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Hi everybody!  Wow, it’s been a while, huh??  Obvious blogger statement coming up in 3, 2, 1… life has been a lot busier recently so I thought it was time for an update.

First off, my baby just turned ONE year old on March 3rd!  We celebrated The Wee Two’s birthday by going to the Minnesota zoo as a family and then having a party the following day which also happened to be The Scottish’s birthday.  Needless to say. the entire week before was super hectic and crazy but everything went so well and we took Sunday to do a lot of nothing because if there is one thing my husband likes to do in his limited free time, it’s nothing.  🙂

I have some other exciting news I’ve been holding on to for a while but it’s time to share, I was cast in a show you guys!!  Yep, I’m doing a play with a local community theatre company.  I’m back in the theatre world and I’m beyond thrilled about it.  The rehearsal and performance schedule are perfect for a mom of two young kids (one of whom she is still nursing), and I’m just so thankful for the opportunity.  It was my first audition after having The Wee Two and the play is a hilarious farce set in Texas which makes my family super excited to see it.  (I tend towards the more classical and dramatic roles usually.)

I’ve met some great new people and hopefully opened the door to more shows in the future.  Adjusting to theatre life as a mom and wife instead of a single woman has been interesting and I’m so grateful for how wonderful and supportive The Scottish has been through everything.  It’s been fun to have my own work thing away from the house and he likes seeing me so happy.  Plus, The Scottish has been excelling at his job recently and I’m incredibly proud of him.

In other news, I’ve decided to participate in Lent this year.  We finally found a new church a few months ago and I’m really happy with it.  But my relationship with God has been lacking lately and I’ve been wanting to find ways to trust more and worry less.  In a world where there is so many awful things happening and such sorrow, I’ve decided it is best that I work on managing my own anger and frustration since I cannot control anyone else’s actions.

I grew up in a family that encouraged or at least talked about the act of giving something up during Lent.  I’d give up pop or sugar once in a while but when I got older I tried to add something to my life in effort to be more positive.  I’d add a daily prayer time or acts of service, etc, but they were so hard to follow through with for 40 days.  I’d inevitably forget about it after a week or two.  This year I felt a call to give something up in the weeks leading up to Lent and thankfully I followed through.  I’m giving up buying my favorite treat in the world, iced vanilla lattes.  If this is the first time you’ve heard me mention lattes, then you must be really new to my blog.  I’m obsessed with them.  I drink them year round (never hot!), and I spend way too much money at Starbucks and Caribou Coffee.  It’s my well-known guilty pleasure.

This Lent I will not be buying any iced vanilla lattes, although I can (and will) make them at home with my Ninja coffee maker.  Because hello, the goal is not give up coffee altogether!  I currently buy my lattes probably 3-4 times a week, and other days I make it at home or go without.  I know some of you might be shocked at much I’m spending at coffee shops but I’d probably be shocked by how much you spend on beer, clothes, shoes, or fast food.  Let’s not judge each other!!  While it might not seem like a big thing to give up, it is a big deal for me.  I love my coffee shop excursions because I’m very rarely alone and I treasure those weekend trips to pick up my lattes.  I also enjoy getting a latte before I take the boys to the children’s museum at the MOA because is a special treat that helps me get through another fun but exhausting day of being with small children.  I’m a mom, I’m tired, I’m busy, and I enjoy fancy, over-priced coffee.

But back to the why.  I’ve been listening to The Wee One talk about how he needs this and needs that, so I try to explain to him that he wants fruit snacks but he doesn’t need them.   But I started to think, what do my actions show him?  That mama needs her coffee??  So I’m giving up my store-bought lattes to show my boys and myself that I don’t need them.  I don’t have to buy myself a special treat on a long drive or when we go shopping at Target.  And then I will have to find new ways to get some alone time.  Such as window shopping, going on a walk, or doing a Pilates DVD (which I’ve been trying to do more of recently!).  Basically I’m just changing up my routine so I can stay open to new things.  And as added bonuses, I’ll be saving money and saving on the calories.

I know this is something small and somewhat selfish but I put thought into it and I’m excited about it.  It’s going to be tough when my show opens and I just want to escape to Starbucks or Dunn Brothers for a latte the morning after a performance but in reality it’s a very short amount of time.  I sincerely hope I learn something new, gain a new perspective, or at the very least save a bit of moolah.

How are you guys doing??  Do you give up something for Lent?

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2 Responses to “The One Thing I Don’t Want to Give Up”

  1. Rachel

    I haven’t given up anything for Lent specifically, but I’ve been working on the clarification of wants vs. needs on an ongoing basis over the last few years. We really have SO MUCH just by virtue of living in America that it is very easy to think we deserve more, because our culture sends constant messages to enforce that. It’s very empowering to stop and set boundaries on these things and make purchases and choices accordingly – feels good, and I applaud your great example for the boys! And congratulations on the new gig!

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