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Outside my window...
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I am thinking...
about Calvin being out on his own. Very proud of him and how he arranged everything and made a smooth transition. I was also impressed with how much reading he is doing now on his own. Long-time readers might remember that Calvin had difficulty learning to read and that with the help of a reading specialist, he finally became a fluent reader at the age of 12. Now I knew some other adults who had had trouble learning to read but none of them seemed to really enjoy reading even in adulthood. One person was even a doctor! So I knew it was possible to be a late reader and still be able to tackle college work, but I didn't know anyone who learned to read late and the LOVED reading. But apparently that is what has happened to Calvin. He reads all the time now and I'm very happy for him and happy for all the long hours we put in together to achieve that!

I am thankful ...
for Dr. Holinga - who made reading recovery possible!

From the learning rooms...
We continue with The Screwtape Letters and A Philadelphia Catholic in King James's Court with Gabe in preparation for confirmation. I am moving Gabe to the end of General Science so that he can study anatomy with us. I added the assignment of reading through the Bravewriter Help for High School Course and we are going to continue with the Restoration in American History.  We are definitely going to see Les Misrable this week for Movie Day after hearing our parochial vicar give such a good homily about it yesterday for the first Sunday of Lent. 

From the kitchen...
I have some great recipes planned this week from

Fabulous '50s Recipe Collection (Favorite Brand Name Recipes) 




I am wearing...

Black pants,white stretch top with 3/4 length sleeves - I LOVE 3/4 length sleeves.


I am creating...
some ideas for summer dresses I'd like to make for the girls this summer.  Mentioned this to Mr. Pete with the hopes that he will finish my sewing area up!

I am going...
to the confirmation tonight for Gabe.  He and Sam are once again supplying the music.  I'm so proud of them.

I am reading...
starting 



Going Rogue: An American Life  

but I got side tracked by The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind  The Hand of God: A Journey from Death to Life by the Abortion Doctor Who Changed His Mind


I am hoping...
to lose two or three pounds this week.  I lost three last week by just keeping on track with my Weight Watchers Points!

I am hearing...
ears buzz and computer hum! 

Around the house...

I am determined to have all school work done in the classroom this week.  I thought I could have the kids bring their school crates upstairs, do their school work and then take the crates back down but they never seem to be able to do that and then stuff gets lost.  So I cleaned up the classroom AGAIN and am determined to keep them all down their today!

A few plans for the rest of the week:
Major laundry will be my biggest effort this week!

A picture I am sharing:
This is a statue of St. Theresa outside of our church. I saw this snow on her and thought it looked like she was carrying a small child on her back. The kids thought it looked more like a monkey! Anyway... it looks to us like a small being sitting playfully on her back with arms and legs wrapped around!
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