Sunday, March 01, 2009

Blog Stuff

Notice the little chat box in the sidebar. If you want to leave a quick comment, want to ask me a question, catch my attention, leave a prayer request or just chat - the box is there!

I'm looking for a spot to make little graphics of book covers. I KNOW I've seen them but can't remember the name. I'd like to have one for our family read alouds....they were books on a bookshelf....does ANYONE know what in the world I'm envisioning?

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

Oy Vey - I Messed Up Lent & a QUESTION

Astute Lent observers already know what I discovered tonight.


I guess THIS is the first Sunday of Lent and we shouldn't have lit a candle last week. But I did...and the kids KNEW that we light the next candle on Sunday (ala Advent) and so we lit TWO candles tonight. I wonder if I should have waited for Mike - he's the one with the Liturgical background. ::snort:: Oh well, our focus is precious. I loved our discussion and it was an extra treat to have Josiah (20 yo son) with us tonight.

Now a question: I told my children I'd ask on the blog because we have lots of Catholic friends and High Protestant friends who read....

In our reading tonight we were told that the 7 Sundays of Lent don't count towards the 40 days of Lent (which answered one question). Specifically we were told, "Lent is a time of thinking of Jesus' death. Every Sunday of the year is a celebration of His resurrection." Cool thought. So far so good. I have other thoughts but want to get to the question.....

One of my older sons asked, "If Sundays aren't a part of Lent does that mean you don't have to give up the thing you've given up on Sundays?" Hmmm....good question. So is there an answer in more "set Lent traditions"?

I learned today at chapel that there is a difference between days of abstinence and days of fasting. Interesting stuff. Ch. M also explained to the children what a King's Cake was and we had one for Fellowship Hour. Another new experience for me. Of course, now I need to find a recipe and figure out if there is a set day for King's Cake or if you can have it whenver you'd like.

These two don't care if I lit the wrong number of candles, more to blow out.


Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.

Weekend Recap

We relaxed.

We worked.

Stacia talked to Mike.


I solidified changes we are making for the rest of our school year.

Arielle cut out ornaments for our tree while she watched Kit.


We went to chapel.

We went to lunch.

Jamin, Jared and Arielle left for Jamin's graduation photo. It didn't come off. They'll have to do it again in a couple of week. They took Arielle out for a treat - a date if you will - who says our kids are unsocialized????

I worked on finances. I searched for money; and found it. I do not need an accounting class; I need an inbox.

Jamin and Jared took the kids to the park.

Zander randomly announces, "I bet you'd like to see my Viking book."


I downloaded transactions.

The kids played games.

Jamin and Jared went to Josiah's to chill with some friends.

I worked on finances.

We all met for our Devotional.

We had ice cream.

They are in bed.

I worked on finances.

The weekend is over! We didn't get all done that we had planned....but we lived life well.

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.


From time to time Zander will make comments about, "When I leave home," because he's had 3 older siblings leave home in the past 3 years.

Today, as we drove home from chapel he said, "Mom, when I leave, I'm going to get married."

I smiled and said, "That's a good plan, Zander."

"Yes, and then I'll be known as Mr. & Mrs. Bill Johnston," he replied. ::snort::

Choosing Joy!
©2009 D.R.G.