Although it seems as if Christmas was yesterday, today begins the season of Lent, a time of fasting, prayer, and almsgiving for those that observe it. As a middle schooler, I walked across the street from school to church with my friend Laurie once a week to pray the stations of the cross. As a teenager, I gave up my drink of choice, Pepsi, from the can, during the forty days of Lent. Now, I use this solemn time to pray more intentionally for all the heartache, divisiveness, natural disaster, fear, and uncertainty in our world today.
Before we begin Lent, however, we celebrate Mardi Gras like we have for years. Nothing fancy. Just a special meal, a few festive decorations, and a delicious dessert. This year, I tried a new recipe that was a huge hit! I will leave the link below. Madison brought the most fantastic cornbread, and Peyton added the best King Cake ever.