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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 […]
    - 24 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, […]
    - 30 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 […]
    - 89 days ago27 Dec 16, 8:59pm -

Campfires and Cleats

  • Cute Critters #WW
    Stopping in to introduce the newest membersof the family.:Names are still undecided, bit really,are they not the cutest, cuddliest little beings??I'm sure they'll be featured on the blog quite a bit.We love "the girls" already.There's SO much to say…
    - 4 days ago22 Mar 17, 2:07pm -
  • Sponsor Love ~ Great Deals and Quality Merchandise!
        Thanks so much for stopping by to shop my sponsorsfor quality items and great deals!I've several brand new sponsors to introduce to you all today, along with a few returning sponsors as well. the products and companies I'm sharing with you t…
    - 21 days ago5 Mar 17, 8:18pm -
  • Spring Cleaning & Fixing Up? Here's just the thing:
    Spring is in the air...and that means promised days of outdoorand backyard use.Yay---how exciting!I stumbled upon some great deals at  Amazon Home Services and found that they offer customers over a thousand different services.....Their  quality,…
    - 24 days ago2 Mar 17, 10:30pm -
  • The Penitence of Everyday Life or Lent, We're Living You All Year Long
    Growing up in the '70s and going to Catholic schoolmeant being served an exorbitant portion of humility on a daily basis.Then...... just as we're emerging from the drearinessand endless dark days of winter, along comes Lent,smack in the middle of wh…
    - 25 days ago2 Mar 17, 1:57am -
  • What's Saving My Life Right Now ~ from purses to organizers to book series to friends~
    I love memoir.Just adore it.As a writer, poet and memoirist myself, I can't get enough of others' stories.And that's not due to a voyeuristic streak or anything----or even a love of biographies.<Because biographies?  blech. >Nope.It's the need I ha…
    - 27 days ago27 Feb 17, 10:33pm -
  • What's on My Night Table? { Fiction, Dyslexia, Sacramental prep }
    I've been reading a few  titles latelythat are seriously share worthy.... Can't wait to get started!Dyslexia Empowerment PlanI've written a tremendous amount about dyslexia,a tremendous amount.This is my latest "find" on advocating for yourchild an…
    - 28 days ago26 Feb 17, 10:44pm -
  • Top 7 Must - See Movies with a Christian Theme { And a T shirt GIVEAWAY! }
    Like most families, we enjoy an evening settled undercomforters, popcorn or hot cocoa nearby, spending timewith a movie that's not only entertaining, but also containsa message, inspiration, or at the very least, leaves you with thefeeling that you a…
    - 29 days ago25 Feb 17, 7:13pm -

Do Small Things with Love

  • 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…
    - 18 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…
    - 37 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…
    - 48 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…
    - 60 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…
    - 71 days ago14 Jan 17, 9:05am -
  • Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary: Free Coloring Book
    Today I’m thrilled to be sharing another one of my Uncle Dan’s hand-drawn creations: The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary Coloring Pages.  Just like the Pop-Up Baby Jesus Activity I shared from him before Christmas, he is allowing me to share this…
    - 75 days ago10 Jan 17, 9:03am -
  • The ONLY WAY to be Happy as a Stay-At-Home Parent
    Dear At-Home Parents, This post has the power to radically change your life for the better.  I mean it.  This concept is the key to being and staying happy while at-home with the kids full-time.  So, if you wrestle with feelings of failure, burnou…
    - 82 days ago3 Jan 17, 11:00pm -

Sacremental Life

  • newFatima, 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…
    - 21 hours 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…
    - 20 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…
    - 32 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…
    - 60 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…
    - 71 days ago14 Jan 17, 4:07pm -
  • The Sanctifying Humanity of Jesus’ Incarnation – December 24, 2016
    “The hidden life at Nazareth allows everyone to enter into fellowship with Jesus by the most ordinary events of daily life.” (CCC 533) The Incarnation of God as man is a scandal. The first century Jews were expecting a Messiah, but did not concei…
    - 92 days ago24 Dec 16, 9:56pm -
  • Our Supersubstantial Bread – December 5, 2016
    “Grant us this day our daily manna.” Dante, Purgatorio, Canto XI The Lord has left us a mystery to contemplate. It is right there in the middle of the “Our Father” when Jesus teaches us to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” (Mt. 6:…
    - 5 Dec 16, 1:22pm -

