7 Quick Takes – Lent Already?! [vol.15]

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I don’t know about you, but I’m not quite sure where the first few weeks of Lent went, let alone the entire months of January and February.  Apparently, it’s two and a half (three? I seriously do NOT know) weeks into Lent already.  Let’s take a look at a few of the things going on in Chateau du Cajuntexasmom as we sojourn, disoriented, the Lenten desert together.

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The headline that made my week?  Zelie and Louis Martin are going to be canonized together in October!  Their elevation to sainthood will coincide with the Synod on the Family in Rome, which is apropros considering practically the entire Martin family is bound for sainthood!  Seriously, though, St. Therese has long been my favorite saint.  When I was younger, I read every page of literature regarding her life that I could get my hands on, and in the process learned a great deal about her mom Zelie, who died from breast cancer when Therese was young, and her dad Louis, who suffered from dementia and was committed to a mental institution during the latter part of his life.  Before their physical deterioration though, they were a loving, devoted couple.  Zelie was a working mom (WHOOOHOOOOO!), a lacemaker by trade who ran her business out of her home.  I also think it’s awesome that with their canonizations, we will have “go-to” intercessors for those suffering from breast cancer and mental illness, two conditions that affect so many of our loved ones in these modern times.  Blesseds Zelie and Louis Martin, pray for us!

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When I was a kid, I was fascinated by and slightly obsessed with the TV show “Unsolved Mysteries,” so I was completely fascinated when I came across this Mental Floss article highlighting little-known facts related to the show.  For example, did you know Matthew McConaughey got his start as a murder victim in one of the re-enactments?  Me neither.  Why the heck was this show ever cancelled?

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I recently read a great book about living intentionally.  “Notes From A Blue Bike,” from the Art of Simple foundress Tsh Oxenreider, is a quick, easy read about the necessity of identifying your family’s long-term goals, and making sound decisions that will take you closer to fulfilling them.  I particularly love Tsh’s thirst for travel and adventure. She laments that often, young families don’t travel because “it’s too hard” with small kiddos, and that though it can be challenging, the creation of lifelong memories and the obvious truth that there is never a “good” time to travel are both really good reasons to start travelling.  Now.  Inspired in part by the book, and in part by Marie’s random suggestion that we go visit Mt. Rushmore, Superman and I have decided that this summer, we’re going on a {short} road trip to Northern Arkansas to visit a good friend and to camp for a week.  If you’ve visited the area, we’d love suggestions on places to see and things to do! If you love camping, give me some good tips on camping with four kids under 9!

Loved this book so much, I just reserved her first book, "Organized Simplicity," from the library, too!
Loved this book so much, I just reserved her first book, “Organized Simplicity,” from the library, too!

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If you have a moment, please pray for the repose of the soul of a coworker’s sister.  She passed away this week, and while reading her obituary, I discovered that she lived in a community home for the dying.  I didn’t even know places like this still existed! The community is named Clarehouse, after St. Clare of Assisi, and their mission is to provide a home for those with terminal illness, FREE OF CHARGE.  God bless their work!

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Remember my quest to lose 100 pounds by my 30th birthday?  As of this week, I am officially halfway there. Also, I am able to cross my legs, a feat that was physically impossible prior to losing the weight. <Insert joyous Kermit flail here.>

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Oh. Happy. Day. #nonscalevictory

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I wish I could say I picked a spiritual exercise that I have faithfully followed thus far during Lent, but it’s just not true.  I’m doing a little bit of this and a little bit of that…specifically, enjoying the Blessed Is She and Word On Fire (Fr. Barron) emailed daily devos, as well as the timeless readings from In Conversation With God.  I’ve also been trying to read a chapter of the Bible a day.  Today, I’m ashamed to say I’ve done none of these.  Perhaps I should shut the laptop and give Jesus the rest of my evening…

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Our children attend a classical education charter school, which we love!  Though I had dreamed of being a homeschooling mom, we’ve discerned that our educational path for now is to send the kids to this small, blossoming charter school with a vision of classically educated and well-trained minds as the end goal for its students.  We are currently expanding to add high school grades, and are bursting at the seams in our current campus.  Though we do receive state funding, as a charter school we receive significantly less money per student from the state coffers.  Most of this disproportionate difference is the funding we’d otherwise receive for facilities.  Currently, we’re in the midst of a fundraising effort to build a new K-12 campus.  Would you please keep this endeavor in your prayers?  Thank you so much!

 

That’s it for now!  Time to head back over to Kelly’s for more Quick Takes from bloggers far more fascinating than me!

2 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes – Lent Already?! [vol.15]

  1. Sounds like life is busy this Lent in your house! I’m really interested in checking out the book, Notes from a Blue Bike now. Having our family live intentionally is such a worthy goal indeed.

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    • It’s a great “bird’s eye” overview of the things that are the pillars of building a family culture – like food, education, travel, etc. Really some great things to ponder -)

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