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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 […]
    - 30 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

  • On the Road Again ~ Travelogue! #WW
    It's been almost a month since I checked in here to my home on the web AND, wow, have  I missed you!!!We've been on the road, busy  traveling and racking up about 7000 milesacross this beautiful country of ours.Uninterrupted family time was enjoy…
    - 36 days ago15 Aug 17, 11:00pm -
  • 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…
    - 65 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…
    - 70 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"…
    - 71 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…
    - 71 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…
    - 73 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…
    - 81 days ago1 Jul 17, 10:43pm -

Do Small Things with Love

  • newWhen your life is very small
    Each day we do a million things.  We do a million little, often futile, frustrating, dirty, tedious, and thankless things. We set out food, clean dishes, sweep floors, change diapers, pull weeds, pick up, drop off, walk dogs, comfort toddlers, brake…
    - 5 hours ago20 Sep 17, 10:03am -
  • J1ST 016: Dealing with Overwhelm
    LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID I’m back!  I know that you set your lives by the release of my podcast episodes (ha!  so very kidding) and have been wondering why I have been so slow to release another episode.  Well, to know the answer to th…
    - 6 days ago14 Sep 17, 7:32pm -
  • Meaningful Play with Scripture Stackers
    Full disclosure, I was compensated for this post, but I honestly LOVE this product, and would have shared it regardless. The following post includes affilate links.   I have a love hate relationship with toys in my house.  Or, rather, I mostly hate…
    - 10 days ago11 Sep 17, 1:33am -
  • J1ST 015: A Catholic Mom’s Guide to Mass
      LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID I have another podcast episode for you today, hot off the presses!  And this one is super practical.  It is A Catholic Mom’s Guide To Mass, if I can call my humble collection of thoughts and tips something as…
    - 26 days ago25 Aug 17, 8:47am -
  • J1ST 014: Katie on Catholic Support of Mothers
    LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Today’s episode is beautiful.  That is just a fact. Katie Wood of The Joyful Leap joins me on today’s episode and you are going to be captivated and motivated by the beauty of what she has to share.  I certain…
    - 35 days ago16 Aug 17, 6:34am -
  • J1ST 013: The Need for Theology and Practical
    LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Today’s episode goes out to all the married ladies out there with imperfect marriages…so all of us!  Chief among them…me! The ideas behind today’s episode come from the months of research and prayer and sou…
    - 47 days ago4 Aug 17, 11:08pm -
  • J1ST 012: The Little Way of Motherhood
    LISTEN ON ITUNES LISTEN ON ANDROID Hey there my friends! I’m back today with another installment of the Just One Small Thing Podcast.  I’m flying solo, but I came armed with one of my favorite Saints, St. Therese of Lisieux.  Perhaps you have n…
    - 53 days ago29 Jul 17, 9:04pm -

Sacremental Life

  • The Power of Silence Amidst the Noise of the World – September 12, 2017
    Saint John tells us in the Book of Revelation “when the Lamb opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.” (Rev. 8:1) The silence of heaven rests above the great din of the world. Before the immensity of the Infini…
    - 8 days ago12 Sep 17, 4:04am -
  • The Only Thing that Matters – September 11, 2017
    Life is fleetingly short. The minutes and seconds of our earthly lives are trickling down inexorably like grains of sand falling through the hourglass. Christ on his judgment seat holds the hourglass for each of our lives, watching, and waiting for t…
    - 9 days ago11 Sep 17, 9:53pm -
  • Mary and The Great American Solar Eclipse – August 16, 2017
    Darkness is coming over America. For the first time in nearly 100 years a total solar eclipse will be visible from coast to coast across the United States. Monday August 21st will be “The Great American Eclipse.” It will be an American-centric ev…
    - 34 days ago17 Aug 17, 2:58am -
  • Reconsidering Contraception and the Way of Life – July 26, 2017
    Contraception was not always as widely accepted as it is now. This is important to remember, especially for those of us born after the so-called sexual revolution, when contraceptives have become nearly ubiquitous, even farcical to the point of absur…
    - 55 days ago27 Jul 17, 5:44am -
  • 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…
    - 21 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,…
    - 14 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 -

Messy Jesus Business

  • We’re standing on holy ground
    We arrive at the memorial already soaked. The rain has been pouring down for about an hour, making our one little umbrella woefully insufficient for our entire group. We huddle in the cab, unwilling to take that first step out into the dark, wet city…
    - 5 days ago15 Sep 17, 3:52pm -
  • When disaster strikes, God remains
    So faith, hope, love remain, these three; but the greatest of these is love. ~ 1 Corinthians 13:13   The two narratives twist together when the waters churn and the fears rise, when the winds blow and doubts intensify, when the flames destroy and h…
    - 14 days ago6 Sep 17, 8:14pm -
  • Jesus is way cooler than Spider-Man!
    “Why is Jesus cooler than Spider-Man?” asked a seventh grader. His question wasn’t completely out of the blue. He, along with dozens of us spending the week at  Flathead Lutheran Bible Camp in northern Montana, had recently learned a new way t…
    - 21 days ago30 Aug 17, 12:48pm -
  • I’m so glad you called
    His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son.’ But his father ordered his servants, ‘Quickly bring the finest robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals…
    - 28 days ago23 Aug 17, 2:10pm -
  • Praying with voices from Charlottesville and learning how I am racist
    I have never been to Charlottesville. In fact, I have barely spent anytime in the American South. Like most people, though, I am horrified and sickened by the ugliness of racism that has been expressed there recently, especially last weekend. I want…
    - 35 days ago16 Aug 17, 9:09pm -

