Skip to main content

Lenten Plans

Lent is my favorite Liturgical season.  I really like to set specific traditions for each season for the family.  This year, our plans are very similar to what we did last year.  I loved the prayers we prayed and the books we read last year, so I want to continue with that.

- Prayer: At the start of the school day the boys and I will light the Way of Light Wreath that is pictured above and can been seen at Ann Voskamp's blog. We will 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.

I have been working hard to make it to daily mass once a week so far, but will do so this Lent.  It is a great habit to be in.  

Fasting: My oldest has decided to give up Legos for Lent.  This is HUGE since he spends lost of his free time building Lego creations.  So, we boxed them up this morning and they have been put away for the next 40 days.  The other boys, by default, have given up Legos too!

I am giving up chocolate for Lent.  It is such a huge weakness for me and I love to splurge on eating chocolate after a long run.  This will be especially hard since our neighbor brought over chocolate suckers for the whole family yesterday (and mine is milk and dark chocolate. I LOVE THESE!!).  But, I packed them away and committed to saving them until until after my marathon (which, thankfully  is on a Sunday).  Other than that Sunday, this is a fast I will maintain even on Sundays.

I have also decided to give up bread/gluten completely.  Although I eat significantly less of it since the beginning of the year, I still splurge and eat gluten while eating and friends' homes or out at a restaurant.  But not, this Lent.

Finally, my hubby and I have decided to give up TV.  We do not watch much as it is, but the TV will not be on during Lent.

Alms giving: Although we have not talked about this a lot as a family, my heart is leading toward giving to groups that work with orphans around the world.  They just have a special place in my heart right now.  I would also LOVE to find an age-appropriate service project for the whole family . . . . we will see.

Have a blessed Lent!


  1. Blessed Lent!
    Thank you for the book suggestions.

  2. I'm really touched by the traditions that you are sharing with your boys. Having grown up with little to no spiritual guidance, I have loved that my kids have known God and had a strong sense of Him from the beginning of their lives. Such joy! ....and I'm crazy impressed that you're giving up tv!

  3. I am in love with the Way of Light wreath, that is positively brilliant. thanks for giving us a link!


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

The Gift (Our NFP story) Part 2

(You can read  Part 1 here

     So, by the time Andrew was 18 months old, we knew God was saying no to having more children at the time.  And, as mentioned before, He provided so much peace about it, that we knew we had discerned correctly.  Yet, even with that peace, I had to mourn the fact the we might not ever have any more children.  Yes, we were still open to life, of course, but from the time after Andrew’s birth, until today, we practiced NFP faithfully to avoid pregnancy.  And it took time to accept that we might not have any more children.  There were times when I would hold a friend’s new born baby and then go home and cry because I knew I might not ever know the joy of holding my own baby again.  We live in a community where life is celebrated and families are large.  Usually more than one friend is pregnant at a time.  In those early days, each pregnancy announcement was met with great joy for the friend, but often left me with an empty feeling.  I understood, in many way…

My verse for the year

But now, O LORD, You are our Father, We are the clay, and You our potter; And all of us are the work of Your hand.   Isaiah 6:48

There are boxes being unpacked in our home.  Boxes packed and meant to be unpacked in a different home, our new home, in a matter of two weeks.  

About two weeks before Christmas things changed.  Situations changed.  And what we were convinced was God's will just months before, seemed so unlike it now.  Things beyond our control happened and suddenly we were praying and we felt that the best and only solution was to walk away from this new house.  And at the end of  a week of uncertainty, anxiety and tension, once the decision was made to walk away from the house, there was a great deal of peace.   But, as the dust settles from the decision, even though we know it is the best for everyone involved, there is still sadness, still this sense of loss.  As we have prayed again and again, we know each of all of the steps we have made in this whole house journey …

Yonanas and a yummy protein chocolate peanut butter ice cream

I have to admit, I have a sweet tooth.  A big sweet tooth.  I blame it on genetics.  My dad loves sweets and I think my grandmother, his mother, subsisted only on foods that contained sugar.  But, when you are working on eating healthy and bringing the whole family along with you, things like ice cream, cookies and cakes have to replaced by something better.

So, when Lena from JOYfilled family posted about the Yonanas she got, I wanted to try it!  Yonanas makes "ice cream" from frozen bananas.  I have heard of making "ice cream" this way before and I have tried it in our blended, but it usually came out quite liquidy.  So, when we got a gift card for Amazon, I knew exactly what I wanted to buy.

I have used the Yonanas several times and I love it!!  The consistency of the "ice cream" is very smooth, light and creamy.  My 4 year old, who is a very picky eater, loves his new "ice cream."  Now, my older boys could not be fooled . . . they immediatel…