Saturday, February 25, 2012
When we moved into our very first house, I thought every weekend would be made up of brunches and slow Saturdays. HA! I never knew I was such a romantic about life. But today, we did have a lovely brunch and it has been a slow, life giving Saturday.
The menu: mimosas, orange scones with butter/jam, bacon, Harney & Sons Florence tea, creamy eggs with basil and cheese, orange slices.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Part of my lenten practice this season is meditating on the crucifixion of Christ. I feel the distance between me and this historical, spiritual event that changed the world. I'm hoping that by meditating on various representations of crucifixions this season I'll enter into the pain and suffering of Christ a bit more than I'm used to. I tend to focus on Jesus' divinity at the expense of his humanity. But if I forget his humanity I forget the power his life, death, and resurrection has for me. I want to be mindful of my need to go through the cross with Jesus instead of around it for all the crap in my life. The further I get away from the cross, the further away I am from seeing my need and getting help to be free of all the pettiness, jealousy, anger, envy, self-righteousness, self-reliance (and the list could go on) that is manifest in my life. All I know is that I need Jesus if I'm to have life abundant.
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
This is Pippa's second time on a swing. She balks at being put into the bucket, but as soon as she feels the motion she's enchanted. Thorne meanwhile is pushing a child (in a swing that is) she does not know just because she can.
Today is Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday as they call it in England. Pancakes are traditionally eaten because apparently fat, flour, milk, and eggs were among the items fasted from during Lent so it was a final bit of partying before Easter. So we feasted on pancakes to honor the tradition and mark the transition into Lent. Thorne added to the festivities by insisting upon finding the book If You Give a Pig a Pancake and showing us the pictures of that pig eating pancakes and syrup. A delightful morning.