Monday, March 30, 2015

Simple Woman



Outside my window...
Old Barn,  Defiance County Ohio
Tim Tonjes via Flickr licensed via cc. 

I am thinking...
My cousin Jerry is updating the family tree for our very large family.  (Jerry is my first cousin once removed. His father and my grandfather were brothers.)  Anyway, we have some parts of our tree that needed to be updated - for example we will be adding a new bride this summer, and we also have my fairly new brother-in-law from a few years ago.  So I started asking my sister for some information, like dates and places of birth and she told me she was uncomfortable giving that information out because of concerns over identity theft.

That never occurred to me!   Turns out Sis was right to be concerned. 

And I think that's really sad.  As more people wisely limit the information they give out for family genealogies, how will future history sleuths or even family genealogists be able to track down information about their ancestors?  I know that I have had so much joy in learning about my ancestry, but I don't know that my great-greats will have as much luck, at least for this period of time when information has to be so carefully guarded!  Maybe that is what the early 21st century will be noted for.  I can just imagine the conversations...

"Well I traced the family back to early 2015, but then the trail went dry - security concerns about identity theft was rampant back then!"

I am thankful...
for the beauty of Holy Week.  I have managed to make it to confession twice this Lenten season. Last Friday I told the priest that I felt I hadn't done as much as I had wanted to do and he told me to just pour everything into this last week of Lent!   So that's what I'm going to try to do!

I am Pondering...
spring cleaning.  I know there are some super homeschool sites that do big cleaning all year long so that there is no need for spring cleaning.  I am not one of them. But today we tackled the living room and tomorrow we will get the dining room and kitchen in preparation for the Triduum and Easter Sunday.

I am also pondering the idea of my oldest son moving 7 or 8 hours away for his new job.  I know moms let go of their kids all the time, and I should be grateful that I have had all 6 of my children near me for as long as I have.  But it still hurts to have one move and I think I'm allowed to be a little sad about it.

I will NOT be like my grandmother though.  I will be supportive and available for moral support.

In the kitchen...
A lot of carbs for my runners.  Noah has three meets to run this week!

Since I am grain free, I usually just eat the meat and the sauce with a side salad and that seems to be enough for me.


I am wearing...
Black pants with black T-shirt and cafe jacket.


I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day.
  • start my spring cleaning. 
  • to plan a simple but delicious Easter meal that will be easy to prepare since I'm going to be pretty busy Saturday night and Sunday morning. 
  • to be a godmother one more time at the Easter Vigil!
From the Learning Rooms...
We are on spring break although Noah's Latin Class is plowing through since there are only three weeks left.  Noah will also keep studying for the ACT test on April 18.

Izzy is watching some history DVDs and painting bottles for her brother's wedding reception!


One of my favorite things...
Izzy art
The latest Izzy Art

I am hoping to ...
  • Get lots of flute practice done.
  • Organizing my office and the classroom. 

I am looking forward to...

  • Welcoming T into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. 
  • Having friends and family for Easter Dinner. 
  • Playing for Good Friday and Easter Sunday. 
  • Working on izzy's Etsy shop.
I'm reading...


Second time.

A quote to share... 
Dying daily. If we are to live for Christ, we must “die daily”. Lent is an ideal time to think about our own death. A happy death is a masterpiece and no masterpiece is ever perfected in a day. Dubois spent seven years in making the wax model for his celebrated statue of Joan of Arc – and it stands today as a ravishing perfection of the sculptor’s art. In like manner our death must appear as a ravishing perfection of the many years of labor we have given over to its mold by dying daily.
Bishop Fulton Sheen

 A picture to share...
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My Lenten Birthday Boys!

Monday, March 23, 2015

7-Quick Takes

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1. Father daughter dance

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What does a guy do the night before his 57th birthday?  He takes his 9-year-old daughter to the father-daughter dance of course!

Then he stands with the other dads while all of the little girls giggle and dance in the center, and sing in loud high voices when the songs from "Frozen" are played.  But about four times, he goes on the dance floor with his little girl to "cut a rug," especially for the grand finale of "YMCA!"

2.  I noticed that The White Queen was free streaming with Amazon Prime, so I started watching it with Izzy.  We quickly made it through all 10 episodes.


It's the story of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV and sister-in-law of Richard III.  She eventually becomes grandmother of Henry VIII and is the ancestor of the royal line all the way to the present day.

There seems to be some debate on Amazon about how historically accurate the series is, but a lot of that seems to be kind of nit picky. It certainly made Izzy and I want to find out more about the era and read about these interesting people.

