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Lenten Plans

I am a bit behind in posting this.  I have been meaning to write this up, but I feel like I have writer's block and cannot put any words together eloquently right now. 

I have been excited for Lent to come.  It is such a great time to refocus and realign priorities.  I have prayed a lot about what I wanted to do personally and as a family.  I was blessed enough to go on a retreat just a week before the start of Lent, so I could really focus on how to make this Lent prayerful.  So, this is what I am going and we are doing as a family:

- We have given up TV.  The boys are allowed to watch any Saint's videos or Veggie Tales videos sparingly.  My husband and I will only watch one TV show a week. 

- The boys have given up computer games for Lent.

- The family has given up sweets for Lent.

- Prayer: At the start of the school day the boys and I light the Way of Light Wreath that is pictured above and can been seen at Ann Voskamp's blog. We read from A Family Journey with Jesus through Lent (which is perfect for younger children). And then we pray the stations of the cross using The Story of the Cross: The Stations of the Cross for Children.  The boys have really enjoyed this prayer time so far.

-Prayer: I am continuing to pray Liturgy of the Hours in the morning.  All books I am reading are of a spiritual nature (except for my marathon book!).  And, I am going to attempt to take the boys to daily mass once a week.  That one continues to be a struggle for me because my youngest can be difficult at mass and I think it may be better for me just to stay home than to get frustrated 90% of the time I got to daily mass.

- The boys made the Crown of Thorns today at co-op, so they will be practicing small sacrifices and doing charitable deeds to remove the thorns from the crown before Easter.

- And, although I have already struggled with this one: I will only be viewing other blogs and commenting once a week.  This is the place that I have found I can tend to waste the most time, so I am going to limit it this Lent.  I will still be blogging, so please continue to stop by!

Have a Blessed Lent Everyone!


  1. I LOVE the Lent wreath. I have been thinking about how we were going to watch Jesus travel through Lent as a family as our Baby/Babies get bigger and born. What a cool idea. Might just have to purchase for next year.!!!!

  2. Oh thank you for reminding me about the crown! I'm going to make one!

  3. I am finding the Lent/Advent wreath on a lot of places! I think it's a must have!

    I like your book selections (marathon too, you really have to have the inspiration). At times my hubby & I have picked one tv program a week. Was nice b/c we were forced to focus on us. Sad but true. :)

    So with you on computer time! :)

    Looks like you are going to have a great Lenten season!

    In Christ,



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