Beginning Lent: My Heart's at Home Daybook

Outside My Window ...
It's bright and beautiful but very cold.
I am listening to...
Mike and Karoline watching Little Einsteins and eating breakfast in bed. Somebody will have to break it to them soon that it's Monday.
To Live the Liturgy...
Big week! We'll celebrate Shrove Tuesday with waffles and lots of whipped cream for dinner and King Cake for tea time. Tomorrow will be devoted to some serious reflection on Lent and what it holds for us. Ash Wednesday is for Mass and ashes. I'm certain my children will tune into Around the Horn at 5 eastern time on ESPN--they love to see that Tony Reali, the host, wears his ashes on the air. On Wednesday, we'll hide the "Alleluia" mantel letters and make firm our Lenten resolutions. We'll also begin our new prayer routine (more on that tomorrow if Sarah Anne allows me time).
To Breathe Deeply...
Several people asked about my workout. I've been doing the T-Tapp Basic workout, which was just perfect coming off bedrest and a c-section. This week, I'm planning on alternating the Basic Workout with the Walking Workout.

Towards rhythm and beauty ...
Lent has a rhythm of its own and there is beauty in the sobriety of the season.

I am thankful for ...
"normal" Sundays--the kind where Dad is home and not traveling for work or soccer. We had one of those rare treats yesterday. It felt like a vacation (and I worked here at home all day).
From the kitchen ...
 The Lenten menu plan is up at Kitchen Comforts. I'll link to recipes today (or I'll get Mary Beth to work on it. I'll update here when I've finished--thanks for all your interest. It's fun to brainstorm and share with all of you!)

I am wearing ...
 black knit pants, a white tee shirt with a pink cardigan, pink pearl earrings and my St. Anne medal necklace. Well, actually, not yet--but I will be after I workout.
I am creating ...
a Lenten prayer corner.
  On my iPod...
Hail Mary, Gentle Woman. Ever since it came up on this thread (and this and this), I've been listening every morning, in order to get the song stuck in my head for the rest of the day, and so to inspire gentleness in myself.

Towards a real education ...
I do apologize! I went to link to the Westward Expansion booklist and realized I never published it. Check back on that later today (blushing furiously and claiming baby brain. We've been using it all along--I just forgot to hit "publish."
Bringing beauty to my home ...
I am always inspired to deep clean and ce-clutter during Lent. It never fails. This year will be a bit challenging, I think, becaue this baby truly wants me to hold her 24/7--but I'll mddle through as best I can and let you know if I discover anything interesting or inspiring along the way. 
I am reading  ...
For Lent
With Christian:
Before I Go: Letters to My Children About What Really Matters

With Patrick:
Because God is Real

With the others:
St. Patrick's Summer

For me:
The Gift of Faith, recommended on Faith and Family Live! This book very well may be the best book on faith I've ever read (I'm not finished yet).It's written simply enough to be readable even in translation. It incorporates Scripture,sacrament, Tradition, and the wisdom of the saints to offer a fresh perspective on the spiritual life. I started it during Advent and then lost the book. It "just appeared" on the theology shelf in my library closet yesterday when I was looking for something else. perfect timing for Lent!

I am hoping ...
for a peaceful productive week that will set the tone for the entire Lenten season
Around the house ...
the goal is to maintain our newly found sense of peace and order (still). This is the intention I bring to St.Anne every morning. She is such a faithful intercessor.
One of my favorite things ...
a content baby. Oh! I so love a content baby! 
A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
The plan for this week is to stick to the plan: the meal plan, the lesson plan, the housekeeping plan, the workout plan. In order to do that, I plan to stick closely to the prayer plan.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing~

She looks right at me and she smiles. "Sarah will so what Sarah will do when Sarah is ready to do it. And She'll Do It--in her own time." Thanks for your prayers. 

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