Violet turned 4 years old on Wednesday! We celebrated with dinner out the night before, due to her birthday falling on Ash Wednesday. I remember that she was born during a Friday in Lent, and our priest joked that we named her after the liturgical color. :)
Peter is five months old today, and we have less than one week until he starts nighttime brace wear only!
I'm actually taking all of next week off of work since the older two kids are on spring break. It's cheaper to take the vacation days then to pay for full-time daycare for them. The younger three are still going to daycare, though, so I'm hoping I can use the toddler-and-infant-free time to catch up on the laundry, and get some other things crossed off my long-neglected to-do list. I do plan to spend some quality time with Elanor and William as well. I want to take them to The Lego Movie, for starters.
Funny story from Ash Wednesday Mass that my Catholic friends will appreciate. We sat next to a middle-aged couple, and after Mass the lady turned to me and said, "You have a beautiful family! By any chance, did you graduate from Franciscan University of Steubenville?"
"No, I didn't," I replied.
"Oh!" she said, looking a little puzzled. "It's just that all of the women I know with big, beautiful Catholic families have graduated from there."
Then I told her Collin and I were both converts from Lutheranism and her jaw dropped.
I need to get a T-shirt that says, "People think I graduated from FUS."
In case you missed it, I wrote an article for SecularProLife.org, which was published here.
I also had a (sarcasm-laden) article published at Catholic Stand, here.
What a small world it is. I'm signed up for an online service that matches potential carpool partners based on their home and work locations as well as their work schedules. I received an e-mail from one such potential partner the other day, asking if I'd be interested, and she mentioned that she'd moved to Arizona from North Dakota about a year and a half ago.
I told her that I'd moved here from ND as well, and it turned out we're both from the Fargo area and have friends in common. How funny is that? We're going to meet next week and see if we can hammer out a carpooling schedule. I hope it works out; it'd be nice to have some help with the commute occasionally.
Hope your Lent has been fruitful so far! I'm going to try and make it to Confession this weekend.
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