My Daybook :: February 16th, 2010 (Shrove Tuesday)

by | Feb 16, 2010 | Daybook | 10 comments

Outside my window… everything is still wet from the rain we had last night, but the sun is supposed to come out a little later today and even reach a high of 62 degrees!

I am hearing… the pitter patter of little feet running up and down the hallway… Shhhh Snuggles!  The baby is still sleeping!

I am thinking… about my plans for Lent which have been put on hold for now.

I am thankful for… the reassurance I received from the doctor at the Emergency Room last night (or rather early this morning).  Rose is most definitely sick but her fever is gone and the congestion has not dropped to her chest.  It was also reassuring to hear that the ER doctor wasn’t able to hear her heart murmur either!

I am praying…  “Not my will, but Thy will be done.”

From the kitchen… I had plans to make Apple Puff Pancakes for breakfast, since it is Shrove Tuesday (aka: Pancake Tuesday) but due to another late start this morning the children just had cereal.  If all goes well, we’ll have Pancakes for dinner!

From the learning rooms… we’ve been sticking with just the basics lately.  Lots of Math, Spelling, and Phonics.  Last week was “Q” week and we only made it a couple days before Quitting.  ðŸ˜‰  We will continue when everyone is healthy and time allows.

Living the Liturgical Year at Home… the season of Lent begins tomorrow.   We are still discussing our plans for this year.  Perhaps at dinner tonight we can finalize those plans.

I am creating… antibodies for my baby and a quiet peaceful home.  The rest can wait.

I am wearing… my nice cozy pajamas and slippers.

I am going… to start walking again.  With how little I’ve been leaving the home, my energy levels have really dropped and I need to start exercising.  I’ve decided to walk 40 miles during Lent, one mile a day.  It’s not much, but it is a lot more than I am currently doing and yet should be achievable.

I am reading… from a big stack of picture books about Queens and Quilts.  Tomorrow we will begin reading a story each day from the life of Jesus, to go along with our Jesus Tree.  (For those that have emailed, you can purchase the Jesus Tree kit from Leaflet Missal.) I am also going to look through my own books to choose some Lenten Reading for myself.   Hummm… Any suggestions?

Pondering these words… which were shared by Jennifer in this inspiring post.

“Material goods are good since they come from God. They have been put by God at man’s disposal since creation began, for his growth and development in society. We are administrators of these goods for a time, for only a short term. Everything should lead us to love God – Creator and Father – and the things He has made and given us.”
Francis Fernandez, In Conversation with God, Volume 2, Lent and Easter, 16.1

I am hoping… that Hubby is able to get the job transfer he is applying for at work. It is the same job, but based out of an office that is only 15 minutes away, reducing his commute by over 30 minutes each day!

Around the house… As I de-clutter, I keep reminding myself to “LIVE IN THE PRESENT, and have nothing in my house that I do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful!”  I have already filled 20 bags of stuff towards my goal of 40 bags in 40 days, though this is where I think it is going to start getting harder and involve working on detachment.   It is going to be worth it though!  Already our home feels much more organized, even though I still have a longs ways to go!

One of my favorite things… Baby smiles!  I can’t believe our little Rose is two months old ALREADY!

A few plans for the rest of the week:

  • Ash Wednesday and the Beginning of Lent
  • Blue Knights on Thursday
  • 2 month Well-Child Check-up for Rose on Friday
  • Hockey Lessons on Saturday
  • My Dad’s birthday

A Picture thought I am sharing:

Apparently I am not the only one that could use a dishwasher! 😉 


  1. Amy

    LOL, love the sink picture! Praying the baby is feeling better soon.

  2. Mom2Seven

    Praying for that beautiful little Rose… and you are right, everything else can wait! Peace, dear Jessica!

  3. Kelly

    I'm sorry to hear that you had to make an early morning visit to the ER. But I am very happy to hear that Rose is not getting worse and that her fever is gone and that the doctor couldn't hear the heart murmur. That is a good sign!

    As far as Lenten reading goes, I always turn toward *In Conversation with God, vol.2* No matter how many times I read it, I always take away something new to meditate on. We have the book *The Passion and the Death of Jesus Christ* by St.Alphonsus De Liguori that I am going to try and read this Lent as well. Another good stand-by for us is any talks by +Fulton Sheen on Christ's Passion or on the season of Lent. Once again, no matter how many times I hear them, I always take away something new to ponder.

    Wishing you a very happy and blessed Shrove Tuesday and prayerful Ash Wednesday.

    God bless!

  4. Anonymous

    Oh goodness, the ER?? Jessica! Ok, we are praying!

    I tell you what! I need to start walking too. I will go with you one the 40 miles too! That will be incentive. Another thing to add to my list! I am getting excited now. 🙂

    God bless!

  5. Anonymous

    you have been such an inspiration in so many ways Jessica, you can never know…..I am now on my bag #17 already gone to Good Will and Sally's (Savation Army) and now I almost ready to begin the bags for detachment also! What a relief and all with such a great purpose – to share with others the blessing we have been blessed to share in. In addition, I am shutting down my email box starting this eve of Shrove Tuesday until Easter Sunday! More time for meditation and prayers! God Bless everyone! Especially little Rose! PJ

  6. Christine

    Rose is beautiful! I pray that she gets better soon.

    I hope that you have a blessed and fruitful Lent.

  7. Anonymous

    just stoppin in to say "hi" and little Rose is a sweetie.

  8. Kelly

    Sick or not, she is sooo adorable! And the bedding is beautiful! I'm so glad the murmur seems to be gone. Praying she gets well soon. It's so hard when they're so little and sick, ugh! Congrats on being halfway to your 40 bag goal.

  9. Michelle

    Love the sink full of dishes! Hate when they imitate my bad habits!

  10. Gae

    Dear Jessica,
    Dropping by quickly.
    I pray your little ones recover soon and Rose dosen't get worse.
    I also have struggled getting our final Lent plans together. We have had a very interesting week and start to Lent on Ash Wednesday with a trip to Emergency too with Eden colapsing at the Mass on Wednesday. Now we have sick children in stages too.
    Praying for your Lent and family. Hope hubby gets the job closer.
    God Bless


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