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Contemplative Homeschool

  • 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 […]
    - 52 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, […]
    - 58 days ago24 Feb 17, 4:31am -
  • A Beautiful Christmas to you and yours
    It’s Christmas! Time for my annual family update. These posts are a little more personal and less serious than my normal writings. If you are new to the blog, bear […]
    - 27 Dec 16, 8:59pm -

Campfires and Cleats

  • newSimiles, Sonnets, Structure: The Best Sources on Style for Any Writer <#AtoZbloggingchallenge >
    Writing and literature are my passions, as you know....< well,  blogging must = love of writing, right? 😉 >In addition to a love affair with the beauty of words,I've made a practice, through the years,  with my own writingand in my teaching an…
    - 18 hours ago22 Apr 17, 9:33pm -
  • Roadtrip! How to Economically Travel Cross Country ~ 5 Simple Tips
    I've definitely gotten vibes and  flat out statements of "Someday...." from reader comments and emails, that my family's trips, while they appear adventurous  < and educational at times >  seem to some,  difficult to afford and even exorbitan…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 3:43pm -
  • Queens Love: Growing Up in the Borough of Royals & the Five Best TV Shows Set There
    I have to brag.I'm  from The Big Apple.Specifically Queens, the borough of Royals, or so it's called.I get it.New Yorkers have a baaaaaad reputation for a lot of things.We're pushy, loud, intolerant, aggressive, hurried.That's what you're thinking…
    - 3 days ago20 Apr 17, 2:29pm -
  • Pansy Perfection < #ww #atozbloggingchallenge >
    I know, I know, yup, here I am,  resorting to cheesy alliteration and Wordless Wednesday to attack some of these 26 A to Z Blogging Challenge days this month......!I admit it.But really, these are among my favorite Spring flowers andthey're prof…
    - 4 days ago19 Apr 17, 1:46pm -
  • Ordinary Moments < #AtoZbloggingchallenge >
    We've been on a Doctor Who rewatch binge lately( tons of my Doctor Who related posts here  - parties, fun stuff, gifs, etc! )  and wow,  some of the Doctor's pearls of wisdom are just legendary.This line  from the Ninth Doctor in season…
    - 5 days ago18 Apr 17, 12:41pm -
  • Basket of Blessings Giveaway ~ Just in Time for Mother's Day!
    Happy Easter Monday, my friends!Taking a brief intermission from April's #AtoZbloggingchallengeto bring you some news of a cheerful giveaway~~~~Believe it or not, Mother's Day is juuuust around the corner and you guys,my friend, Ginny, has generously…
    - 6 days ago18 Apr 17, 12:27am -
  • New Life in the Resurrection! Happy Easter!
    Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene went to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed from the entrance(John 20:1 )Now Mary stood outside the tomb crying. As she wept, she bent over to look into the…
    - 7 days ago16 Apr 17, 5:13am -

Do Small Things with Love

  • Necessary Selfishness of Starting a Business
    Today I want to write to all those dreamers out there.  Those at-home-parents with a spark of an idea.  Those wanna-be entrepreneurs, on the very threshold of something big, with their foot extended, just about to take that first step…when guilt…
    - 14 days ago9 Apr 17, 8:40am -
  • 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…
    - 21 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…
    - 46 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…
    - 65 days ago17 Feb 17, 8:00am -
  • St Barbara and Blessed Oscar Romero {free cross stitch patterns!}
    If I have learned anything while making my Saint Cross Stitch Patterns this past year and a half, it is that we have so many awesome saints in the Catholic Church.  SO MANY!  Every time I finish making yet another massive batch of patterns of belo…
    - 76 days ago6 Feb 17, 4:05am -
  • The JESUS TREE: Lenten Scripture Activity
    Friends!  I have been dreaming and thinking about this JESUS TREE for about 2 years now–and today is finally the day I share it with you! <<happy dance!!>>  There are few things I love more than dreaming something up, making it a reality and then…
    - 88 days ago25 Jan 17, 5:00am -
  • Rosary Quiet Books: Video Tutorials and a Simpler Version
    I hit publish on my ROSARY QUIET BOOK just under two years ago.  At the time I published the pattern I had very low expectations for it.  I was excited for my own children to use the rosary quiet book I had made, but would people really be interest…
    - 99 days ago14 Jan 17, 9:05am -

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…
    - 2 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,…
    - 9 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…
    - 29 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…
    - 48 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…
    - 60 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…
    - 88 days ago25 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…
    - 99 days ago14 Jan 17, 4:07pm -

