So what's been going on the past few days? Well, my bloggy friend, Ann, and I had our first long-distance book club meeting. It was great to talk in real life and we had a good discussion about the book we read, The Map of Love. Next up is The Help.
Since yesterday was Ash Wednesday, today we are officially into Lent. In our home, that means we bring out the Lenten devotional we do every year as a family. First, I needed to find some pussy willow branches:
These are beautiful...and huge! I'm not quite sure where I'm going to end up setting them. They need to be at eye level, but high enough to keep little curious fingers away because each day we hang one of these ornaments on them:
There is one ornament for each day of Lent. At dinner each night we read a Bible passage and then hang the ornament that corresponds to what we read. By the time we reach Easter, we have covered, in a cursory fashion, much of the Bible. I made these years ago, basing my ideas on the Lenten devotional I found in the book, No Ordinary Home. When we began, none of the children knew how to read, and now we have children who can take turns reading the Bible passages. It has become a wonderful family tradition.