How’s your Lent going? The first weekend of Lent, I went on retreat, thanks to Daniel who watched the kids so I could attend (I came home every so often to nurse Baby Gwen). It was so wonderful and I discovered my patron saint (or, rather, she found me.) Today I’m over at Catholic Exchange sharing all about that experience. It’s a much more personal post than I usually write for CE. So, if you want read a post from my heart head on over.
Look at this little gingersnap’s giggly grin. Can you even?
I went to spiritual direction at the retreat (first time doing it) and that was a very wonderful experience, too. The priest who directed me encouraged the tradition of a nightly family Rosary. We weren’t able to do it every night last week but we were SHOCKED at how well the kids did. We tried to do a nightly Rosary just after Lucy was born and it was just too much for Benjamin at that point. But now that he’s five he does fantastic! Lucy holds her Rosary and jumps into the prayers here and there, but we let her have some freedom of movement as long as she stays nearby and isn’t too distracting. Baby Gwen plays with a plastic Rosary and sits nearby. Maybe it’s so much better now that Benjamin can be still and participate and the girls want to be like him? Anyhow. Parents whose eldest child is 3 or under…..it gets easier.
The retreat was so peaceful that I pulled back from the busy online world a bit this week. I really felt engaged with the kids and able to breathe and stop to examine the eyes of little green spiders that Benjamin found and wanted to show me.
And enjoy Lucy’s killer fashion sense. “Do I wook gweat?!” Yes. Yes you do.
The Quotable Lucy:
“I’m a doctor! Where’s my telescope?!” (She meant stethoscope, so maybe she needs some more medical training to really get the lingo down.)
In the Garden:
Southern Collard love, folks. The spring garden is in full swing now that more frosts are unlikely (don’t hate me, friends of the north! You can laugh at us in August when we’re melting).
I thought I’d add a new little section of TWM that will pop up now and then: Frequently Asked Questions. The funny thing is, the question I get asked most frequently is what color of lipstick I wear. Until this year, I’ve never been brave enough to wear red lipstick, but now I’m hooked. The color is British Red by L’Oreal. I bought it one day after watching too many episodes of Foyle’s War featuring Honeysuckle Weeks’s gorgeous WWII era red lips. Now you know!
Down Syndrome: A Year of Joy and Grief: ABC News
Lena Dunham and the poor, ignorant women who disagree with her: Daniel Bearman Stewart
Can You Prevent Morning Sickness?: my latest post at Mama and Baby Love
Feasting Our Way Through the Church Year (Rhonda Ortiz interviews me about our book and more!): CatholicMom.com
And I really enjoyed Kendra’s posts of blogging tips and blog reader tips. I’ve been getting lots of blogging questions from readers, so I’m going to run a blogging series answering some of those questions. Do you have any questions about blogging that you’d like to see answered? Please leave your question in the comments!
Oh! I almost forgot. We have a few copies of our book left over from the Behold Conference. I’m planning on taking the extras to Edel, but if you’d like a signed copy, send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your mailing address. They’re $21.99 plus shipping and I’m mailing some out later in the week.
A big thank you to Toadily Handmade Beeswax Candles for sponsoring Carrots this month. And get ready for a great giveaway of some of their beautiful 100% beeswax candles!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Lots of love,
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