Catholic Sistas

  • The Story Behind Catholic Sistas and Dovetail Ink
    By now, you’ve probably noticed that Madonna of the Lilies has been an inspirational part of Catholic Sistas from day one. You may also have noticed a rendition of that William-Adolphe Bouguereau print that I commissioned Monica Welch of Dovetail…
    - 5 days ago15 Sep 17, 4:30pm -
  • Something Beautiful
    I have a love/hate relationship with social media. I have given up on most platforms. Twitter seems like a savage wasteland to me. People don’t really care about “linking up” with you on LinkedIn if you have had the same job title for almost te…
    - 5 days ago15 Sep 17, 11:00am -
  • Stop Running in Circles & Accept Our Lady’s Gift
    Everyone has their own story from 9/11/2001. When my husband called me on the phone from work, I turned on the television and watched the events of the day in disbelief. Then all of a sudden, I ran up to my bedroom and put on my Brown Scapular; it ha…
    - 7 days ago13 Sep 17, 11:00am -
  • A Recipe for Catholicism
    Being Christian is tough at times. Being Catholic? Even harder most times! Sometimes, as Catholics, it can be difficult to explain our Faith, let alone convince others about our beliefs. As I have explained to my husband (who is Methodist), as a Cath…
    - 12 days ago8 Sep 17, 11:00am -
  • Deliver Us
    Sometimes I wonder what the world would look like if no one prayed. And then, I thank God for all those who believe in the power of prayer and use it. Right this minute there are cloistered nuns and monks praying for you and for me. These men and wom…
    - 13 days ago7 Sep 17, 1:14pm -
  • Necessary Heroism: A Reflection on Dunkirk
    Disclaimer: This blog post contains spoilers.  Also, Dunkirk contains violence and intense situations.  I cried for half of the movie (no exaggeration, just ask my mom).  If you can handle bombs exploding and gunfire (and wasting a fair number of…
    - 14 days ago6 Sep 17, 11:00am -
  • That They All May Be One: Mother As Peacemaker
    Recently a dear priest gave a homily on St. Elizabeth of Portugal. She was the great-granddaughter of St. Elizabeth of Hungary. Like the other Elizabeth, through marriage, she became Queen of a country different from her own. She did all she could to…
    - 21 days ago30 Aug 17, 11:00am -

A Woman's Place

  • First Days of School
    I couldn't let the beginning of the school year go by without a somewhat belated back to school post.  Sadie and Patrick kicked off the beginning of their school year at the end of August. Patrick is now in the four year old preschool class and Sad…
    - 2 days ago19 Sep 17, 2:11am -
  • How much room do they need?
    "Momma, sometimes at night magic picks me up and carries me out of my room and into your room and puts me into your bed!"Really?  That's why when I got out of the shower the other morning I found this scene stretched out across my side of the bed?An…
    - 2 days ago18 Sep 17, 11:00am -
  • Imaginary Bows and Being Two
    The other day Tessie's therapist was here and we were talking about her developmental milestones when an argument of sorts broke out on the other side of the room.  It was loud.  There were tears.  "I have a bow on my tail!  And you don't get a b…
    - 3 days ago17 Sep 17, 7:40pm -
  • On iPads in Mass and Other Perspectives
    I was sitting in a hospital room, holding Tessie on my lap, wrapped like a little burrito, while the EEG tech tried to attach electrodes to her head.  A young woman was there whose job was to help advocate for Tessie and to help entertain her.  She…
    - 46 days ago5 Aug 17, 1:58pm -
  • 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…
    - 62 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.  …
    - 66 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…
    - 67 days ago15 Jul 17, 12:34pm -

Forever and Always No Matter What

  • Morning Time with Teenagers
    (contains affiliate links-thank you for your support!) Teenagers. We love to joke about their moodiness and their messiness (with good reason!), but teenagers are also a lot of fun. They are developing strong opinions about life and like to share the…
    - 1 day ago19 Sep 17, 9:00am -
  • Hurricane Irma in Our Homeschool
    (photo credit) We have had a whirlwind of excitement (and stress!) in our home over the last week or so! Let me start by saying we are so very fortunate that we did not lose power (at all!) and our home escaped damage. We had to do some minor raking…
    - 6 days ago14 Sep 17, 1:42pm -
  • Favorite Homeschool Supplies
    *may contain affiliate links Much like homeschooling in general, no two homeschool moms are going to have the same “favorites”. When we first started homeschooling, it used to drive me crazy when I would say to a veteran mom “tell me what your…
    - 29 days ago22 Aug 17, 9:00am -
  • Why We Homeschool
    I made a short video (because I know your time is precious!) on why we started homeschooling and why we continue to homeschool. Almost everyone will have a different why and after 10 plus years of homeschooling our why has evolved, yet stayed the sam…
    - 36 days ago15 Aug 17, 9:00am -
  • Online Program for a Struggling Reader
    I received access to this product for free and was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own, honest and I was not required to write a positive review. We are going on our 12th year of homeschooling. 12 years. I have taught/will teach reading…
    - 41 days ago10 Aug 17, 9:00am -
  • Saint Notebooking Pages
    Learning about the Saints that have gone before us is a fantastic way to learn more about our Catholic faith. It’s a way for our children to get a glimpse of how other Catholics have persevered through many very challenging situations. Notebooking…
    - 42 days ago9 Aug 17, 5:38pm -
  • 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 knew without a doubt, we just wanted an official report for her records. The other daughter was mostly f…
    - 63 days ago20 Jul 17, 12:56am -

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 -