Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Lent, 2009 Style

For those of you who are newish to our family blog, you might want to read this post about the journey of "Lenting" that my sister and I take each year. No, we're not Catholic. But the idea of self-mastery is really cool. And last year, my friend Courtney, who IS ACTUALLY Catholic, shared with me that Lent is also a time to ADD something meaningful to your life. I thought this was a wonderful addition to my "Lenting" this year. So, without further ado, this year I am "Lenting" chocolate again. It was either chocolate or Dr. Pepper. There is a crazy amount of stress in my life right now. I think I need my Dr. Pepper. So chocolate it is. In addition to NOT eating chocolate during the 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter, I am going to make a card and sent it to some unsuspecting friend or loved one each week. At least one. Maybe more.

What are YOU "Lenting?"

13 comments:

At Home In Georgia said...

You are my hero with your self confidence, determination and self mastery! You go girl!

I like the card idea too.

Jessica said...

I think you and I share the same weaknesses. The difference is I don't think I could give up either. It might affect my familial relationships too much. ( =

But I might consider adding something nice. That would be a good thing for me to do. I like your card idea. I will have to think on that.

You are awesome, I admire your self mastery and I know you will totally make it.

Cheri @ Blog This Mom! said...

We established that I'm lenting sugar. But I haven't figured out what to lent that I shouldn't be giving up anyway because sugar is something I've really given up, but sometimes nip into, and should never nip into because I have a hard time stopping the nips when I do. In other words, I feel like I have to give up something that I wouldn't otherwise want or need to give up. Or is sugar enough? Am I making sense? I thought not.

I'm not Catholic. But Presbyterians observe the Lenten season as well. Although I'm not sure that they give up something, we just have special worship services and stuff.

I like your card idea. You are good at cards. I will think of something that I'm good at to do for someone else. K?

Our Complete Family said...

Bryce goes to a Catholic school and this grade they're really old enough to 'get it' and understand Lent. It was neat to hear him come home today and talk about how they went to Reconciliation, about how they needed to choose something to 'take on' during Lent, etc...
I told him I am giving up chocolate for Lent (I'm with you on this one girl~ keep me in check so I don't cave, o.k.?!?) and I'm taking on being patient with my children.
With Jason away I'm sure I might be a bit more at the end of my rope at times, so I just need to remember that they are the best gift ever and to give lots of extra love, kindness and understanding!
Happy Lenting to you deary~ Many hugs, Les

Carr Lot said...

Good thinking on the Dr. Pepper choice...I'm a pepper too, and that would be REALLY hard! : D

I'm adding fruits to my lent...I need to 'add' them in to my life.

Haven't thought about giving up anything....the thought scares me a little. : )

TheReader23 said...

I actually gave up chocolate last year for Lent and ended up gaining five pounds because I substituted "cake" to satisfy my sweet tooth. This year I'm going to give up cake. Hmmmm...wonder what I'll substitute for that!!

April said...

Ohhh, I like the idea of ADDING something. You just TOTALLY made me change my mind about what I am lenting!

And um, Happy Ash Wednesday!

LOVES!

Our Complete Family said...

Amber...
Update~ I've been staring at the Hershey kisses on my kitchen counter in their cute silver server. I hope I'm strong enough to make it through!!! :)

becky said...

at the end of lent do you gorge yourself on chocolate? just wondering. i would.

Nicole said...

I'm with you, I'll try the chocolate. Even though I only have Dr. Pepper when we go out to eat, I'm not so sure I could do without it!

The Aller Five said...

Great idea! I need my Diet Coke as well, I will have to think of something though. Love the Baby cards you made! Soooo Cute!!

Walkers said...

Good luck with that one! I wouldn't make it a day, good luck!

Amy said...

I love that you do this. I have some very good Catholic friends and every year I am so impressed with the things their children will sacrifice. I love the addition of something good. And it has been soooo fun to catch up on your blog again! Let's chat soon!