One of the moms in our homeschool community had suggested a weekend getaway to the beach. It turned out that the family beach house was available that weekend, which allowed a large group to attend! It was such a blessing to have this time away with each other...to talk, to pray, to cook, to draw, to sew, to read, to walk along the beach, and to attend mass at the next door beach house with a retreat of Catholic high schoolers.
It was the first weekend of Lent and gave all of us some time to ponder this season and how we would spend it. The Saturday evening mass was such a lovely high point, as we sang praise and worship songs with the high schoolers and sat with our babies in bar stools and on couches as we entered into those moments of worship and receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion. He felt so very close, during a time of much struggle for so many moms. Homeschooling is a lifestyle commitment; we are going against the flow of society, and having some time to nourish ourselves is so very important on our journey. Thanks be to God for these friendships and this wonderful weekend!