My Spring Reading List!

After the heavier reading of Lent, I thought I'd like to continue some inspirational spiritual reading through the Easter season as well. 

Here's my book list!

Private and Pithy lessons from Scripture - Mother Angelica
Little Book of Life Lessons - Mother Angelica
Three to Get Married - Fulton Sheen
The Little Oratory
Diary Sister Faustina
Getting Past Perfect - Kate Wicker
The Words We Pray - Amy Welborn
Perfectly Yourself - Matthew Kelly 
Crossing the Threshold of Hope - Pope John Paul II




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A member of HSLDA!

It's official! My family has rejoined the Homeschool Legal Defense Association! That is one small burden off of my mind.

When we first started homeschooling we were members of HSLDA. Mr. Pete had been sued by his former employer and even though we prevailed in the courtroom, our legal bills were over $70,000. It took around six years to pay that off. Some weeks the attorneys got paid and we did without a pay check. With that in mind I considered the costs of joining HSLDA to be a bargain!

But as we had more children and Mr. Pete's business struggled to survive, cuts in the budget had to be made and one year I decided that it was just too hard to come up with the yearly fee for the school year. I'm not sure but I think it was around $84.00, and I just had other things I needed to use that money for. I also felt rather safe. Homeschooling around here is very common and doesn't seem to raise any eyebrows any more.

But in the last couple of years I've come to see that being legally safe is as important as keeping your body healthy. First of all I had a scheming first cousin who virtually swooped in and stole my father's estate right out from under my sister and me as we were busy raising families and thinking our father would live forever. Bad move and one that I know is going to cost a small fortune to untangle.

Secondly I had this encounter on another blog on the topic homosexuality and the priesthood.

An anonymous person in another state was threatened my family simply because I disagreed with her religious and political views. That was my wake up call. That and a supportive e-mail from Scott Sommerville from HSLDA.

So I did my homework, got supporting documentation together and waited. And while I waited I found to the HSLDA web site that didn't even exist when I started homeschooling 12 years ago. I was happy to find that for $10 a month, I can be a member and enjoy the protection and information of the Homeschool Legal Defense Association. A small price to pay for peace of mind!




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