"When a soul recognises the will of God and shows a readiness to submit to it entirely, then God gives Himself to such a soul and renders it most powerful succour under all circumstances." - Rev. Jean-Pierre de Caussade

Monday, February 8, 2016

Preparing to prepare (+ a coupon code!)

I don't know WHY, but for some reason I always feel the need to ease into Lent. Like, I start doing some of the stuff I want to do FOR Lent....before Mardi Gras. It's crazy, I know. Tell me I'm not the only one?

While I haven't nailed down exactly everything that I want to do for just myself (and probably wouldn't share even if I did), Logan and I have been talking about what we want to do with our family, the kids, and each other. So I'm sharing here in case you need some ideas! And so I don't forget...


  • Go on a marriage retreat. SO EXCITED about this one.
  • No cell phones at the table for meals.
  • File our taxes. (This is kind of a joke because we have to do this anyway but I'm choosing to wait until Lent because nothing says penance/mortification/suffering like taxes. It's seriously one of my least favorite things ever.)
  • Take turns spending at least 30 minutes in an Adoration Chapel every week.


  • No TV except maybe once a week. I know, we're nuts. But sometimes I really think it causes Landon to be crazier. And we don't need crazy right now. (And let's be honest, this totally counts as penance for us parents too.)


  • Attend the Stations of the Cross at our church at least once.
  • Praying a decade of the rosary most nights. We actually started this already, using Annie's Rosary Roses (that I won in a giveaway!), and I love them. But now we need another set because the boys fight over them.
  • Attend daily Mass together at least once a week.

Oh, Lent. You're only 2 days away! But I'm ready for ya.

P.S. I'm offering a discount at my Etsy shop through tomorrow, to celebrate Mardi Gras! Use the code HAPPYMARDIGRAS at checkout to get 15% off from now through tomorrow night! Hope your holiday is full of fun and lots of feasting. :)

P.P.S. I highly recommend this book ^^^ if you're looking for some good Lenten reading!

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