I had the privilege his weekend of attending a vestry retreat in Atchison, Kansas at Mount St. Scholastica. The Benedictine Sisters who reside there embraced us immediately. My days normally revolve around kids and the house and church and laundry and dishes and ballet and friends and family and CHAOS! I thrive on the energy of my life, but the pause I was given over the past few days was a precious gift. In this season of lent it is right and good to pause our lives. We attended morning prayer with the community. They prayed for peace as they made our beds (something I never thought of, but have started doing for my children). I know this is a hectic time of year, but try and pause... breathe.