By the sweat of your brow
you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
and to dust you will return.
~Genesis 3:19 (NIV)~
It’s Ash Wednesday. We just did a little service of our own here at home, as our five-year-old son is recovering from a concussion, and our three-year-old and nine-month-old sons have icky colds. Ashes from the fireplace graced our foreheads, and we reflected on how we are dust. And so much more!
We look forward to celebrating the resurrection. For Lent this year, I am trying to shake things up a bit and focus on disciplines that will increase my thankfulness. So there are three things I am doing:
- Health: Continuing on my gluten-free/low dairy journey, while also remaining refined sugar free.
- Lifestyle/time management: No computer or tablet until the children are in bed for the night.
- Gratitude: Take at least one photo and journal at least ten things per day of something for which I am grateful.
I figured this was as good a place as any to record that daily photo and thankfulness journal, so here you go. The focus of the Lenten Photo Project is not necessarily photographic, though I hope to capture some beauty through the lens, and I always want to take good pictures. But I want to reflect thankfulness, and sometimes the picture that captures that might be out of focus or have its white balance out of whack. That’s okay. I probably won’t edit anything, either, as that takes time I don’t have daily to give.
1 – Karen and Matt
2 – A counter full of dishes unexpectedly done
3 – Chubby baby hands grabbing my face to bring me in for more kisses
4 – Asher’s sweet head, post-concussive but on the path to healing
5 – Coffee
6 – Callan: “Yeah, sure!”
7 – Sunshine on melting snow
8 – Eggs, warm & fresh
9 – The flexibility of homeschooling
10 – Quarter of the Way to 50 Years anniversary dinner thrown by the girls