helpful for me to because my “Stations of the Cross” were rusty to say the least. (I initially got the idea from this site) We used one of the printouts from this site, but if I remember correctly we got a little bogged down last year with it, maybe the kids were just a little too young. So, we’ll try again this year. I also would like to take them to at least on Stations of the Cross service at Church.

I also would like to cover our crosses and crucifixes, but I need to go get find some purple cloth first.

This is also the first year that I’m having the kids participate in giving up cookies, candies and treats (at least at home, they spend a few hours a week with Papa and they have him wrapped so tightly around their finger that they may end up with a few “sneak ins”).

And that about wraps up the “Activity” portion.

It doesn’t seem like much when I look at it, but I keep trying to remember the words our Priest spoke on Ash Wednesday I think it was. He challenged us to just in some way make this time different than the other seasons. Even if it was just a little thing. Make it different. Set it apart. This doesn’t sound huge, but for me where I am right now, this second, this is what I need to hear and this is what I’m focusing on.

I expect the little ones back home any minute with the neighbor kids, so I must run.

This post is part of the Keep LOVE in Lent link up over at Catholic Bloggers Network (link in the photo below)

 Keep Love in Lent 2014

Lovely blogs hosting the event:

  Equipping Catholic Families (Monica)

 Campfires and Cleats (Chris)
 Truly Rich Mom  (Tina)
A Slice of Smith Life (Tracy)