Lenten Postcard Prayer Project

18 02 2012

Inspired by the Family Lent tradition shared by the Totus Tuus Family on their blog, we’ve decided to make an extra effort to prayer for our friends and family this Lent. We’ll spend the next few days gathering names on slips of paper in a basket. Then, during Lent, the kids can draw a name out at dinnertime and we’ll say a special prayer for that person.

I think it’s also important for us to share a little note with the people we pray for. I know it will help the kids make a more concrete connection with prayer. And hopefully, it’ll be a joy for the recipients to get a piece of happy mail.

I’ve made these postcards that the kids can personalize by coloring the flowers or even just signing their names. There is also space to write the recipient’s name at the top and the date. Yes, it’s going to be a big chunk of postage, but I think it’ll be worth it.

I invite you to download the file I made here. After downloading, just find some white or colorful cardstock, print the first page, flip it, print the 2nd page on the back, and cut into 4 cards.

{The cards were created with flower clip art from: http://openclipart.org and the Pea Kassidy from Kevin & Amanda at www.kevinandamanda.com/ }

Catholic IcingI’ve added this post to the Lenten Link-Up at Catholic Icing where you will find more ideas for celebrating a meaningful Lent.

Inspirational Quote

22 05 2008

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things that matter least.”   -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

I found this quote today and was thinking that it is such a great reminder for me at this period of my life.  It reminds me that even when the dishes and laundry are piling up, I shouldn’t ignore my children’s pleas for attention to get them clean.  The boys need my love and attention much more than I need a clean house.  I often find myself letting the baby fuss just a few more minutes, or telling my 2 yr old “just another minute” so I can get one chore or another done.  Sometimes it’s OK to do this especially if the mess is creating a lot of stress on the family, but most times it will work out better if you spend 15 minutes with the kids first and get to the chores later.  Everyone is happier for it.