Friday, March 14, 2014

March Hike: Oh, So Green

We went on two wonderful hikes this week.  One was new to me, but the other we hiked about two years ago.  I couldn't help but notice how much greener our trek was this time.  Perhaps hiking in March rather than very hot summer months or the nice few days of rain we had a few weeks ago.  Hmm... Either one: it was oh, so green! Just getting ready for St. Patrick's day around here ; )


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Lent 2014: Reconcile and Share

We're not doing much that is different from our past Lenten seasons around here.  I have transformed our nature study area into our Lenten season table.

Our wonderful Lent/Easter book basket is out.  What a treat to enjoy these books once a year.  As a family, I chose to read out loud the Michael Hague Easter Treasury.

Our Lent Box with the Stations of the cross is out.  This is such a wonderful activity that my kids enjoy every year.  We have our Stations of the Cross Fridays.

Every year I also hope to inspire the kids with our Lenten countdown calendar.  Every day we nail a cross to the board.  This year I chose to decorate the board with a path made of 40 stones.  Every time we nail a cross, I try to talk about our focus for the season: Reconciling and Sharing is our theme this year.  I do this by choosing a prayer or a poem or simply reminding them about specific situations/times we need to remember these values in our lives.

Here are my past Lent and Easter posts:
Lent 2012
Easter 2012
Lent 2013