Friday, August 18, 2017

7-Quick Takes

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1. Tomorrow is my high school class reunion. I was torn about whether or not to attend. However, since we have taken three road trips this summer already, and planned and carried out a big graduation party, AND are trying desperately to get the flip house ready for my son Gabe and his little girl to move in, I'm just too tired to do it. I've been watching the notifications from classmates come in on Facebook and I long to be there, but it's just not in the cards for me.

They did put out a list of all the deceased members of my class and I was surprised and saddened to note that two of the young men I had crushes on in jr. high and early high school were on the list. Interestingly, of the 23 people on the list, only 3 were women.

They are having a mass, but I don't think most of the class is even Catholic any more. I think that's sad too, but in retrospect, I don't think the high school did everything it could to foster the faith. 

2.  The Flip house has been keeping us busy all summer long. First we were under orders from the city of Akron, (which apparently doesn't want people to buy non-primary residences in the city limits) to get a whole list of things done on the outside of the house. We complied with that and got it all done by July 24.

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But the next challenge was to make the indoors livable. In a brief two-week period, Gabe found out his rent was going up by $200 a month and he lost his long-time job when the art studio he worked for laid off all of their employees. So Mr. Pete and I looked at each other and decided we would get the house ready for him go move in and rent from us while he gets back on his feet and builds up a credit rating.

But the house needs everything! We originally thought we  would be able to do it. But now we are going to have to settle for getting two bedrooms and a bathroom done, and the kitchen in usable order. We're going to have to close off the tiny bedroom and the back sun room so that Miss C. won't mess with the tools in them. Our new goal is to make it habitable (meaning a few steps up from camping in a trailer) by the end of the month, and then "pretty" before Miss C's birthday the end of October.

3.  Miss C had a great week!

She went to mass with us for the Feast of the Assumption on Tuesday.
She made cupcakes


played in her pools

and even helped us carry some trash out of the flip house - her future home!

4.  Rosie ran her first race of the season yesterday. It was hot, humid and 500 people were running with her. She did not run her best, but we learned some things.

  • Having her big meal at noon for a night race was very helpful. That means on race days where she runs in the afternoon, a good breakfast will be key.
  • She needs to be better hydrated before she races. Rosie said she felt light headed during the run. 
  • Her big problem is still trying to get out in front as fast as she can so that she doesn't get blocked in!

Rosie running the Heideman 2017

5.   I have been acting as registrar for my homeschool co-op and I am just amazed at how many people wait until the last few weeks of summer to get their registrations in.  Yet, while I am chastising these people in my mind and muttering under my breath as I change their registrations or enter them into the computer, I am just as negligent in planning something for the eclipse on Monday! I think I am going to try to make one of those viewing boxes and maybe head to one of the events planned in town to experience this event!

6,  We are a nation of lemmings. I'm just happy that this year's spotlight for the wrath of the nation are old war monuments instead of police officers.

Meanwhile, why we revisit the Civil War and World War II, this happened. 

Also, since everyone is now so interested in history, this is a good review!

7. Friday Freebie - Free and 99 cent Kindle Books from the Home Scholar.  What I love about these little resources is that I could quickly and economically get them on my kindle to get quick answers to the questions I had right now!  Lee's straight forward but friendly writing style  was always a source of encouragement to me that I could get through the high school years!

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I have this one in a soft cover, but it's free with Kindle Unlimited.  What a great way to finish out summer and start the school year with these easy, quick and informative kindle books!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Deer on the utility pipe - near Akron OH

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

The Assumption of Mary

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Today the church celebrates  Mary's Assumption into heaven. This is one of the greatest events on the liturgical calendar, because Mary's assumption of her earthly body into heaven is one of the best examples of what we say in the creed every single Sunday about the resurrection of the dead. The Catechism tells us:

966 "Finally the Immaculate Virgin, preserved free from all stain of original sin, when the course of her earthly life was finished, was taken up body and soul into heavenly glory,

A certain reminder to us that we too will be reunited with Christ one day, body and soul.

Mary's assumption has been a longstanding teaching of the church:

Scripture Catholic has quotations from the early Church regarding this doctrine.
“If the Holy Virgin had died and was buried, her falling asleep would have been surrounded with honour, death would have found her pure, and her crown would have been a virginal one...Had she been martyred according to what is written: 'Thine own soul a sword shall pierce', then she would shine gloriously among the martyrs, and her holy body would have been declared blessed; for by her, did light come to the world."
Epiphanius, Panarion, 78:23 (A.D. 377).

"[T]he Apostles took up her body on a bier and placed it in a tomb; and they guarded it, expecting the Lord to come. And behold, again the Lord stood by them; and the holy body having been received, He commanded that it be taken in a cloud into paradise: where now, rejoined to the soul, [Mary] rejoices with the Lord's chosen ones..." Gregory of Tours, Eight Books of Miracles, 1:4 (inter A.D. 575-593).

"As the most glorious Mother of Christ, our Savior and God and the giver of life and immortality, has been endowed with life by him, she has received an eternal incorruptibility of the body together with him who has raised her up from the tomb and has taken her up to himself in a way known only to him." Modestus of Jerusalem, Encomium in dormitionnem Sanctissimae Dominae nostrae Deiparae semperque Virginis Mariae (PG 86-II,3306),(ante A.D. 634).

"It was fitting ...that the most holy-body of Mary, God-bearing body, receptacle of God, divinised, incorruptible, illuminated by divine grace and full glory ...should be entrusted to the earth for a little while and raised up to heaven in glory, with her soul pleasing to God." Theoteknos of Livias, Homily on the Assumption (ante A.D. 650).

From The Year and Our Children by Mary Reed Newland.

Our Lady fell asleep at last after the yeas of living with St. John and waiting for Heaven, and all the Apostles were gathered about her bed. Except St. Thomas. He was off in India preaching the Gospel and couldn't get back in time although an angel is supposed to have told him to hurry. The Apostles carried her body to the tomb and laid it there and some time afterward they discovered that it was gone. They naturally concluded that it had been taken to Heaven (as indeed it had). Then St. Thomas came home, and when they went out to meet him and to explain, he would not believe. He would not believe, the legend says, until he had seen for himself. So they took him to see where they had laid Our Lady's body and in its place were flowers. Looking up, St. Thomas saw her going up to Heaven; and to convince him at least, an angel brought the girdle she had fastened about her rob, and dropped it to Thomas. 

On November 1, 1950, Pope Pius XII defined the Assumption of the Blessed Mother of God into heaven in the following words: We pronounce, declare, and define it to be a divinely revealed dogma: that the Immaculate Mother of God, the ever Virgin Mary, having completed the course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory." Catholic Culture

Ways to celebrate the feast day!

This is a nice day to place a statue of Mary on your table at home and place some beautiful flowers around it with a simple votive candle if possible.  For little kids (or older kids who can't stand to have a candle going without playing with it) the little battery powered votive candles are nice.

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The whole family could say all the Marian prayers before dinner, and of course be sure to attend mass!
Hail Holy Queen
Hail Mary

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After Mass talk about the celebration with your child. Discuss the meaning of the feast, and why it is important to Catholics. This would be a good opportunity to talk about motherhood, death and heaven -- and to answer questions. (Take advantage of 'teaching moments'!)

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Craft for kids!
Mary Ornament


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