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Friday, February 20, 2015

lenten season




This last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday...the first day of the Lenten season.

I know that for many Lent is a somber time and I know that as a Catholic I am suppose to feel this way as well. However, if I am being honest I just don't. I actually really enjoy Ash Wednesday and the Lenten season. I have so many memories as a child from this time of year that I can vividly remember. I love the tradition of going to church and receiving ashes, I love giving something up for the 40 days and I love the anticipation to Easter. I love it all. 

It's also a great opportunity to have really meaningful talks with my kids about our faith. I enjoy sharing with them these traditions and why we do them. I love sharing with them what Jesus did for us. How he loved us so much, more then anyone else will love us.

I love to let them chose to give something up. I in no way shape or form tell them what to give up. I let them sit back and decide. This year Asher gave up soda (which he is only allowed on weekends...stop judging ;)) and Aiden gave up chocolate. I think both are awesome choices!

I gave up meat. I've been wanting to explore a vegetarian diet for sometime now so I thought this might just be the perfect start. So far all I have missed is bacon ;)

Here are some resources to learn more about Ash Wednesday and Lent if you just happen to be interested :)

http://www.americancatholic.org/Messenger/Mar2003/Family.asp

 http://www.catholic.org/clife/lent/



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