Really, my absence is excusable. It really is. Life has a way of grabbing hold of me and not letting go! Time really is not my own, though I often find myself kicking against the goad, trying to make it my own. This rarely has good results!
Since last November, things have seen pretty nonstop and hectic. We took a trip to see Son#1 (and big brother!) for his homecoming from Iraq. Wonderful, wonderful thing to do! I will always treasure that time, and especially that one moment when I first put my arms around him. Shortly after returning home, my husband came home for just over 2 weeks leave from Iraq. He was here for Thanksgiving and it was wonderful! About a week after that, Son#1 came home on leave for 30 days! Then it was Christmas and New Year and getting back into the swing of a few things. Back to homeschooling, back to homeschool “things” back to getting on with life in general. Thrown in there we find my youngest, Son#3, was sick several times with a variety of colds, viruses, allergies and infections.
Ordinary times seems to have just begun and now it is nearly over. Lent is fast approaching!As Lent approaches, I am thinking of all the ways I’d like to observe it. I would like to make BIG plans. There are so many things I can give our Lord, so many ways to exercise self-discipline, moderation and sacrifice. It is overwhelming to think of it, really. I have determined only one thing and I suppose if I only do that one thing, it will be good, but it is a thing to do, not a thing to give up. I really believe that giving up, self-denial in a physical, tangible sense is so important, especially during Lent. I guess I’ll just have to pray some more about it.
I love the Stations of the Cross beads now available. There are few choices out there. The EWTN catalog has one that is kind of neat. (though I know I’ve seen it cheaper elsewhere)
I have one that is different than this. I plan to take a picture of it and share it here… but you know how that often goes…..
I am knitting quite a bit these days as I have things that need to be done SOON! Some within a few days, others I have more time with, but must plug along so I can avoid the last minute time crunch. I’m still planning out my Christmas knitting. Don’t want to get caught empty handed again!
Well, there are a whole lot of words (448!) without really saying much. Sorry about that!