I will say that this series was A LOT more historically correct than The Tudors. I had originally hoped that Noah could watch The Tudors  to fit in with his British History course, but the gratuitous sex scenes made that impossible, and then the historical inaccuracies made the point moot.

The White Queen also had some nudity and sexual situations in it but those were easily fast forwarded through and the ones they did include either advanced the plot or supported the themes of the story.

3. It seemed kind of serendipitous then that there was news about Richard III in the news this weekend. It seems the king's bones had been discovered a few years back and after being examined forensically, were being re-interred this weekend in a coffin made by his great x 17 nephew!




By the way, the actor portraying Richard III in The White Queen series was wonderful!





4. We have a new piece of art at our church for Lent.

New art at St. Sebastian church!
Someone in the parish put up the funding and it was donated to the church. There was a little bit of discontent on my pastor's blog about money for the poor etc.  But I look at it this way - commissioning a piece of art supports the artist and his family, the art suppliers, the shippers and the packers! So it helps to keep people gainfully employed so that there are fewer of the poor to worry about!

Also, since my own daughter is a gifted artist, I'd like to think she could make a living at this if she wants to - or at least supplement her income.  So there's that.


5. I think I've reached a new level of maturity.  This week Noah and I had a very rare, but very volatile argument complete with yelling and tears. He then stormed off and had his piano lesson, which I guess didn't go very well, and then off to track practice.  When he came back the first thing he did was put his arms around me and say he was sorry and I threw my arms around him as well.

The thing is, we have such a great relationship that we don't know how to stay mad at each other. Any temptation that I had to give him the cold shoulder melted as soon as I saw him.  Maybe I'm not as much my grandmother's daughter as I thought!

6. Calvin brought the ambulance by the house for the first time EVER!  So the kids got to see their brother in his uniform and his place of work. They also got to ask him questions about his job.  It was nice that they had an opportunity to do that before he moves away next month - definitely a nice memory for them.
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7. "Gasp!"  - the sound many homeschooling moms are making as they realize there are only two more months of the regular school year! Some moms started practically the middle of July so that they could be done by April 1 - a practice that I never fully understood and could never get the hang of even if I wanted to!   Others feel like they are behind in everything.  I'm kind of mixed - We have math and science nailed for all of the kids - it's social studies and English that could use more work and will probably spill over into June.  

And for me there is a gasp with a rasp as I realize that my baby boy only has one more year of school left!!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

St. Joseph

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Litany Of Saint Joseph

Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven,
Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world,
Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God,
Have mercy on us.
Holy Mary,
Pray for us.
Holy Joseph,
Pray for us.

Noble Son of the House of David,
Pray for us.
Light of the Patriarchs,
Pray for us.
Husband of the Mother of God,
Pray for us.
Chaste Guardian of the Virgin,
Pray for us.
Foster-father of the Son of God,
Pray for us.
Sedulous Defender of Christ,
Pray for us.
Head of the Holy Family,
Pray for us.
Joseph most just,
Pray for us.
Joseph most chaste,
Pray for us.
Joseph most prudent,
Pray for us.
Joseph most valiant,
Pray for us.
Joseph most obedient,
Pray for us.
Joseph most faithful,
Pray for us.
Mirror of patience,
Pray for us.
Lover of poverty,
Pray for us.
Model of all who labor,
Pray for us.
Glory of family life,
Pray for us.
Protector of Virgins,
Pray for us.
Pillar of families,
Pray for us.
Consolation of the afflicted,
Pray for us.
Hope of the sick,
Pray for us.
Patron of the dying,
Pray for us.
Terror of the demons,
Pray for us.
Protector of the holy Church,
Pray for us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,
have mercy on us.

He made him master of his house,
and ruler of all his possesions.


O God, You were pleased to choose Saint Joseph as the husband of Mary and the guardian of your Son. Grant that, as we venerate him as our protector on earth, we may deserve to have him as our intercessor in heaven. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.




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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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It took having some of the kids moving out to finally drive the lesson home about seeking God in my life and accepting his gifts and invitations.

St. Patrick's Day


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Many people don't seem to understand that St. Patrick was really British!- born and raised in Britain around 460 AD, kidnapped by raiders at the age of 16 and then taken to Ireland. There Patrick worked as a slave, tending the sheep for his master and spending many lonely days thinking about God and missing his family.

After six years he was told in a dream that a boat was ready to take him home.  Patrick simply left his position and walked to the coast, found the boat and returned to Britain.  But it wasn't long before Patrick had another dream encouraging him to return to Ireland and to spread the Gospel to the people there.

