We have begun the Lenten journey – the annual “pilgrimage” towards Holy Week and Easter Sunday! The purpose of Lent, as observed by many Western Christians at least, is for a time of prayer, repentance, reflection and self denial. Sounds like a blast, right? Then after 6 weeks, we reach the culmination – the remembrance of Jesus’ death and burial on Good Friday. Many churches will commemorate this day with a somber, almost funeral-like service. This Lenten journey begins with Ash Wednesday.
It had been a particularly stressful day. Work was busy, I was tired and nothing seemed to go my way. My poor little Lea had stayed home sick with a fever and cough. Her dad stayed home so I could go to work, which was great. So fortunate he has the flexibility to do that! But I didn’t feel well myself, and I would have loved to stay home instead of staring at my computer screen all day. Continue reading
We went out to dinner recently, just the four of us. My husband sat with our 6-year-old. They had a wonderful time talking, playing games and coloring the kids menu. I sat with our 2-year-old. I spent my time cutting up food, asking her repeatedly to just sit still, and attempting to figure out why she had taken her shoes off. I found myself looking ahead eagerly to the day when both kids were easy – wishing away ages 2 and 3! Continue reading
My daughter, like most 2-year-olds I’m sure, is very particular about which stuffed toy she has, and which blanket we bring along or have in bed at night. Trying to get her dolls through the washer is a disaster! She will inevitably request that particular doll at bedtime and freak out when I tell her she can’t have it! Continue reading