The kids are outside playing today - - what great weather! It was windy and colder yesterday, so this is a nice treat! Even Daniel is out running around, which gives me a few moments to post here.
I was playing around yesterday on Picasa 3 making collages. I was encouraged by this posting on Skip to My Lou, one of my favorite crafting sites. The pictures on the blog header are from our beach trip back in May. Love the one of Daniel smiling.
Our family typically comes up with a family sacrifice during Lent, in addition to personal sacrifices. In the past, it has been giving up television (which we cannot really do now since we don't subscribe to satellite anymore) or computer. I am not sure about your family, but in our house, name calling and bad feelings have been problems from time to time. So, we decided to chuck a bad habit this year (working on the virtue of charity in speech) rather than give up something. To give us more incentive to work on the virtue of charity, I purchased some purple bingo markers (hey, have to keep with the season) and put them in a jar. Each marker is worth five cents. A momentary lack of charity costs the offender two markers - or ten cents. To make up for the lapse, a good deed may be performed, which will add one marker, or five cents, back to the jar. (This reminds us how hurtful our words are and how much harder it is to apologize and make up for our lack of charity.) The amount of markers in the jar at the end of Lent is going to be our Rice Bowl donation this year. I know, we really should not be subtracting from the Rice Bowl, but we set a goal to donate $20 this year and hopefully, if we are careful in speech, we can do just that!
My dear friend, Judy, over at Ben Makes Ten, assured me that it wasn't too late to "bury our Alleluia." She said that she knows someone who doesn't actually bury it, but instead turns it around, and then on Easter, the banner gets turned back around so you can see the Alleluia. I loved this idea. The only problem is: I didn't have an Alleluia banner. The solution here is to make one, right? Catholic Icing has a link to letters that she had used for their banner. Since I was simply turning it around, I decided that it would be fun to have a message for Lent on the other side. So, I added the word Penance to the other side to remind us of the season.
As part of our Lenten Journey, I have also added a few movies to our collection.
The Reluctant Saint - This is an old black and white movie about St. Joseph of Cupertino. You feel sorry for him, but realize how child-like, simple and faith-filled he was. Everyone, including my oldest son, enjoyed this one!
Perpetua: Early Church Martyr - To be fair, this is not the video I thought I ordered (that one is here). This one is an hour long, rather than the half-hour animated one, and it sounded as if it was more like a documentary. However, I will say that Jenna had no complaints and Andrea said some of the pictures were absolutely beautiful. I will be sitting down to watch it as her and St. Felicity's Feast Day (March 7th) approaches.
The Adventures of the Apostle Paul for Children - I wish I would have seen this here, rather than buying it at the Catholic shop near by OB's office. It is on sale for $7.99. I haven't watched this yet, but am looking forward to it. It runs about a half hour.
I have also added the CCC DVD's for St. Patrick and The Day the Sun Danced. These have been treasured on VHS for years in our family, and while I cannot quite afford to replace the VHS tapes all now, I am hoping to replace them a little at a time. Daniel has watched The Day the Sun Danced (Bl. Francisco and Bl. Jacinta's feast day was last week - Feb 20). I am hoping to save the Saint Patrick one for closer to St. Patrick's Day!
Hope you all are having a blessed Lenten season!