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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 […]
    - 83 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 […]
    - 3 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, […]
    - 24 Feb 17, 4:31am -

Campfires and Cleats

  • I Kind of Hate July 16.........
    .......which is why I'm writing this on the 17th.I couldn't bring myself to do it yesterday.I really shouldn't though....Hate that day.That blackened square on the calendar in 1993.Because it is the day a miracle happened.The day for which  our Sav…
    - 6 days ago17 Jul 17, 5:13pm -
  • Why YOU Should Become an Ultimate Bundles Affiliate~
    Blogger friends, this is an opportunity that you really should consider.....Ultiamte Bundles are practical, affordable, user-friendlyand more, if you are an affiliate.Here are the advantages:Upcoming bundles sales include:AUGUST 9-14: Parenting Sup…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 2:15pm -
  • Channeling MJ? #WW
    Note the cool spats...pretty cool, huh? Yup, he's a huge MJ fan. Huge.He even has the entire Smooth Criminal number down....it took a few hundred tries, but he did it!These were taken the night of the 8th grade semi formal,which had a "roaring 2os"…
    - 12 days ago11 Jul 17, 2:01pm -
  • A Unique Opportunity: Learn to Take Better Photos for Your Family, Your Business, Your Everyday!
    I'm a huge photography fanatic. Huge.It's rare that I go a-n-y-w-h-e-r-e without my camera.Welllll, Walmart runs, excluded!But seriously, whether  an everyday family  barbecue,  the boys' soccer game or track meet,around the house general day to…
    - 12 days ago11 Jul 17, 5:06am -
  • Hundreds of Bargain Priced Books! Classics, all ages, all subjects
    Looking for great deals on home school curriculum/books/supplies?You've definitely come to the right place!I have a wealth of resources to offer that I've  loved during  myfour years as a reading specialist,ten years as an elementary teacherandtwe…
    - 13 days ago9 Jul 17, 11:10pm -
  • Frugal Curriculum Shopping!
    Looking for some deals on homeschool curriculum/books/supplies?You've definitely come to the right place!Within the week, I'll have an extensive list of homeschoolmaterials posted right  here for sale.All reasonably priced.After 14 years, we are no…
    - 21 days ago1 Jul 17, 10:43pm -
  • The Ultimate List of Party & Cake Ideas
    We're B-I-G party people here. You  guys know how much I looooooooooove party planning! Themes, birthdays, holidays, sacraments, end of sports season ...they're all special reasons to make a big deal, gather friends, decorate, bake a cake ( of c…
    - 22 days ago1 Jul 17, 12:20am -

Do Small Things with Love

  • J1ST 011: Shannon on Doing Big Things
    LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID I have a real treat for you today!  My friend Shannon Wendt from Chewslife.com is on the podcast today talking about doing the BIG SCARY things, even when you are busy and a mom and homeschooling and uncertain.  J…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 3:03pm -
  • Marriage, Friendship and Roller Coasters
    It’s a terrible thing to throw up on a roller coaster.  Especially one of those new roller coasters with a tight harness that prevents you from turning and sending the vomit over the side.  Add in the twists and dives…and well, it’s a mess. B…
    - 7 days ago16 Jul 17, 9:27am -
  • Over 30 Ideas to Memorialize Your Miscarriage
    A miscarriage offers many lessons. When I lost a baby in May of 2015 I learned about grief, about marriage, about surrender and suffering and isolation and, in a profound way, I have learned that heaven is real and not that far away. I also learned,…
    - 11 days ago12 Jul 17, 7:44pm -
  • J1ST 010 On Saying the Hard Words
      LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Well, it was bound to happen at some point.  In episode 010 of the podcast I cry for what I’m sure will be the first of many times.  I’m a crier, after all.  And the most awkward part?  I don’t have a g…
    - 12 days ago11 Jul 17, 6:24am -
  • J1ST 009: The Importance of FRIENDSHIP as a Mom
    LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Hey there! Today’s podcast features the charm and brilliance of my good friend (both and and off life) Nell from http://www.wholeparentingfamily.com.  And the topic under discussion: The importance of friendships…
    - 22 days ago1 Jul 17, 5:01pm -
  • J1ST 008: Saying YES During the Fertility Years
    LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Episode of the Just One Small Thing Podcast is up and ready for you!  And this one is about one of the HOTTEST topics in the Catholic Married world: FERTILITY–a topic that in this podcast includes NFP, the over-b…
    - 29 days ago23 Jun 17, 8:58pm -
  • The Transforming Nature of the Eucharist: J1ST 007
    LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID   Well, I’m back today with another episode of the Just One Small Thing podcast, and it’s a good one.  And it is SO Catholic.  So, get ready for a powerful, fun, inspiring listen. The quality of this episode…
    - 40 days ago13 Jun 17, 3:35am -

