Well, it's the day after Ash Wednesday. I have been trying to figure out what to give up during Lent. Our pastor describes it as "putting down" something in order to give yourself time to "take up" an effort to grow closer to God and prepare for Easter. I'm starting a day late, but that's OK. I have decided to try to get up 15 minutes earlier than normal every week day morning. I'll use that extra 15 minutes for reading the Bible and doing my version of meditating, however I choose that to be (other than sleeping). I must admit that I am not very familiar with the Bible. I only read an occasional scripture here and there; I've rarely read chunks of it at a time. So I am going to try to discipline myself. I hope my extra 15 minutes will be something that I look forward to every morning. Wish me luck!
Meanwhile, for those of you who helped make Joanie's quilt, or if you just heard about it and are interested, here is a picture of Joanie and her mother as they received the quilt this week. They appear to be happy! Giving away quilts is fun!