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Contemplative Homeschool

  • Mindfulness is the new Centering Prayer
    Recently I wrote a two-part series on Yoga, mindfulness, and Centering Prayer. If you haven’t read that, I suggest you do so now. I will try not to repeat myself […]
    - 26 days ago30 Apr 17, 11:26pm -
  • Yoga, Centering Prayer, and Mindfulness (Part II)
    In Part I, we established the difference between being scrupulous or rigid and simply urging caution in areas in which the Church Herself urges caution. Today, we’re going into more […]
    - 84 days ago3 Mar 17, 1:58am -
  • Yoga, Centering Prayer, and Mindfulness (Part I)
      In the last few weeks I’ve had several interesting discussions on Facebook regarding different aspects of the New Age Movement and how Catholics should respond to it. Confusion abounds, […]
    - 91 days ago24 Feb 17, 4:31am -

Campfires and Cleats

Do Small Things with Love

  • Catholic Wives and The Choice To Love
    So, I recorded another podcast, all by my lonesome.  The topic this week is that “Love is a Choice” and I spend much of the episode detailing a few of my many failings as a wife including my most recent failure to be charitable to my husband whi…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 3:22am -
  • New Episode: The One Where I Talk About Starting a Movement
    Sometimes I do crazy things…like record a podcast episode in my basement late at night about things like starting a movement…and release it out into the world before I probably should. But I kinda like being crazy. Have a listen SUBSCRIBE on iTUN…
    - 7 days ago19 May 17, 4:47am -
  • Catholic Wife Survey {and giveaway!}
    Hey there friends!  Today, I need your help.  My latest project is all about serving Catholic Married Women, so, if you are indeed both married and Catholic, I BEG you to take a short (two questions) survey. And, just to sweeten the deal, I plan to…
    - 9 days ago17 May 17, 3:05am -
  • Just One Small Thing [the podcast is live]
    So, this weekend my niece asked me, “Aunt Nancy, how many projects do you have going on right now?” and without missing a beat my sister and husband chimed in, in unison, “TOO MANY!” IT’S TRUE!  IT’S TRUE!  BUT I JUST CAN’T HELP IT! S…
    - 16 days ago10 May 17, 9:03pm -
  • What Ma Ingalls Taught Me About Businesses
    Hey friend.  Today I’m going to take a minute to talk about something I’m quite passionate about: daring to be an entrepreneur as an at-home parent.  Perhaps taking on the risk of starting and growing a business while home with the kids feels a…
    - 54 days ago2 Apr 17, 9:17am -
  • Want to Make Money as an At-Home Parent? Here’s How
    Home with the kids full time, but eager to contribute to your family’s budget in a real way?  Start a business and become a Naptime Entrepreneur.  Let me show you how. I quit teaching to stay home with my first child six years ago.  Although my…
    - 78 days ago9 Mar 17, 2:45am -
  • Scripture Based Adult Coloring Pages for Lent
    Employ the PRAYERFUL ART OF COLORING this Lent to draw closer to our Lord and live more fully in his word. I go through phases of being really bad at prayer.  I want to pray, I want to spend time with God–but I just can’t seem to turn off my bra…
    - 98 days ago17 Feb 17, 8:00am -

