Oddly enough, I’m not very enthusiastic about returning to some of the things I gave up during Lent. For example, I drastically limited my recreational internet time from Ash Wednesday to Easter, and the result was that the time I did spend online was purposeful and focused. Now that those restrictions are gone, I’ve quickly learned that, nine times out of ten, randomly clicking around on the internet ends up making my state of mind worse rather than better. I’ve decided to try to make a more lax version of my Lenten restrictions a permanent part of life. Anyone else trying to make long-term changes based on what you learned during Lent?
We’re going to the ARCH Homeschooling Conference in Houston next weekend (April 16th and 17th). We were going to be in the area to visit Yaya anyway, and I couldn’t resist the opportunity to check out all the cool stuff they have going on and see Danielle Bean speak. Anyone else going to be there?
Speaking of which, a few people have asked what we decided about school choices for our children. We found a cool part-time Catholic private school, where the kids will go to school (uniforms and all) two days a week, and we’ll homeschool the other three days. We start with that this fall.
It seems like such a great solution, so I’m praying that it works out. If it doesn’t, I’m not sure what we’ll do: as we discussed here, I’m daunted by the idea of full-time homeschooling; but I’m also not excited about the idea of the kids going to full-time school either, only because I do love the idea of having the time and flexibility to do some home-based education. I try not to worry about future problems, so I’m just going to take it one day at a time and see how it goes!
I recently finished the classic memoir A Severe Mercy by Sheldon Vanauken. I was Googling around for more information about Vanauken and came across this beautiful, must-read essay about having “the wholeness of vision” on abortion. The piece is about Vanauken’s final book, The Little Lost Marion and Other Mercies, in which he details his search for the child whom his deceased wife gave up for adoption. Now I really want to read the book, but the cheapest copy on Amazon is over $60 and my local library doesn’t have it. Anyone know where I can buy a copy of The Little Lost Marion for less than an arm and a leg?
I am not always modern art’s biggest fan, but I have to say, this is cool: an artist set up a fake Prada store in the middle of nowhere in west Texas (we went to that area for our honeymoon, and it was a nine-hour drive from Austin, across mostly empty roads). The installation looks like a real Prada storefront, but the artist plans for it to get vandalized and for the building to fall apart as a statement. I’m sure it’s symbolic of all sorts of stuff about capitalism that I don’t understand. Pretty awesome.
On Wednesday I finally had lunch with Stephanie from La Vie Catholique. I’d been reading her blog for years and knew that we lived in the same area, so it was a long-overdue meeting. She has a great conversion story (that involves meeting French husband in an online chatroom) and writes all sorts of deep posts about stuff like sanctifying grace and reception of the Eucharist that are like smart and stuff. She is also an unbelievably talented seamstress, as you can see from her sewing blog. Given all this, I brought nothing to the discussion, but she was kind enough to chat with me anyway.
I just love my rosary from Rosary Army. They give away free rosaries made of twine that are super durable; I can throw mine in the jumble of my purse without worrying about it getting messed up. I used it all during Lent to pray when I was out and about. Best of all is their one-page sheet with all the prayers of the rosary, a list of all the mysteries and which days to meditate on what, etc. I think their mission is fantastic. If you’d like for them to send you a free rosary, just fill out the form here!
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