Thursday, February 18, 2010

Blessed, blessed sleep

One baby was up once last night. I think I can go on with life. Starting Saturday night (the first night J. was gone, of course) the babies started in on a non-sleeping stint. By the time J. arrived home on Monday I think I had had 5 hours of sleep. The next two nights were only slightly better. I was running a huge sleep deficit and only able to do the necessities. Plus, I was not the most patient person in the world. But now with over 7 hours of sleep in one night, I feel like a new person and am able to function (and blog) again. Ahhhhh...


So what's been going on the past few days? Well, my bloggy friend, Ann, and I had our first long-distance book club meeting. It was great to talk in real life and we had a good discussion about the book we read, The Map of Love. Next up is The Help.

Since yesterday was Ash Wednesday, today we are officially into Lent. In our home, that means we bring out the Lenten devotional we do every year as a family. First, I needed to find some pussy willow branches:


These are beautiful...and huge! I'm not quite sure where I'm going to end up setting them. They need to be at eye level, but high enough to keep little curious fingers away because each day we hang one of these ornaments on them:


There is one ornament for each day of Lent. At dinner each night we read a Bible passage and then hang the ornament that corresponds to what we read. By the time we reach Easter, we have covered, in a cursory fashion, much of the Bible. I made these years ago, basing my ideas on the Lenten devotional I found in the book, No Ordinary Home. When we began, none of the children knew how to read, and now we have children who can take turns reading the Bible passages. It has become a wonderful family tradition.

3 comments:

Joanne said...

That is so cool! I never really "got" lent as a kid. I think it's such an interesting tradition...and making it more participatory for the kids - pure genius ...

Sandy said...

I would LOVE to copy you!!!! My six kids would LOVE to experience Lent in such a *real* way. Any chance you can share the verses you use and what the shapes are that coordinate? Sandy

thesleepyknitter said...

Love your blog! Just found it through your comments on It's Twinsanity. Blessings to you and your lovely family! --thesleepyknitter

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