After reuniting with his family, Patrick went to Auxerre, France where he studied and entered the priesthood under the guidance of the missionary St. Germain.In 431, Pope St. Celestine I consecrated St. Patrick Bishop of the Irish, and sent him to Ireland to spread "The Good News," or Christian Gospel, to the Pagans there.

St Patrick expels the snakes
Father Lawrence Lew via Flickr licensed by CC. 

Happy Saint Patrick's Day!


St. Patrick the Irish Legend on Netflix. 


Here are some pictures of crafts and goodies we have done in years past.

From 2007
and these delightful cookies and saint. 

St. Patrick surrounded


St. Patrick drivin the snakes from Ireland


St. Patrick's Day Cookies


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and cupcakes!

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Decorating with books!
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St. Patrick Cupcakes
St. Patrick - History
St. Patrick Doll
St. Patrick Film
St. Patrick's Day Craft from Karen'ts Adventures in Mommyland
St. Patrick's Day - Cottage Blessings. 
St. Patrick's Day Crafts
St. Patrick's Day Books and Crafts

Loveliness of St. Patrick's Day
Shower of Roses St. Patrick's Day
St. Patrick's Day Sacred Music
Unit Study- Saint Patrick Knowledge Quest


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Decorating our Chandelier with shamrocks and gold coins!
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A few years ago, the girls did a little craft for St. Patrick's Day.  They took this craft and this craft and came up with these!

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Last year's peg saint!
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elljazz's Akron ST Patricks Day Parade album on Photobucket

I have many links for celebrating and learning about St. Patrick in my Delicious links!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Simple Woman



Outside my window...
Abandoned barn Sci-fi edit
Award Photography via Flickr Abandoned Barn in Dublin Ohio Sci-Fi Edit.  Licensed CC

I am thinking...
I didn't mean to take a full week off from blogging - it just sort of happened and frankly, it felt pretty good to have time to do some other things. As I also had no transcribing to do, I got my taxes done and watched all of the last season of Downton Abbey that I missed.

I am thankful...
that it is finally becoming spring!

I am Pondering...
Lots of things - like why does poor Noah keep having problems with his knees whenever track season rolls around? Why is Calvin moving to North Carolina, and why is this time of year always so difficult in homeschooling?

I'm also pondering the ways Mama took care of us whenever we were sick, how she graciously accepted the many moves my sister and I made when we were young adults, and how she taught regular school every year for 30 years.  I am always wondering, what would Mama do?

In the kitchen...

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Sweet potatoes with left over chicken chunked up with spinach, peanut butter, cashews and a few other things I can't remember. It was really a good dinner for left overs!

I am wearing...
Black pants and matching fleece.


I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day but Thursday. 
  • start my spring cleaning. 
From the Learning Rooms...
  Noah working on: 







·       Biology at home and with co-op - A at first semester.
·       Latin 2
·       Private piano lessons.  

Izzy working on:
·       Geometry.
·       American History - Reading autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. 
·       American Literature-






·       Also continuing Diane Craft reading program, spelling and writing.
·       Biology with the co-op and at home - A first semester
·       American Sign Language.   
·       Art class.
Izzy and Noah working on A Noble Experiment for civics. 


Rosie working on:
·       Math
·       Reading - 












·       Spelling
·       Map skills
·       History and
·       Astronomy with the co-op.
·       Also bible and vocal music with the co-op.
·       Private piano and art
Izzy and Noah doing the Dave Ramsey course to meet their finance requirement for high school.  We are almost done with this course and I have to say it has been excellent- would highly recommend!


One of my favorite things...
How we put Charlotte down for a nap during our homeschool day.



I am hoping to ...
  • Get lots of flute practice done.
  • Organizing my office and the classroom.
  • Prepare for my tax meeting. 

I am looking forward to...

  • A relaxing Sunday!
  • Working on izzy's Etsy shop.
I'm reading...




A quote to share... 
But as I cried, my heart was being transformed. It was getting smaller and smaller in my chest and hardening up like a rock. The smaller and harder my heart got, the less I cried, until finally I stopped completely. By the time I was finished, my heart was a sharp, black stone that was small enough to fit in the palm of my hand. It was so hard nobody could break it and so sharp it would hurt anybody who touched it. I stayed there, staring ahead at nothing, with just about nothing left inside of me, for quite a bit.

Hannigan, Katherine (2011-06-21).Ida B: . . . and Her Plans to Maximize Fun, Avoid Disaster, and (Possibly) Save the World (p. 87). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition. 

 A picture to share...
They took this when it was about 17 degrees outside!
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