Sacremental Life

  • The Chaplet of Divine Mercy in St. Faustina’s Diary – April 21, 2017
    Easter is the momentous culmination of our Christian faith. As the “Feast of feasts” and the “Solemnity of solemnities,” the celebration of Jesus’ resurrection could not be contained to just one day in the liturgical calendar. So, we celebr…
    - 35 days ago21 Apr 17, 6:30pm -
  • Holy Thursday and the New Commandment – April 13, 2017
    Jesus’ actions on Holy Thursday were revolutionary and radical. They are meant to shock our consciences. Indeed, St. Peter was so shocked he exclaimed, “You shall never wash my feet.” (Jn. 13:8) His sensibilities were offended that the Messiah,…
    - 42 days ago14 Apr 17, 3:41pm -
  • Fatima, Marriage, and the Theology of the Body – March 25, 2017
    It has been reported that Sister Lucia of Fatima wrote a letter to Cardinal Caffarra predicting that “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.” Not long after, Pope John Paul II was in the mi…
    - 62 days ago25 Mar 17, 6:12pm -
  • The Liberating Power of Fasting – March 6, 2017
    “Do you wish your prayer to reach God? Give it two wings, fasting and almsgiving.” -St. Augustine, Discourse on the Psalms “What happened to fast and abstinence in the Church in the United States?” This was the question Pope John Paul II aske…
    - 81 days ago6 Mar 17, 8:36pm -
  • A Meditation on the Theology of the Face – February 22, 2017
    “Thou hast said, “Seek ye My face.” My heart says to Thee, “Thy face, Lord, do I seek.” (Psalm 27:8) Do our faces reflect the divine signature of Christ? Genesis declares that man is “made in the image of God.” Humanity is set apart fro…
    - 93 days ago22 Feb 17, 2:46pm -
  • God’s Presence in Confession – January 24, 2017
    A number of years ago I approached the confessional booth in the crypt church at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. It was there that something somewhat miraculous happened, or at least that is how it…
    - 25 Jan 17, 9:47pm -
  • The Dignity of the Human Person – January 14, 2017
    “When the sense of God is lost, there is also a tendency to lose the sense of man, of his dignity and his life.” (Evangelium Vitae, 21) It is a perplexing fact of history that one of the world’s most prolific mass murderers, Adolf Hitler, was a…
    - 14 Jan 17, 4:07pm -

Messy Jesus Business

  • For the good of the guild
    In a few of the less-productive minutes of my day, I play an online Star Wars game on my phone. I have some beloved characters which I attempt to constantly level up: by completing certain challenges, I can make my characters faster and stronger. In…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 2:23pm -
  • Following Jesus outside the box
    Since I was a kid, good folks started challenging me to think “outside the box.” In one case, I remember sitting in the shade on a hot day with a group of girls at Bible camp and our counselor offering a puzzle: I am going on picnic and bringing…
    - 8 days ago18 May 17, 5:13pm -
  • I Walked into Suffering on the Road to Santiago
    “For as long as humans have walked, they have walked to get closer to their gods.” The words appear on top of a PBS website in white upon a black background—an over-simplified truth, smacking with arrogant certitude. At least that’s the way i…
    - 14 days ago12 May 17, 1:05pm -
  • On practicing Christian hospitality
    My husband and I recently made the difficult decision to open our guestroom to a family experiencing homelessness in our community. We heard about a mother, father and their infant who were living on the streets and in dire need of help. A member of…
    - 17 days ago9 May 17, 3:57pm -
  • Redefining faith on El Camino
    Since high school, I’ve been teaching the Christian faith to others. In parishes, classrooms, and while camping in the woods, I’ve taught songs, explained Bible stories, instilled virtues and asked students to memorize definitions and lists. And,…
    - 21 days ago5 May 17, 12:02pm -

