Lent started 4 days ago…but in some ways it’s just starting for me this year. We are sacrificing big time over here. Even the boys are this year. Oddly, enough none of it is stuff that we gave up specifically for Lent. It all just coincides with Lent this year. The only thing that I am actually doing on purpose for Lent is de-cluttering our house. Moving the junk out….I can’t move my emotional baggage out very well but I can move the physical baggage out. I can move that out so much easier than the emotional baggage…the emotional bag I fear will take years with a therapist.
We have gone gluten-free to see if it makes a difference for Thomas. We want to see if a gluten sensitivity is part of the reason or the whole reason why he has so much trouble gaining weight. We started at the first of the month but then an emergency trip for a funeral and the associated travel de-railed us. So, as of today we are officially back on the band wagon of gluten free. It actually isn’t as hard to be gluten free at home as I feared it would be. The big thing though is eating out. It’s very hard to eat out- at least at the sort of places the kids like to eat out at and do it gluten free. Therefore; at least for the time being we aren’t eating out. Sacrificing eating out is huge for me….it’ll be good for our budget though. I enjoy eating out. I like not having to cook, I like having it to fall back onto when I have crazy days. I like it in general. It’s especially hard to give eating out up with Mark being gone and that brings me to our next sacrifice this Lent- giving up Mark for the next six months while he is deployed.
He is half a world away from us and will be till sometime in August. He left yesterday and I already miss him like crazy. The boys miss Daddy as well. Mark is my everything and I relay on him for so much; which was glaringly apparent today at Mass. So, not having him here at home with us is a big sacrifice. It’s funny being a military wife I always knew there was a chance he could deploy. Hell, I knew it was likely that he would deploy at some point. But, I never really thought he would.
So, yeah this year Lent has a really big sacrificial ring to it around our house; a much bigger ring then it typically does and while Lent ends with Easter for us this year it’s going to be lasting a lot longer then just 40 days.
Saint Michael the Archangel,
defend us in battle.
Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray;
and do Thou, O Prince of the Heavenly Host –
by the Divine Power of God –
cast into hell, satan and all the evil spirits,
who roam throughout the world seeking the ruin of souls.
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