Lent

I remember when I converted to Catholicism Lent was a foreign concept to me. Don’t get me wrong I knew about it, even thought I knew what it was all about. I grew up in a predominantly Catholic area so I grew up to expectt that a few weeks leading up to Easter we’d have fish for lunch. My friends talked about “giving up” snacks or dessert or soda. We didn’t practice Lent though. It’s just not something that is done in the Mormon church so my first Lent was a very interesting experience. I was in RCIA and serious preparation for entrance in to the church was beginning. I don’t remember what I gave up but with a young baby and a toddler I’m pretty sure it was just a chaotic time and I probably didn’t do much. Since then Lent has been a hit or miss for me as far as prayer, fasting and almsgiving. I do really good some years and others I’m just in survival mode. A few years ago someone pointed out to me that Lent isn’t just about giving things up. They described how they chose to add something in that they don’t usually do in order to grow spiritually. I LOVED that idea. That year I started adding in a Rosary on Friday afternoons. It was probably my favorite Lent ever. One Lent I decided to give up listening to secular music and listened to nothing but Christian or Classical music. Again, a total winner. This year I’ve decided to add something and give up something.

I’ll be using this devotional that I found for free on Amazon to do a devotional through the names of Christ. I think this will be very interesting and will help me get back into a routine of spending some daily time with the Lord. I’m really hit or miss in this area of my life right now and I’d like to become more consistent. As part of my devotional time I plan on praying the Divine Mercy Chaplet, one of my absolute favorite meditations.

In January we participated in the K-Love 30 Day challenge and listened to nothing but Christian music for 30 days. I love how different my days feel when I do that. After the 30 days was over though the radio station got switched. Don’t get me wrong…I love pop music, country music, even a little rap now and then but I don’t feel the same when I listen to that music as I do when I listen to music that focuses on praising and uplifting. So for Lent I’m going back to only Christian music, with a little Classical and maybe some Jazz thrown in for good measure 🙂

I am also giving up wearing pants on Ash Wednesday, the Fridays of Lent and the Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Sunday). I already am skirts and dresses only for Sundays so that would include Easter Sunday. Why am I doing this? I’m not really sure! I’ve always been fascinated with women who are dresses/skirts only. I felt convicted last year to go back to wearing only skirts and dresses to church again after years of wearing pants. When I was thinking about what I was going to give up this year this idea popped in to my head right away. I don’t know what might come out of it but I feel it was the Holy Spirit working in me so I’m just gonna go with it and see where it goes!  And just for some accountability I’ll be sharing my outfits here with you! So here’s todays’ outfit.

Glittery pink top: Walmart ($7!!)

Glittery pink top: Walmart ($7!!)

Black jersey knit skirt- Motherhood Maternity Black Footless tights: George at Walmart Fuschia flats: American Eagle for Payless ($10 on a BOGO!!!)

Black jersey knit skirt- Motherhood Maternity
Black Footless tights: George at Walmart
Fuschia flats: American Eagle for Payless ($10 on a BOGO!!!)

Close up of the flats. I love these shoes!!

Close up of the flats. I love these shoes!!

As a family we will be participating in Operation Rice Bowl by Catholic Relief Services as part of PSR service project. But I’ll post more about that on Friday. I hope you have a wonderful Ash Wednesday and a very blessed Lenten season.

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What I Wore Sunday- My First Time!

I’ve decided to join in with the link up over at Fine Linen and Purple for What I Wore Sunday. They started this link up party a year ago to encourage women to dress their best for Sunday services and to encourage each others in their efforts to do so. When I was growing up it was pretty much required that you dressed up for church. There were no jeans, no tennis shoes, no shorts. Women didn’t even wear pants to church. Men were almost always in suits and ties, in the very least in dress shirts and ties. When I converted it was a shock for me to see how people dressed for Mass. I know that Jesus would rather have us there in church dressed in whatever we can than us not be there at all. But I think that also takes a lot of the responsibility off of us to put forth an effort. I have never felt comfortable going to Mass in jeans or shorts. I can probably count on one hand the number of times that I have done it because I’m just so uncomfortable with it. It was even hard for me to get used to wearing dress pants to church, although now I admit there is nothing better than throwing on a nice pair of dress pants when it’s 20 degrees outside!

As a SAHM there aren’t many days that I get to dress up. My mom uniform is usually jeans and a cute top. So Sundays I like to get dressed in something nice. It helps to remind me that Sunday is a day that’s supposed to be set apart from every other day. We are going to meet Jesus in the Mass. It feels like a day to wear something more special than my fraying jeans and my Bengals t-shirt. So, here’s what I wore yesterday.

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Sweater Dress: MUDD from Kohl’s

Tights: Simply Vera by Vera Wang from Kohl’s

Boots: Target

Jewelry: Premier Designs

I remembered I wanted to take this picture after a very long day. We left the house at 8:30 to get to St. Joe’s by 9 to start setting up for PSR. I taught PSR from 9:30 to 11. We went to Mass from 11:30 to 12:30. After that we took the kids to Burger King for lunch and then went back to the church for the annual Cemetery Visitation at 2 pm. After that I had a CRHP (Christ Renews His Parish- pronounced chirp) meeting at 4 until 6. When we finally got home my hair was a disaster and I was about to get undressed when I told Steven I needed him to take a picture for this post! lol- so not the greatest picture but hopefully I’ll get in a habit of it and remember to take pictures before PSR or Mass instead of 7 at night!

It was a busy and long day like most of our Sundays. But it was a great day! Before I sign off just a few pictures from the cemetery visitation. Steven’s uncle Keith, who died in 1976 in a tragic accident at the age of 21 is buried here. Steven’s grandparents will be buried next to him. It’s become a nice tradition to attend the cemetery visitation and spend some time praying for Keith and all of the dearly departed.

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So that was our Sunday. Check out some more posts over at the link up!