Wednesday, September 29, 2010

More of the Story

The well-worn flaps of this little book tells its own story...of countless, cozy readings at grandma's house and the arms of grandparents who helped raise a wonderful young man.

Oma wrote on FB:
"Corey, hope you have a very Happy and Blessed Birthday! Twenty-three! Wow!!! can remember when you were a "wee" one and I'd read to you your "little" book that you still remember to this day...and that I still have and treasure greatly..."

Happy Birthday, Corey

I thought it sweet that the most recent photos of my oldest son were these with my new Godson.

23 years ago, Corey, you were this tiny. Hard for me to believe sometimes.
Today, at a height of 6' 3", your collarbone barely catches my chin when you bend down to hug me.
But some things never change.
You don't always let others see this side of you, but you've always been able to make us laugh.

Always...because you've always been a joy and a blessing!
(Here w/ "auntie"'re such a good sport. :-)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

To Infinity & Beyond

One thing I love about homeschooling...the kids get to study what they want, when they want, where they want, as they want, however they want.

Then there is the learning Mom says they have to do when she says do it, where she says do it, as she wants it done.

Can everyone say "Math!" :-)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Publication for Boys in My Mailbox

Everything Alice does is lovely and artsy and noble.
And she has done it again...
Alice gives us the update here.
If you enjoyed her Sewing with Saint Anne and Tea and Cake with the Saints for your girls, you are going to love her new book for boys: Tin Cups and Tinder

I'll be back soon with a more thorough review. In the meantime, I have some little girls who are eager to make some of the items in this book. And it will come in quite handy when daughter #2 goes hiking and camping with her dad. :-)

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

My Focus on the Rest of the Year

Written on wall in Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta:

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.
If you are honest and sincere people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight. Create anyway.
If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous. Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, will often be forgotten. Do good anyway.
Give the best you have, and it will never be enough. Give your best anyway.
In the final analysis, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.
-this version is credited to Mother Teresa

A Peek Inside Our Atrium

Equipped with flashlights, rather than lamps, the children help the Woman of the Bible to find her lost coin.
"Hurry! Hurry!" she pleads. "I have to find my lost coin."
The lost coin is found and a little boy proudly turns it over to its relieved mistress.
"Or what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a lamp, and sweep the house, and seek diligently until she find it? 9 And when she hath found it, she called together her friends and neighbors, saying, Rejoice with me, for I have found the piece which I had lost. 10 Even so, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repents." ~ Luke 15:8-10
And everyone rejoices and sings praises and claps High 5's.
Children are given an individual presentation for making the Sign of Our Faith correctly and reverently.
While, in the other part of the Atrium, one little boy enjoys a thoughtful moment before the reflective pool.
And another little boy rings the bells of Mass.
And still another dresses the priest in his priestly robes.
And a teacher explains and demonstrates the holy use of the chalice to a young girl.
The Atrium is a busy, functioning, reverent place of wonder and awe. It's purpose is to allow children a place to touch, see, smell, hear, and taste the awesomeness of our Catholic faith and learn the Bible stories in a practical, meaningful way.

Please pray for the Work of Our Hands!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Brothers & Their John Deere Tractors

They told Jan and I they were going to mow grass. ;-)

From the kitchen window.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Marian Maidens in September

My girls belong to a monthly grouping of other homeschooled girls known as Keepers of the Home. This is a non-denominational group which focuses on hospitality within the home and has proven to be a blessing and a success in more ways than we can count.

This year---along with my friends Karen, Linda, and Lorena---we formed a Catholic grouping of homeschooled girls which we call Marian Maidens. We wanted a chance to focus on the Catholic liturgical year within our homes as well. It's also a chance for us to discuss and practice various virtues which we desire our young maidens be familiar with as they grow into young Catholic women.
I was able to get a couple of pictures of our recent Marian Maiden's luncheon.
On the table: minature statues of Mary, sliced pound cake, strawberries in sauce, whipped topping, grapes, chips & dip, fresh strawberries
Cheesy, chicken enchilidas
Banana & Blueberry Pies w/ cream cheese topping (in honor of Our Blessed Mother's September birthday).
Maidens painting Rosary Keeper Pots to "plant their prayers" in.
We are using this lovely book for mothers and daughters which discusses (in chapter formation) Raising Maidens of Virtue.
At this gathering we discussed "modesty" in dress, speech, and behavior.

Our main focus for the year is "Contentment".
How do you teach your young daughters contentment?

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