..And to dust you shall return

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the Lenten season - as you can tell by the fast food commercials featuring 'seafood', the picked over fish stick freezer section, or even more obviously, the people you have to give a double-take that appear to have dirt and grime smeared all over their foreheads.. It's ashes, folks, I know it's there.
As Catholics, this is the season of preparation; being tested, and having hope to come out the other side a better version of ourselves.
Coincidentally, this time of year--historically and continually--tends to be a struggle for me. 
Coincidentally? Seasonally? Hormonal-ly?

I've decided to use this season to my advantage, to better myself and take these 40 days to focus on my faith, form healthy habits, and truly remember what is important.

The reminder that is shared while administering ashes, is one of my favorites..
Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.. 
This life is temporary and we are working toward an ultimate goal (of eternal life in heaven). I am all for living this life to the fullest, but the distractions of day-to-day life can easily take over and overshadow what needs to be priority. What an ideal time to re-focus!!

Above, I've shared (again) my most picture-perfect ashes, to date.. Tonight we'll be getting our ashes, as a family. I'm anxious to see our little ones sporting them and having the opportunity to talk about who/what/why.
 I have high hopes of an Ash Wednesday-family-selfie, check IG to see if it happens..
UPDATE: It happened, and it was perfect!!


  1. Ashes family selfie... I love it! Conor has a work dinner tonight, so our family Ash Wednesday service will not be happening unfortunately.

  2. Im working on bettering myself this Lent too. We usually don't observe it as strictly as some but I really feel called to refocusing and recommitting myself to Christ. Looking forward to that ash family selfie :)

  3. Can't wait to see the family selfie! :)

  4. I think that is perfect what you plan to do. Re-focusing on what's important is definitely something that I need to do as well. Life can be so busy and so overwhelming, but sometimes you just need a little push in the right direction. I hope you find that focus! Can't wait for your family selfie :) xo

  5. Great thoughts! Great reminders!

  6. Loved your family selfie with the ashes! I couldn't get Marcus to sit still long enough, nor could I get the very top of Julia's head - where they placed the tiniest little dot.