Messy Jesus Business

  • With apologies to Agathon
    “O happy fault, that earned so great, so glorious a Redeemer!” ~ “The Exsultet: The Proclamation of Easter” It seems lately that many people around me are having a tough time. Perhaps it’s just my perception but in my day-to-day conversatio…
    - 4 days ago19 Apr 17, 2:18pm -
  • Holy Week is here
    Here we are! The Lenten journey is ending and it is time to emerge from the desert and enter into the Paschal mystery. Holy Week has arrived! Here’s a quick background on these sacred days in the Church year:     For your prayer and mediation thi…
    - 13 days ago10 Apr 17, 12:54pm -
  • The beauty of brokenness
    An old building in disrepair, collapsing toward the ground. A rusting, defective car, stuck in layers of mud. Shattered glass. Melting candle. Cracked eggshells. Chipped ceramics. The sight of the simplest crack in a sidewalk can still my body, stun…
    - 18 days ago5 Apr 17, 3:04pm -
  • Praying with my feet: called to El Camino
    For over a thousand years, millions of pilgrims have walked across Spain to the Catedral de Santiago (Cathedral of St. James). During Holy Week, I will become one of those pilgrims. This Lent, much of my energy and prayer has been focused on preparin…
    - 23 days ago31 Mar 17, 2:26pm -
  • Celibate Living in a Sex-Obsessed Society
    Driving home from another ministry excursion, I pass billboard after billboard saying there are sex shops nearby. With each sighting, my stomach turns with sickness, my face falls into a frown. I am tempted to ignore the anguish, to shield my thought…
    - 37 days ago17 Mar 17, 12:28pm -

Catholic Sistas

  • A New Marian Devotional You Absolutely Need
    Whether you have a devotion to Our Blessed Mother or not, the Manual for Marian Devotion by the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, is a handy little books for everything you need to know about Mary. It would be great for personal use…
    - 2 days ago21 Apr 17, 4:00pm -
  • Technology In the Homeschool for the Not So Tech Savvy Parent
    Today I am going to share a little bit about technology in the classroom – the homeschool classroom that is. I think this is an area where some of us fall down – just a little. Have no fear – I will offer you a little insight as to how you migh…
    - 9 days ago14 Apr 17, 4:00pm -
  • A Reflection Revisited: I am Barabbas
    As I sat in Mass this past Sunday I struggled to participate in the Gospel reading. Each year I am choked up by the words that we are asked to say when we call for the release of the prisoner Barabbas over Jesus. Even more difficult is to participate…
    - 10 days ago13 Apr 17, 4:00pm -
  • Spring Break
    Spring Break… Answering the Challenge          As Spring Break approached, it seems the talk of the school and even the city, centers around where everyone is going.  Florida, Mexico, cruises… they all seem to be popular answers. Those of…
    - 12 days ago11 Apr 17, 4:00pm -
  • Resting in the Blessing of God’s Presence
    Addie (our five year old daughter with cystic fibrosis) had another clean culture last month: normal respiratory flora and normal vitamin levels. We’re all happy she’s had such good luck. And I do call it luck, not blessings or hard work paying o…
    - 13 days ago10 Apr 17, 4:00pm -
  • Lectio Divina: Palm Sunday (Year A)
    One of the aspects of lectio divina that I like is the chance to spend some time with God on a short bit of Scripture. God can speak to us through only one word or maybe just a short phrase. This gets harder to do when you have really long Gospel pas…
    - 16 days ago7 Apr 17, 4:00pm -
  • An Introvert’s Guide to Evangelization
    Several months ago, my husband became involved with a ministry called St. Paul Street Evangelization. He goes out into the community and talks to random passersby, handing out rosaries or other religious items. Recently, he asked me if I wanted to go…
    - 17 days ago6 Apr 17, 4:00pm -

A Woman's Place

  • A Rant, An Update, and that time I almost lost my mind
    I planned on writing an update the night after we got back from the appointment with Tessie's pulmonologist, but I couldn't.  I was too angry (not at her doctor).  It would have been a rant and besides, I didn't have anything to tell you.So I held…
    - 4 days ago20 Apr 17, 2:40am -
  • Super Tessie Update
    I realized at around 3:30 this afternoon that it was unlikely that we were going to hear from the neurology office today and that we were heading into the weekend without any answers.And so, sounding truly pathetic, I called and left a message for he…
    - 16 days ago7 Apr 17, 10:58pm -
  • While We Wait
    Looking back to that phone call two weeks ago, when the results of Tessie's MRI came back, I realize that the person who called selected their words very carefully. She said "I was calling to let you know that your daughter doesn't have the brain mal…
    - 17 days ago7 Apr 17, 1:40am -
  • The Tessie Update: A Jumble of Thoughts, Relief, and Worries
    I'm not sure why I've been struggling to sit down and post lately.  Things have been busy, as they tend to be around here, but I have had time. It's just that every time I sit down to write the Tessie post that I've been meaning to update all of the…
    - 20 days ago3 Apr 17, 1:23pm -
  • Baby Doll Tessie
    When she isn't zipping around the house following the big kids around (and sometimes when she is) she kind of reminds me of a doll.  It's got to be all that smiling she does!  
    - 43 days ago12 Mar 17, 1:54am -
  • A Diagnosis
    Where to start? The last couple of weeks have been intense, between the appointments that we already have, and Tessie's appointments, the calendar has been packed. On the Monday after I wrote my last post, Tessie, Sadie and I made the hour and a half…
    - 50 days ago4 Mar 17, 4:46pm -
  • A New Sleep Study
    I originally wrote this as a Facebook status update, but realized as I finished it and posted it on my personal page that it is basically a blog post in length. And it's an update as to what has been going on these last few weeks while I've been wai…
    - 64 days ago18 Feb 17, 11:53am -

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…
    - 21 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…
    - 27 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…
    - 32 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…
    - 83 days ago30 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…
    - 61 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…
    - 62 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…
    - 66 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:…
    - 67 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?…
    - 73 days ago9 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 -