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…
    - 93 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,…
    - 100 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…
    - 25 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…
    - 6 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…
    - 22 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

  • More than a table
    They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts.                            —Acts of the Apostles, 2:46 Last week, I had to buy a dining room table. It is the first time I’ve ever done so and to be hone…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 2:48pm -
  • The jail we are all in
    Photo credit: http://www.freeimages.com/photo/prison-1201356 I spend most of time going through life assuming that I am basically a good person who is OK with God. But, every now and then, I notice ugly thoughts jumble around inside me: Give them wha…
    - 13 days ago10 Jul 17, 7:05pm -
  • The Holy Mountain
    Last summer my partner and I spent a month in Ireland. Below is a reflection I wrote after climbing Croagh Patrick, an ancient pilgrimage site where St. Patrick was said to have fasted for 40 days in the 5th century. Up the holy mountain. Following a…
    - 18 days ago5 Jul 17, 12:40pm -
  • Peace beyond corners
    My most vivid memories of elementary school are from second grade. I had spiked hair (I’m not sure if it was cool back then or not), lost many of my baby teeth (earning a special certificate with each one) and played lots of playground football gam…
    - 26 days ago27 Jun 17, 3:15pm -
  • From stone to flesh
    Weeks before departing for my Holy Week Camino pilgrimage in April, I am out for one of my practice walks. Bundled into layers of winter clothing, I cross through muddy, grayish-tan grass crusted partly by winter’s snow melting into the thawing gro…
    - 30 days ago23 Jun 17, 5:03pm -

Catholic Sistas

  • Perfection or Perdition
    We were sitting at the dining room table when it happened. I was reading one of our homeschool books aloud while my older son was fumbling around with a pair of scissors- awkwardly trying to cut out puzzle pieces to glue to a frame. Predictably, he w…
    - 2 days ago21 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • Life Goals
    It happens to me every time I attend a funeral, especially a Catholic funeral Mass. I cry, I mourn and I thank God for the Catholic Church. A Requiem Mass is not just a ceremony but a prayer filled, beautiful sending home. While the loss of a loved o…
    - 3 days ago20 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • Lessons from Flynn
      What is it about parenting that can make us too controlling? How do we find the happy medium between guiding children and instilling independence? Do we care too much or are we missing something? What is the heart of the matter? How do we become h…
    - 4 days ago19 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • God: The Ultimate Artist
    I don’t consider myself an artist, but I am a creative and a lover of beauty. As such, I have a hard time seeing the arts marginalized today. Especially in the school systems and with our children, the arts are pushed aside, defunded, and are slowl…
    - 6 days ago17 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • Special Needs Parenting, Solo
      Parenting is hard work for any person, whether you have one, or two or 8 or 12 children. You learn to strategize, categorize needs, make schedules, chore charts, and instill any other number of flow charts so that life can come together with some…
    - 6 days ago17 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • The Importance of Decluttering Your Soul
    I stood at the doorway of my room, completely overwhelmed just looking at the piles I knew I finally had to deal with. I had been putting it off and letting it build up for far too long – years, in the case of some items, which made the task that m…
    - 9 days ago14 Jul 17, 11:00am -
  • False Crawls
    Question: What can live for up to 100 years, is known to be harmless to humans and moves no faster than 1 mph but can still scare the living daylights out of a grown woman who comes face-to-face with one? Answer: A sea turtle. Years ago, I was snorke…
    - 10 days ago13 Jul 17, 11:00am -

