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Ash Wednesday

Posted by on 17 February 2010

Today is Ash Wednesday and marks a very important time for Christians.  This is the day that starts the season of Lent.  Lent is a time where we all give something up….something that will make us better people.  There’s way more to it than that, but it a basic thing that we during this season.

Ash Wednesday means taking my class to mass.  I have to say that they were all really good tonight.  Even my goddaughter!!  It’s so hard to get them to say “Amen” when getting the ashes.  It almost overwhelms them, yet they enjoy it.  Of course, church was full.  It always happens on the important days because they all figure they’ll be saved by making it to these masses.

Lent will end on Easter Sunday.  That’s one of my favorite holidays.  That is, when you keep the commercialism out of it.  It’s the day we celebrate Jesus dying for our sins.  It’s the day that we’re renewed.  New life….spring….flowers…..warmer temps.  And who can resist candy from the Easter Bunny??  YUM!!  Yes, you can have the best of both worlds….in balance.

Finaly tonight, here’s the end of day 5….

Overall Medal Count
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
1 United States 5 3 6 14
2 Germany 3 4 3 10
3 France 2 1 4 7
4 Canada 2 3 1 6
5 South Korea 3 2 0 5
6 Austria 1 2 2 5
6 Norway 1 2 2 5
8 Switzerland 3 0 1 4
9 China 2 1 1 4
10 Italy 0 1 3 4
11 Russia 1 1 1 3
12 Sweden 2 0 0 2
13 Slovakia 1 1 0 2
14 Czech Republic 1 0 1 2
15 Poland 0 2 0 2
16 Japan 0 1 1 2
17 Netherlands 1 0 0 1
18 Australia 0 1 0 1
18 Estonia 0 1 0 1
18 Finland 0 1 0 1
18 Latvia 0 1 0 1
22 Croatia 0 0 1 1
22 Slovenia 0 0 1 1

3 Responses to Ash Wednesday

  1. Bethanne

    My hubby and I were sitting at church on Wednesday, directly across from the kindergarten class… and I realized: We haven’t been as attentive in our guidance with our third child. He was soooo antsy! and chatty! It was a good Mass anyway.

    I’ve been wondering during this Olympic season, do you think the US has an unfair advantage? I’ve been thinking about how many competitors we have… and how we often dominate in sheer numbers alone. Hmm. just a thought. I promise, I have no socialistic tendencies. 😀

    • Elaine

      Hey Bethanne!!

      No, we don’t have an unfair advantage at all. Many of the other countries that participate have snow (and mountains) just about year round or have access to it in order to practice. Germany typically does very well….even better than us. Until Russia was split up, they were something else to contend with. Just like China, most of their athletes were basically pros. They live in training camps for pretty much their entire sporting career so that’s all they focus on. The Chinese pairs skaters that got gold were married, but lived in the barracks apart from each other. Other than hockey, we don’t have pros in the US….just people out there doing what they love!!

      And look at the Jamacian bobsled team….they’re winners….or they were!! Aussies do well too. Other than the judges, it’s a pretty fair competition and who doesn’t love the Olympics!?!?

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