Messy Jesus Business

  • 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…
    - 9 days ago17 Mar 17, 12:28pm -
  • Anxious resistance
    I had a knot in my stomach all day. I couldn’t focus at work. I lost my appetite. I felt exhausted as soon as I woke up. My mind was running with a thousand scenarios of things going wrong. I became keenly aware of that familiar feeling: a low-grad…
    - 11 days ago15 Mar 17, 2:24pm -
  • Be perfect
    Hypocrisy. According to Google, it’s “The practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform; pretense.” It’s a dirty word; the worst of insults in religious circles. Why, then, do those who…
    - 19 days ago7 Mar 17, 4:41pm -
  • Marked
     Most days, our schedules are clogged with avoidance: We’d rather ignore the inevitable smudge of human decay.   This morning though, Ash Wednesday, we step into lines and confront the truth of pain.   We allow strangers to mark us with a messag…
    - 25 days ago1 Mar 17, 1:52pm -
  • Bread, art and a kindergarten heart
      “NO! I HATE this part of the bread! I won’t eat it!” My daughter had just realized that her peanut butter and honey toast was made with an “all-crust” heel piece. To a five-year-old who has never known true crisis, this realization is…
    - 32 days ago22 Feb 17, 1:18pm -

Catholic Sistas

  • In Honor of St. Joseph: Our Guide, Our Intercessor, Our Friend
    I picked up the phone and heard my sister’s ecstatic voice on the line. “WE HAVE SOMEONE INTERESTED IN THE HOUSE!”  My heart sang and I smiled. I could hardly believe my ears! This was good news, and a very big thank you was owed to St. Joseph…
    - 6 days ago20 Mar 17, 5:00pm -
  • Lectio Divina: Third Sunday of Lent (2017)
    I feel like Lent just started and yet here we are at the Third Sunday of Lent already. It seems to be going by too fast. It makes me wonder if I am not being sacrificial enough. But I need to be careful there, no one wants to go down the road of scru…
    - 9 days ago17 Mar 17, 5:00pm -
  • Be Still
               “Be still.” Really? I have so much to do, places to go. Again, “be still.”  Through a number of places and people, God has been telling me to “be still” this year.            I am notorious for being late…
    - 12 days ago14 Mar 17, 5:00pm -
  • Was the Eucharist Ever a Little Snack?
    An acquaintance recently joked, “-slippery slope! The Eucharist started out as ‘snack time’ for the Catholics and look where that went!“ I’m not sure he knows how a slippery slope works. The Eucharist is a Christian teaching that has remain…
    - 13 days ago13 Mar 17, 5:00pm -
  • Boob Tube Homeschooling
    Our Alaskan sun begins shining through the windows again in February and stirs desires for planting and prettiness that the still-deep snow squelches. Because I get a little burned out this time of year, I purchase Shiny Things for the children to pl…
    - 17 days ago9 Mar 17, 5:00pm -
  • In the Eye of the Storm
    Our real life storm lately has been our baby’s diagnosis with Type 1 diabetes. And although this ‘storm’ isn’t our first and most certainly won’t be our last, it did bring to mind how I need to be more mindful to care for others who might b…
    - 20 days ago6 Mar 17, 5:00pm -
  • Lectio Divina: First Sunday of Lent (2017)
    I always feel a shift in my own life when the Church shifts into Lent. Do you as well? There are a few subtle changes in the Mass (no Gloria, no Alleluia), the readings take on a more solemn tone, the colors change, and there is a greater focus on co…
    - 23 days ago3 Mar 17, 5:00pm -

A Woman's Place

  • 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!  
    - 15 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…
    - 22 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…
    - 36 days ago18 Feb 17, 11:53am -
  • What Must I Do?
    Luke 10: 25-37There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?”  He said in reply, “You shall love th…
    - 56 days ago29 Jan 17, 4:12pm -
  • The CD of the MRI
    While we were in the hospital the doctors really wanted to be able to see Tessie's brain stem.  That region of the brain controls breathing and since no breathing was the biggest problem that she was facing, making sure that part of her brain was no…
    - 59 days ago26 Jan 17, 1:11pm -
  • My Wish for You
    Yesterday was a punch in the gut. I want to write happy. You have no idea how badly I want to write happy. But right now I'm afraid. As the mother of a child with rather intensive special needs I'm actually terrified.I've been told I shouldn't be.  …
    - 60 days ago25 Jan 17, 6:13pm -
  • Another Tessie Update
    We saw Tessie's primary care doctor today.  She knew everything that had happened.  She hadn't seen us in the hospital because when she had been about to come to see us she'd been told we were being sent home (I'd been told the same thing) but then…
    - 61 days ago24 Jan 17, 3:46am -

Forever and Always No Matter What

  • 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…
    - 4 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…
    - 55 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 -
  • Fall Homeschooling Slump
    Say what? Who has a homeschooling slump in the fall? In all of our years of homeschooling (11 so far!). I, we, have never had such a dramatic slump in the middle of fall. January, February, or March? Of course. Especially when we lived in Michigan. L…
    - 19 Oct 16, 10:00am -
  • Tweaks to Our Morning Routine
    (Affiliate links) The first few minutes of the day set the stage for the rest of the day. Am I right?? For the most part our morning routine was okay, BUT, just not where I wanted it to be. I wanted to try a few small tweaks to our homeschool morning…
    - 21 Aug 16, 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…
    - 33 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…
    - 34 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…
    - 38 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:…
    - 39 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?…
    - 45 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…
    - 73 days ago12 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…
    - 77 days ago8 Jan 17, 9:02pm -