The last few weeks have been a bit hectic! The week before Lent, we had some extra penance to prepare ourselves for this holy season: Sick kids(ear infections) which led to a doctor visit and very little sleep, a car accident (just before our Dr's appointment in the only car that fits everyone), a strained budget...just a reminder for us to place our trust in God and keep looking toward our final goal. Our little bit of hardship proved a good reminder, as this Holy Season of Lent began, to prepare our hearts to celebrate the great mystery of our faith made present at Easter when Jesus emptied Himself completely, willingly died for us conquering sin and death, showed us the path to eternal life, redeemed us and raised our dignity to adopted sons of the Father.
Having to cut back a little, a car accident in which no one was hurt, and children who are only sick for a short while don't seem so bad when put in persective and we were blessed with a new 1998 Pontiac Montana mini-van (well new to us anyways).
On Ash Wednesday, while Phil was giving out Ashes at the 8am Mass at St. Peter's, he was photographed and the picture made it in our Stevens Point Journal.
The following weekend Patty & kids travelled to Milwaukee so Patty & Miriam could attend the Women of Christ conference while William stayed with Grandma. While in Milwaukee, Miriam decided to dazzle everyone by taking her first steps - right in front of Grandma. She has since been diligently perfecting her new found skill and is walking quite well - a quick jump into the toddler stage!
Phil, back in Stevens Point, helped lead an amazing discernment retreat for young adults: The John Paul the Great Young Adult retreat while we were away. On the way home, Patty & kids took a slight unintentional detour to visit Green bay...there must be some magnetic pull...and everyone made it home safe & sound.