A Woman's Place

  • The Cry Room, Contempt, and Why I'm so Tired
    A few times a year it seems like the Catholic Internets break out the old Cry Room Debate, which is usually hotly followed by the Do Children Belong in Mass Debate, and I scroll through ridiculously long comment threads where individual comments also…
    - 3 days ago20 Jul 17, 1:49pm -
  • Date Days: A New Family Tradition
    I came up with the idea of wanting to start having Saturday "Date Days" with the kids quite a while ago, but when Paul was working nights as a doorman and days starting up his own business I knew it couldn't possibly be anything more than a dream.  …
    - 7 days ago16 Jul 17, 12:37pm -
  • The Birthday Weeks
    The last month has been a whirlwind of birthdays!  Sadie turned nine, Maggie turned seven, and Tessie celebrated her first birthday, all within two weeks and we were lucky enough to be able to celebrate both with my parents when they came out to vis…
    - 8 days ago15 Jul 17, 12:34pm -
  • The Second ER Trip
    I should probably begin with a disclaimer that I should have put into my last post. Most of the staff at the hospital was amazing when we took Tessie in last week, from the triage nurses, to the ER nurses, to her nurses, the nurse assistants, and the…
    - 37 days ago16 Jun 17, 11:00am -
  • Another Tessie Update
    I am so, so tired right now. Last Thursday I took this video about five minutes before Tessie's therapy session started:A few moments after I took this she was excitedly crawling to the door and attempting to go through her therapist's bag to see wha…
    - 37 days ago16 Jun 17, 2:14am -
  • The Best Answer: A Tessie Update
    I ended up rambling through all the questions we still have, but if you want to skip it and get straight to the main point of this post, the whole of the very, very good news we got today is in the first three paragraphs.I was just about to get into…
    - 53 days ago31 May 17, 2:08am -
  • A Tessie Cold
    Last week Tessie had a cold. It wasn't a bad cold.  She didn't have a fever.  She'd have a few coughing fits a day, but they weren't bad and her nose was runny but not particularly stuffy.  She could suck on her thumb and still breath.The first ni…
    - 56 days ago27 May 17, 11:34pm -

Forever and Always No Matter What

  • Homeschooling Quirky Learners
    Last fall we had two of our children evaluated by a psychologist regarding the possibility/probablity of  learning disabilities. One daughter we new without a doubt, we just wanted an official report for her records. The other daughter was mostly fo…
    - 3 days ago20 Jul 17, 12:56am -
  • Homeschool Planning and the Over-Scheduled Family
    Our society wears busyness like a badge of honor. Moms love to compare crazy schedules and outdo one another with how much we have to juggle. Next time you ask a friend or acquaintance how he or she has been, pay attention to how many people say “B…
    - 13 days ago10 Jul 17, 8:08pm -
  • Online Math Help for Struggling Learners
    I received a subscription for free and was compensated for my time. All of my opinions are honest and I was not required to post a positive review. Math is not my favorite subject, it never has been. I avoid math if at all possible. So then it comes…
    - 25 days ago28 Jun 17, 9:00am -
  • Middle School and Elementary Special Needs Curriculum 2017-2018
    I love it when it’s curriculum buying time and the homeschool catalogs start arriving in the mail. Although truth be told, I almost never stop curriculum browsing. I do enjoy the research of new curriculum. It’s less overwhelming now because we h…
    - 31 days ago22 Jun 17, 9:00am -
  • 10 Essentials Habits for Busy Moms
    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit. – Aristotle Moms who are successful or appear to have it all together aren’t necessarily better at organization, or smarter, they are people with good habits or good…
    - 35 days ago18 Jun 17, 9:00am -
  • 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…
    - 2 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…
    - 27 Mar 17, 9:00am -

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…
    - 21 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 16 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:…
    - 16 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 -