Catholic Sistas

  • Paint Your Own Sacred Heart
    My family has many different religious statues, icons and images in our home but we were lacking one of the Sacred Heart. I’d never specifically gone looking for one, and most of the images we have are a collection that has accumulated over the yea…
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 4:00pm -
  • Special Needs Mom Reflects: All are Welcome at the Feast
    A week after Christmas, after months of preparation, my two youngest children received their First Holy Communion. I had always assumed that while welcome at mass, this particular avenue of grace would always be closed to them because of their disabi…
    - 4 days ago22 May 17, 1:37pm -
  • Marry Her and Die for Her: A Book Review
    Doing book reviews is always interesting. You never know what you’re going to get! I was definitely curious when, last fall, I was asked to review a book titled Marry Him and Be Submissive. What a title!! Controversial for sure, but a great read. T…
    - 7 days ago19 May 17, 6:00pm -
  • Unexpectedly Homeschooling: Our Journey
    Over the years I have known many homeschooling families but I never thought our family would be one of them. My husband and I planned for our kids to attend the school at our parish. We even bought a house within the boundaries of the parish to be su…
    - 14 days ago12 May 17, 4:00pm -
  • Guarding our Hearts and Minds: We Become What We Think About
    Since the time my children were little I have always told them that they will become the people they surround themselves with. This means that if they surround themselves with racists, they will begin to accept that ideology. If they surround themsel…
    - 15 days ago11 May 17, 4:00pm -
  • Lifting Weights – Smoothing our Broken
               Our oldest son is 15.  Last year, he began lifting weights and working out before school in addition to his soccer practices.  Looking at him, he seemed to be in top physical shape.  However, every so often he “tweaked” h…
    - 17 days ago9 May 17, 4:00pm -
  • Theological Virtues
    Did you know that faith, hope, and love are gifts from God?  Our catechism says of these theological virtues, “They are infused by God into the souls of the faithful to make them capable of acting as his children and of meriting eternal life (#181…
    - 18 days ago8 May 17, 4:00pm -

A Woman's Place

  • Molly Loves You and Other Amazing Words
    Sunday night, Maggie had already gone to bed when Sadie's bedtime rolled around, but she hadn't quite fallen asleep yet.  She was wrapped up in a quilt when she looked at me and said "Molly loves you."Molly is her favorite Bubble Guppy and "Molly lo…
    - 2 days ago24 May 17, 11:00am -
  • Finally Family Fun Night
    For most of the last decade, Paul was gone on Friday and Saturday nights.  Before Sadie was born he worked 48 and 72 hour shifts at a group home, which meant sometimes parts of weekends were free, but often times he was gone.After that he began grad…
    - 3 days ago23 May 17, 11:00am -
  • Flexibility and a Good Mistake
    Last week I made a huge scheduling mistake. It may not seem like much, but it had the potential to ruin our entire day, and throw the whole week out of whack. Wednesday is our hardest day of the week, because Maggie has OT and Speech and then we rush…
    - 4 days ago22 May 17, 11:00am -
  • A Tessie Update: The Bad and the Good
    I just about had a nervous breakdown in the kitchen when I opened the packet that had arrived from our insurance company with Tessie's name across the front, even though I knew what it was already going to say.  Only denials are that thick.  They d…
    - 5 days ago21 May 17, 12:56pm -
  • Finally Laid to Rest
    In November we began making trips to our local Catholic cemetery.  It was still fairly warm at the beginning of the month and we had a large break in the day between the time I picked up Sadie and Maggie from school and the time when Paul would meet…
    - 6 days ago20 May 17, 12:11pm -
  • How Did You Know and A Few Good Tools for Getting Help
    "How did you know?"  This question is often asked by parents who have witnessed behaviors or missed milestones who aren't sure quite how to proceed in figuring out if their child needs more help, or even if they might land somewhere on the spectrum.…
    - 19 days ago7 May 17, 1:12pm -
  • The Bits of Advice I Have Left to Give: Mermaid Soap
    Before I had kids I had the very common problem of knowing all there was to know about raising children.  Once I had two, when they were still both very small, but big enough to be easier than they were when they were tiny, I knew even more and had…
    - 19 days ago7 May 17, 12:10pm -

