{7qta} all the catholics in the world are gettin ready

Friday, February 9, 2018

1. But before that...the flu and strep have hit our house...hard! As mentioned here Cam got the flu Sunday. Then Monday morning as I was making the rounds to wake up the kids for school I quickly realized Aiden was down for the count. I took him to the doctor but they actually had run out of flu tests so it was just a guess based off Dad being sick and symptoms that yes he did have the flu. Fast forward to Wednesday, he woke up with a severe sore throat, 103 fever and stomach which only means one thing in our family...strep. So back to the doctor we went for whatI already knew was strep. Thankfully the antibiotics have cleared everything up and he woke up Thursday morning fever free and feeling much better. Cameron is also better and back at work and by the grace of God no one else has gotten sick. Praise be the Lord!

2. Lent is almost here. And it's coming in hard this year...on Valentine's Day. Personally I don't think this is as big of a deal as others. We are celebrating Valentine's as a couple with a day date on Sunday. I love me some day dates! Then we will celebrate Mardi Gras/Valentine's with the kids Monday because Tuesdays are too busy after school for us. That will leave us completely ready to begin Lent Wednesday.

3. Here are some great resources I've looked to this week for Lent.

Just One Small Thing Podcast-Lenten Resolutions
Abiding Together Podcast-Unity

4. Which all that got me thinking...what will I give up this year? I'm leaning towards giving up sweets. I also make encourage my kids to give something up every year and they are still deciding on that as well. Asher is leaning towards the Playstation {woo hoo} and Aiden really has no idea. He keeps coming with weird not hard ideas to which I give him the evil eye and he quickly says it was just a joke. Whatevs kid, I wasn't born yesterday 👐 We watched a great video that was sent to me by his PE teacher since he missed school this week. It was a speech that Jamie Oliver gave back in 2010 about nutrition in our country. Overall we eat healthy. My kids are not huge lovers of veggies but most of the time they can get them down without too much complaining ;) However the video was very eye opening. One thing we are very guilty of is grabbing fast food. Two evenings a week stopping by Chick Filla or Schlotsky's has become the norm and it's just so bad for us. So as a family we are giving up fast food. I know there is a lot of controversy over giving up things in general but we are choosing to give up fast food {and sweets for me} to show respect to our bodies. To the one body that God gave us. 

5. Along with giving something up I always love to DO something to bring me closer to God. I want to aim to attend daily mass at least 3 times a week. I wanted to up that to 5 days a week but I know that is not something that our family schedule will allow me to do so I figure 3 days is more attainable. If I can attend more then go me. If not I won't be overcome with guilt. I also plan on setting aside time everyday to read the Bible, journal and dive into a Lenten Journal...

6. Which leads me too how I found all this good stuff :) I was inspired by Bobbi to start Bible journaling and got all my gear ordered. 

all from Amazon...go to Bobbi's page for links

This Bible from Blessed is She is absolutely stunning. I am so excited to dive in to it starting next week. I just keep flipping through the pages because I love. The Bible cover is just as beautiful and being able to keep everything together is soothing to my organizational soul. I also bought the boys these blank journals.

I'm going to start teaching them how to read the Bible and then journal. I'm hoping to be able to set aside 3 evenings {again being realistic} to work on this with them. Never as a child was I introduced to reading the Bible let alone journaling and as an adult found this to be so healing. I want them to learn this trait early on.

I also ordered this Lenten Journal from Blessed is She along with Mary cards. I am so excited to get working on this. The cards are so beautiful and I've never seen anything like them before. So special.

7. Pics from the week!

Asher made Aiden's cake all by himself for our family party. Let me tell you...I was shocked at how great it turned out. I know that might sound like I was lacking faith in my son but it was his first time ever making and decorating a cake all by himself.

It is really impossible to get a decent pic of this child 😂

Little Miss was so excited to make her All About Me poster and take it to school yesterday. Her teachers said she did such a great job presenting to the class. 

Sadly that would be all the pics since our house was full of sickies most of the week.

Linking up with Kelly {you HAVE to read her post it's so funny!}

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