2. I am a big list maker, but in planning for Lent I realized I didn't want a list on what to do, but a list on how to be . . . a spiritual to-be list, if you will. Here are some to be ideas: be charitable, be forgiving, be helpful to a stranger, be brave and take a stand, be a peacemaker, be kind, smile, speak gently.
A spiritual to-be list . . . what do you think? The idea came to me when I found my son's "to-do" list.
3. This week I planted bright, yellow pansies in the flower boxes on our front porch. Bursts of sunshine that make me smile.
4. Can I just say how excited I am about Lent? I now recognize it for the gift it is, and it humbles me.
5. My son, in a hurry to unload the dishwasher to watch Arthur on television, broke not one ... not two ... but THREE dinner plates. Thanks to a cartoon aardvark, my wish for new dishes may come sooner than later.
6. A last minute reminder about First Friday Mass sent me into a panic since our first grader had put a hole - a big, gaping hole - in his very last pair of school pants a few days ago. What to do? What to do?
So, a late night trip to Target resulted in the last pair of size 7 navy pants hanging on the rack for him, and a pretty summer blouse for me.
7. And speaking of our first grader, it's his turn to plan family night. So, our Friday night plans include:
~ read Bible story
~decorate coffee table with Woody, Mr. Potato Head, and the Army Men
~have pizza picnic in family room while watching Toy Story
~go to bed