Today is Ash Wednesday. Following the church calendar is something I have only begun doing the last couple of years. It is not something that I grew up doing, but I have found order and meaning in these practices as an adult. Throughout the year, these seasons keep me aware of my place in God’s story. Instead of Easter sneaking up on me, and getting so caught up in the materialism and busyness of the holiday that the true meaning is lost, lent gives me the reminder to prepare my heart and really ponder the greatness of what God has done for this sad, sorry world. I can remember that even though life can be full of sorrow, it is also full of joy and that death is not the end. I find this thought to be just what I need to pull me out of the darkness of winter and the sadness of losing someone very important in our family last week. Although there is a time for mourning, and that is where we are right now, it won’t be forever. Spring and Easter will come, God is moving in the world , even when times seem the most desperate, and one day, we will be reuinited with those we lost. I am looking forward to Ash Wednesday service tonight and the beginning of the lenten season. I feel that these seasons help keep me awake throughout the year.
At our house, we are weary and a little under the weather, so only the simplest, most comforting foods will do as we catch up from being away and recover. I made a variation of this breakfast frittata, topped with some creamy avocado so that breakfast is taken care of for a few days. We also baked a bunch of sweet potatoes and white potatoes and chopped up some toppings for easy lunches and dinners. We can eat those, along with a salad for a few days. My husband will be working overtime pretty often this week in preparation for a few presentations he needs to give, and I’ll continue my organization of each room.
I’ve been doing some interesting reading this week. Me Before You will keep me busy during my wait at the doctor’s office for my one hour glucose test. Ilana recently loaned me Natural Childbirth the Bradley Way, and while it is intimidating, I’m letting it sink in slowly. It’s so important to be prepared for what will happen to your body during the labor process. Knowing what to expect is crucial to staying calm. I am trying to be as open and as prepared as I can, with the knowledge that anything can change at any time when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. I am also hoping to order The Divine Hours, by Phyllis Tickle on amazon soon. I have been hearing good things about this book of prayers for several years now.
That’s all for now. It has not been a week for big projects or baking. It’s just been a week for getting through, clearing away a little snow, and trying to be kind. If that makes any sense.