Friday, March 29, 2013

I've Been a Very Bad Christian

Today is Good Friday.  And Greg asked me this morning if this was the day that Jesus had the Last Supper with the Apostles.  And I promptly replied, "No, today is the day Christ rose from the dead."  Then I stopped and thought for a minute at the same time that Greg said "Umm, didn't he rise on Easter?"

RIGHT!  I thought.  Easter.  That's when Christ rose from the dead.  And it was a miracle because it was three days after he died...three days...count back from Sunday...three days prior is Friday...making Good Friday the day that Jesus died.  Of course.

It scares me just a little that I had to think about this.  Because, as I've said before, I acknowledge that I'm not a practicing Catholic - but seriously, I went through a LOT of religious education, PLUS I went to church every single Sunday of my life from the time I was born up until I was 17 (almost 18) and headed to college.  I have all the tools I need to know exactly how to answer my curious husband with definitive and correct answers related to the fundamental principals and, certainly, the MOST PROMINENT FOUNDATION of Catholicism!  Yet, today, I FAILED!  Miserably.

I don't know why this bothers me so much, but it does.  Certainly I don't like failing at anything, but it's more than that.  I feel a little bit sad to know that I've lost a little bit of something that was such a huge part of my childhood.  Logically, I understand that it's because of my choice to no longer practice Catholicism, and being out of practice gives plenty of reason for why my knowledge would diminish - I'm just shocked that the diminished part is about the most important celebration in the Catholic church.

Now I'm off to prepare for this most festive holiday.  Have a Happy Easter everyone!  Afterall, it is the day that Jesus saved all the Bunny rabbits in Nazareth and brought them to a manger and had formerly scandalous women wrap the bunnies in cloth that was stolen from some dead person's tomb while his mother, Mary, cried because all she wanted was for Jesus to turn some water into wine so she could drink to forget that, despite her uncouth upbringing, her son Jesus was in love with Mary Magdalen.  Or something like that right???

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Flowers, Please!

Yeah, it's been a while.  And I have nothing much to report for my lack of posts.  Mundane, I know.

On a positive note, Spring is right around the corner...and Greg and I are planning projects for our house, which is always exciting!  This year, to compliment the work we did on our front porch, we plan to tidy up our yard - raise the grade where erosion has had it's pesky way, add some plants to our "flower beds", plant some grass, and fertilize and water our lawn regularly to see some green results.  We'll see how it goes.

You've seen the "before" pictures of the front of our house from the multitude of pictures I've posted from our front porch renovation.  Now, I'm scouring the web for inspiration for planting plans for our front that will work with our lifestyle and what we want the front to look like.  Here's a few things I'm considering thanks to Better Homes and Gardens online garden plans.  At the risk of sounding exactly like my mother, grandmother, and probably my great grandmother -- That magazine sure is full of great ideas!