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Monday, March 28, 2016

People Work to Earn Money

In my somewhat failing (thanks Max!) spring cleaning attempt, I came across this gem from Noah and it was too good not to record somewhere for easy reference in the future.

Noah is going to be a race car driver, driving a car filled with water

Turkey is essential

Friday, March 25, 2016

Good Friday

Well, today didn't turn out quite like I had planned.

After Mass last night, Nathan could not stop coughing, we had to use his albuterol inhaler for the first time in a few months, and I think the incense is to blame. So we decided to stay home from the Veneration of the Cross and give him a bit of a break before the Easter Vigil tomorrow. He already seems to be doing much better, so I think it was a good call. Kind of sad though since he probably was looking forward to going more than any of us.

It ended up being a pretty low key day, we talked a bit about what today meant, Maddie was interested to know that this was the day that Jesus died (she kept asking after Mass last night if Jesus had died yet). And then tonight, we prayed the Stations of the Cross.

I took the kids to see the Life Teen Living Stations of the Cross last week, so it was still pretty fresh in their minds as we read through each station.

We used the candle holder that my dad made when I was younger, and the kids took turns blowing out the candles after each station until we were left in darkness.

It was a nice way to end the day and really reflect on it's meaning.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Holy Thursday

These next 4 days are my favorite of the whole year, I love the anticipation of what is to come in just a few days. So much tradition. One of my favorite things about the Catholic Church is the rich history, and that what we do has meaning. 

Today we celebrate Holy Thursday, the night of the Last Supper.
Last night we talked about what that meant, we read over the story as a reminder. Nathan talked about how this is where Jesus told us that the bread and wine would become his body and blood. That this is where we get the Eucharist. 

Today we're going to be making this Last Supper craft from Catholic Icing (once we finish our chores). Thinking about baking some Judases later, and then tonight, we'll go to the Holy Thursday service at church. The kids get excited every year about the procession to the temporary chapel and waiting with Jesus. I won't even pretend I have perfect kids when it comes to behavior in Mass, but they've always been great during the Triduum. They know something is different, and they want to find out what it is.

I'll be back to update later with some pictures from our day, happy Triduum!