Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Goodbye Dr Pepper and Chocolate~ Hello Tradition and Sacrificial Grace! 5 Amazing Lenten Posts #5faves

Journeying to the same destination.....entering the dark night of the soul. 
Same season, same "rules," same goals. 
Different approaches. 
Forty seven days of austere. Of sacrifice. Of forfeiture.
Heck, let's face it. Forty seven days of renouncing Dr Pepper? 
Now that's self denial....for me. For you? Maybe not so much.
 Lent isn't the season of How-To-Be-Perfect, 
but rather the season of
Sixteen years ago on Shrove Tuesday 1999, I miscarried our first child.
All there was for months, let alone the lenten season, was emptiness.
Darkness, tears, black, confused nothingness.
My mom told me I'd "suffered enough." Giving up chocolate, she asked....
Well, what's the point after you lose a child?
Isn't that ample sacrifice?
But really.......the choice to enter the desert.....
 to willingly give, offer, reject is our decision....or not.
And maybe that year, maybe any year,
  the path to do more or different is better than doing less.
Than denying oneself.
It may be hard to discern the gentle and the perfect-for-me through our desire to attempt The Best and The know?
Of course, you do.
So that being said, if you are looking for one or two, or even a
few  meaningful activities to add into your family's repertoire of 
liturgical year traditions this Lenten season, you've landed at  a treasure trove today!
I'm so so so happy to share my five favorite Lenten blog posts~

So let's get started with the fun, the inspiration and the wealth of tradition:


Tracy, of A Slice of Smith Life, shares in
absolutely everything you need from 
 magnetic stations of the cross
 to  lenten chains to Holy Week Happenings!
 Tracy, I think we'll all be over for your Good Friday lunch!! 

~ TWO ~ 

Birgit also discusses her Eggstraordinary Rosary Project and 
 a fun Stations of the Cross activity....
Do. Not. Miss. This!!


is a  fun, easy  and  gorgeous way  for kids to make the 14 stations their own!
And friends, while I'm sharing Monica's ingenuity, 
 don't miss clicking over to her brand new 

Monica is the mastermind behind Equipping Catholic Families and
really, the creativity that bursts from her blog is unreal!


If you're looking for inspiration, quotes, a peek at family liturgical culture,
Emily of Our Home, Under Mary's Mantle
shares a warm, welcoming round up of traditions and reflections
When you read one of Em's blog posts, you're instantly rejuvenated, as if you've shared 
a cup of tea and a long chat.
That's how  casual, yet charming,  her style. 

Last but not least, Jennifer of Catholic Inspired, has created a phenomenal 47 page

which contains a Bible reading for each day during Lent as well as beautiful artwork as we travel through Jesus's life.
Sounds amazing, right?
To make our walk through Jesus' life even more real, Jen is including her Jesus Tree printables and info, depicting scenes from the life of our Lord.
Look  how stunning Jen's family's tree is:

So this would technically make my post SIX faves, not five....
but I have to add in my mega Lent post from last year, which is a round up of so many activities that my kids have done throughout the years,.....


The boys worked diligently on these projects
 and we actually keep them up year round as 
solid, tangible symbols  of our Faith....and of their they grow older!

Come back next week ( and for several weeks after ) for my five fave
 Doctor Who moments, season by season.
Hey, Doctor Pepper may be off limits, but  Whovian wit and epic,
wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey, well........... stuff ?
 I think we're good. And please click this link if you're in the dark.
That'll clear it all up. Sort of.

Much love  and peace to you all this lent~~!!

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  1. Wow! Some wonderful ideas here for Lent. We do a Kind Words Cross, a good deeds jar and will definitely incorporate some of these ideas! Great post!

    1. Yes! Lisa, I do remember you sharing your Kind Words Cross from years gone by! What great ideas.....

      Thanks friend, for stopping over and for your encouragement..great to "see" you!!

  2. Thank you Chris, for mentioning me. You are such a dear!
    Listen, the link goes to a different post, so I mentioned in my post where your peeps can find it.
    I hope that is ok.
    Love & Hugs.

    1. Hi there EM~ Thx for letting me know: it only took a sec to fix :)
      LOVE love your lenten ideas......awesome post, friend.

      Appreciate your visit!! Thanks!

  3. Thank you Chris for the link love! :) So many great ideas for Lent! I'm pinning this post for sure! Blessed Lent to you!

    1. Ooh, that's great--thanks for pinning!!

      So happy you stopped oer, Tracy---you have some amazing ideas in your lenten post, as always!! "See" you soon!

  4. Thanks for sharing such a personal story and for sharing ideas for Lent. Thanks for sharing at the This Is How We Roll Link Party on Organized 31.

    1. I'm loving your Thursday hop, Susan!! Thanks for stopping by and saying HI!!!

      Have a great weekend!

  5. Chris,

    We've got our bean jar on our family altar for personal sacrifices, but I can see there's plenty of other wonderful ideas that would help make our Lent a time of spiritual growth. Thank you for sharing all these posts!

    1. A bean jar sounds like a wonderful idea SUe! I love that!
      Some of these projects are nice and simple--no frills---so you never know, adding in a new one might work well! I;m sp happy you came by to visit the lent share....

      Thanks SUe! I always LOVe your visits!

      "See" you soon!

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    1. Thanks Jenna, for your kind words....appreciate your visit!!

  7. SO many great ideas. I think sometimes it is easy to get overwhelmed in them and end up doing nothing.

    Funny thing about the desert is that we can spend time trying to avoid it and eventually it will find us.

    Thanks for linking up to the 40 Days of Seeking Him meme this week. I hope you'll keep coming back to share and read what others are writing.

    1. Oh my gosh, I so agree, Laura! It can be overwhelming! We're keeping it super simple this Lent...

      Yes! Love your thoughts on the true! No matter what it does find us!
      Laura thanks for stopping over and for your kindness! I'll def be back to your blog to read more of the 40 days links!


  8. Such a great list of resources! And, you are so correct - the choice to enter the desert is our choice. God believes in free will. I would hope we would all choose to suffer just a little bit for the love Christ showed us. But, unfortunately, not everyone is ready or prepared!

    1. Agreed! ( about being ready and being able to embrace the suffering! )
      Yes, I love these resources! SO many talented and creative bloggers out there dreaming up amazing activities to celebrate the season!

      Thanks for stopping by ANni!


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