Category: Lent

Lent is here..

Lent is finally here.  I must admit that it feels like it has been Lent for quite some time now.  Lent has been on my mind for weeks now.  Weeks of figuring out what we will be doing as a worshiping community at Second Pres and lots of brainstorming sessions about what The Slate Project will do as digital discipline.  And then there is what I want to do draw myself closer my Beloved (I’m talking about God and not the hubby).

I always joke that I give up sex with strangers.  So last night as the hubby turned to say goodnight, he said, “Are you giving up sex with strangers again this year?”  I said, “Of course.”  All joking aside, Lent doesn’t mean much if you don’t give up or take up something that brings you closer to God or to God’s beloved children.  So, this year my major commitment is to pray for and write a short note to the members Second Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD.  It isn’t an easy task.  It means praying for 4.7 families and writing cards to each one every day. (Probably about an hour’s worth of time between praying and writing.) I’m not quite sure what I will say in these notes.  To be honest, there are people on our active rolls that I have never met. (Crazy, as I’ve been at the church for almost 9 years.)

I do hope the notes will be a reminder that they are loved by God. I also hope these notes will remind folks that others are thinking and praying for them. I don’t expect folks to come to church more often after getting the note or for those I have never met to magically appear.  Handwritten notes aren’t magic—they are simply a reminder that we aren’t alone in this world.

I will still do my usual laundry list of “give ups”—as I think I would be lost without the tradition of doing so:
~no alcohol
~refrain from processed foods
~eliminating sugar

So, Lent is finally here!  What are you doing this Lenten season to draw yourself closer to God?

Day 10: Filling Buckets

I haven’t been so good being the recording secretary for the family on bucket filling. But I assure you, we are doing it and discussing it each night.

Ellie’s filled her Kumon teacher’s bucket by not being the last one left in class working. (Some nights she has the definite slows and keeps the teachers late while she finishes her work)

Maggie filled her piano teacher’s bucket by practicing. She thought it would make her teacher happy and it definitely did. (It also showed Maggie that a little practice goes a long way).

I filled a 3 year olds bucket today by playing imaginary crayons with her while her older brother was in Kumon class. We had a great time and she even entrusted me to hold on to the imaginary crayons till next week.

Day 7: Filling Buckets

Back to school means more opportunities to fill buckets.

Maggie was really excited to share whose bucket she filled. She enthusiastically exclaimed, “I filled my art teacher’s bucket by listening and not finger painting when we should be using our paint brushes.”

Ellie’s bucket filling was a bit more complex. She lent a book to a friend to read during free time. The friend continued to read the book after the class was told to put things away. The teacher took away the book, asked whose it was, and wanted to talk to Ellie after class. Meanwhile, the friend who was reading book felt bad and apologized to Ellie. Ellie replied with something like, “It’s okay. It was a mistake. We all make them.” Ellie said last night that she is pretty sure that filled her friend’s bucket.

I helped out in the kindergarten art class which I hope also filled the art teacher’s bucket. After what i saw and experienced yesterday, I am sure good listening and doing what you are told fills the art teacher’s bucket. (I also think the words “washable paint” also fill her bucket). Another thing I am sure of: I could never teach art to 30 kindergartners.

PS: Ellie did get her book from the teacher.

Day 6: Filling Buckets

We’ve been on a quest for each of us to fill at least 1 bucket each of the 40 days in Lent. Today is President’s Day, so no school.  Lots of hanging at home around the house.

Here is whose bucket we filled today.

Ellie says she tried to fill our buckets by remembering to put her dirty dishes in the sink

Maggie filled Andrew’s bucket and mine by patting him back to sleep while I was on the phone.

I filled Ellie’s bucket by playing 6 games of Uno, 8 games of Ribbit, and 1 game of THe Ladybug Game with her today.

A bucket filled is a bucket filled, but I do hope tomorrow brings a bit more variety in bucket filling.


Ash Wednesday

Yesterday as Ash Wednesday and our first day of giving up and taking up. Here is our bucket update….

Filling Buckets Update
Ellie filled her classmates’ buckets by helping them with multiplication facts.

Maggie said she filled my bucket, which she did, by completing her homework at aftercare.

Andrew filled an older woman’s bucket last night at the Ash Wednesday service. It had been some time since she held a baby. She loved his snuggling personality.

I hopefully helped filled a bucket by delivering a prayer shawl, made by a Second Pres congregation member, to our executive presbyter who is visiting a retired minister after kidney surgery.

Lesson for the day: Filling a bucket isn’t always direct or happens just by one person’a action, sometimes many hands and hearts contribute.