- 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.
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!