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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Outside my window...
This isn't exactly outside my window, but here is a scene of the beautiful acreage my sister and I pay the property taxes on way up in Michigan. The family and I took a walk over it last weekend - it truly is beautiful and tranquil.

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I am thinking...
about the neighbor kids going back to school - and how I can't wait!
I'm think about how it is Noah's last year of cross country and what a fine runner he has become and wondering how I can keep it going for him.
I'm thinking about how afraid I am for Sam's future if he doesn't step it up and get going on his College Plus work.

I'm thinking about much I have to do to get ready for the school year.

I am thankful ...
for my Aunt Dot - 91 years old and sharp as a tack. She keeps her body in good shape too with regular exercise. I have always admired her for her spunk and courage. I wish I could be more like her.

Aunt Dot leads the first tour de Leckrone

From the learning rooms...
We got our evaluations done last Friday and I am so glad that is over with!! I am always so nervous but Dr. Holinga makes me feel so reassured.

Now I have to get started on the re-notification process - which is a real pain in the butt every year, although I guess Ohio isn't that difficult of a state to work with.

From the kitchen...
Since today is the Feast of the Assumption, we are going to have a white dinner in honor of Mary. Chicken, rice, and a white cake for desert.

I am wearing...
Long athletic pants, pink top. Comfortable but yet practical for going to noon mass today for the Feast of the Assumption.

I am remembering:
mama. One of my cousins asked me how I was getting along without her. Interestingly she had lost her mom too in the last few years. We were able to commiserate with each other for a little bit. I am envious of all the adult women who have their moms. I wish I still had mine. At the same time, I recognize that she was a very, very good mother and it makes me strive a little harder to be that for my own kids.

I am creating...
my plans and notifications for homeschooling for my local board of education.

I am going...
to discourage my remaining four children from developing "relationships" during high school. The focus on high school should be learning, developing talents and strengths and not these intense relationships.

I am reading...
Cut your Grocery Bill in Half with America's Cheapest Family.

I am hoping...
Mr. Pete gets his side job done soon because I am really, really, really tired of these 14 hour work days! 

Around the house...
Planning and organizing.

Pictures I am sharing:

Rosie and Izzy
My Beautiful Daughters

Aunt Dot  2011 reunion
My favorite Aunt

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  1. My son graduated top of his class in high school. So did my son in law. Both men are quite bright. Neither man passed one CLEP test. Between the two of them- they have taken six. Some people are well adapted to learning on their own and passing tests. Others need to be engaged and learn through the eyes of another. It seems that Sam was taught by a close association with your mother- at least that is what you had said over the years. He may need the mentoring aspect of learning. Self teaching is very difficult. It is for me- which I why I struggle, even now, with internet classes.

    I hate to see Sam fade away from college. He has always been a bright star. I know you are nervous about losing control of him by sending him to community college.... but he might need that to move to the next level. There are scholarships and grants out there. If he continues to test and fail- he may lose college all together. I think he doesn't want to fail you, but may not be able to fully succeed on this path.

    And yes, I do know that college seems overrated. If you really feel that -send him into the military and let him gain another skill. My son in law tested well for getting in and had a career path set out carefully by his recruiter. He is out now and making a very good living without college- but is constantly told that with college he will be able to make a great deal more money to support his family.

    Isn't that our ultimate goal? To raise our children to become Godly adults- having them meet, marry and begin the next generation of believers?

    I don't know why this is important. Again- as with most of the things that I write about your family- I was awakened by a dream and the situation came forward. Believe me that I have prayed over it. ~Janette


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