Forever and Always No Matter What

  • Transitioning from Homeschool to Public School
    If you are a long time reader, then you are aware that our oldest started attending public high school his freshman year. If you are new, welcome! Our oldest is still attending public high school. Our decision to make the transition from homeschool t…
    - 54 days ago2 Apr 17, 6:10pm -
  • Ultimate Guide to Florida Homeschooling
    When we began dreaming and researching a possible move to Florida, one of our main concerns, of course, was that fact that we homeschooled. Michigan is a very easy state in which to homeschool. There is a lot to be said for being able to “stay unde…
    - 60 days ago27 Mar 17, 9:00am -
  • Embracing My Gray Hair
    When you announce you are no longer coloring your hair to hide your gray, one gets a variety of responses. Let me tell you, deciding to go gray in your 40’s (or sooner!) definitely goes against the grain. It’s okay, add it to the list 😉 Mostly…
    - 65 days ago22 Mar 17, 9:07pm -
  • Tools for Homeschooling your Special Needs Child
    Homeschooling a special needs child can present some unique challenges and obstacles. Special needs parenting  in general is just a whole different ball game. Special needs children require parents to be “on” constantly and they just take parent…
    - 30 Jan 17, 10:00am -
  • Why I Started, Stopped, and Started Again with Rodan + Fields
    When I was growing up, all of the teen magazines I read actually gave tips on how to get a better suntan. I tried just about all of it! Nothing better than a day spent sizzling in the backyard working on that color. There was no SPF 30, bathing suits…
    - 9 Dec 16, 10:00am -
  • Read Good Books
    That could pretty much be the entire blog post right there. Read good books. The end. It seems too good to be true. Too simple. How can anything truly produce good results if it doesn’t make us want to pull our hair out from time to time? While the…
    - 21 Nov 16, 7:40pm -
  • Special Needs Gift Giving Guide
    (blog post contains affiliate links) Buying gifts for a special needs child can be a challenge. Especially as the child gets older, but perhaps skill and ability are not growing at the same pace. I like to find games and activities that appeal to a w…
    - 1 Nov 16, 10:00am -

Equipping Catholic Families

  • Equipping Catholic Families …for LENT!
    The post Equipping Catholic Families …for LENT! appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.Paper Chains, Prayer Abacus, Revolving Rosary, Stations of the Cross and Works of Mercy Carousel…just some of the Catholic Craft Kits we…
    - 94 days ago21 Feb 17, 1:52pm -
  • Easy as Abacus: Stations of the Cross
    The post Easy as Abacus: Stations of the Cross appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.Easy as Abacus Stations of the Cross PDF Download $7.50      The Easy as Abacus Stations of the Cross kit offers prayers and clipart to customize a S…
    - 95 days ago20 Feb 17, 10:44pm -
  • Book Binding for the Reconciliation Reader
    The post Book Binding for the Reconciliation Reader appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.Did you see the NEW Sacraments with the Saints Reconciliation Reader Craft Kit we launched yesterday? It’s a 34 page booklet or carousel to help prep…
    - 99 days ago16 Feb 17, 3:25pm -
  • ALL NEW!! Sacraments with the Saints: Reconciliation Reader!
    The post ALL NEW!! Sacraments with the Saints: Reconciliation Reader! appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.We’re SO excited to release our brand new Sacraments with the Saints: Reconciliation Reader Craft Kit! Sacraments with the Saints:…
    - 99 days ago16 Feb 17, 1:10am -
  • Keep the SAINT in SAINT Valentines!
    The post Keep the SAINT in SAINT Valentines! appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.Frozen, Star Wars, Minions and Paw Patrol Valentines are nice…but don’t you want to glean the wisdom of the Saints about Love on Saint Valentine’s Day?…
    - 9 Feb 17, 4:03pm -
  • NEW! Patron Saint Journal Stamp
    The post NEW! Patron Saint Journal Stamp appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.I just received my first Patron Saint Journal Stamp and I love the way it turned out! I’ve been trying to find ways to keep myself a little more accountable, mo…
    - 12 Jan 17, 8:00pm -
  • Catholic Craft Kits packed with Saints, Seasons, Sacraments, Catechism and Prayer!
    The post Catholic Craft Kits packed with Saints, Seasons, Sacraments, Catechism and Prayer! appeared first on Equipping Catholic Families.Purchase $39 in Cathletics Craft Kits (PDFs) and get $10 OFF when you use the code catchacraftkit2017 until Jan…
    - 8 Jan 17, 9:02pm -