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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Works for Me Wednesday - jewelry from musical instrument parts

I have had two kids that have been behind grade level in their reading because of small learning disabilities. One of the most frustrating things about having an older child who is struggling with reading is finding them good reading material that isn't too babyish. For example, my 12-year-old daughter who is a struggling reader chose a book at the library to read called Pinky and Rex and the Spelling Bee (Pinky and Rex Ready-To-Read).

Mr. Pete is a band instrument repair technician - he fixes musical instruments. But he also has an artistic flare and interests outside of repairing instruments.

 As he was preparing to go to an upcoming band director convention, he got it into his head that jewelry items made from instrument parts, particularly flutes, could be good sales items. But he didn't have the time to get these prepared.

 Enter our little artist Izzy!

 On Saturday, Mr. Pete took Izzy to his shop. He bought her some safety glasses, work gloves and taught her how to solder. Then he gave her a box of old flute keys and had her go at it.

When she was done he polished the jewelry and the results are spectacular! (In my humble opinion of course!) See for your self.

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 and some pins

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If these go well, this might be a nice little part-time job for Izzy.

Works for me!


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  1. I know we've had our differences, but I will be the first (of assuredly many) to say that these are lovely! I'd look into getting her an Etsy account. She could easily pay for university selling these lovely pieces.

  2. I was going to say the same thing. A university band. I have several friends with kids in university marching band. Once you have a place they can buy them, I will send it on to them. Fantastic!

  3. Thank you Linds and Janette.


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