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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Simple Woman

Outside my window...
Sam and Izzy on the soccer field - Izzy the player and Sam the ref.
Sam and Sister

I am thinking...
about everything that has to be done for Rosie's first communion this upcoming weekend. We originally were going to wait and have it this summer in the town where she was baptized so that her godparents could attend. But Rosie really, really wanted to receive when her classmates do so she wouldn't be the only one in her PSR class who HAD NOT made her first communion.  Unfortunately, her class is going to make it on Saturday - and that is a problem for us.  With soccer in the morning for all of the kids (and Mr. Pete and I being in charge of striping the fields and bringing all of the nets and flags) it would have put a lot of pressure on us to get everything done and then get dressed up for a First Communion mass!  

Then to make it even more interesting, Gabe, Noah and I are performing with the Bell Choir Saturday night - so it would have been a ridiculously full day!!  Instead she is going to make it herself on Sunday, at mass with all of her immediate family there.  I think it will be a nice day.

I am thankful ...
for this little girl that I had in my late 40s.

I remember reading something once about the greatest fear of couples was having a baby after 40.  What complete and utter nonsense!  I had Izzy at 40 and Rosie at 46 and I can't imagine how dull life would be without these two beautiful girls.

From the learning rooms...

  • Gabe and Noah are reading The Grapes of Wrath! 

  • Spelling program per Dr. Holinga for all four kids. 
  • Instacert for History and start American History part 2
  • American History at Homeschool Connections Recorded Courses, also started the Great Depression Class. . 
  • Apologia Science - Physical for Noah, Biology for Gabe, and  General for Izzy.
  • Saxon math for all with math tutor for Gabe and Noah.
  • Rosetta Stone Latin 3 - for Noah and Gabe
  • Diane Craft reading program for Izzy.
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake.
  • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.
  • Little House in the Highlands for Rosie

From the kitchen...
Shepherd's pie tonight.  Barbecued pork chops tomorrow.  Italian Chicken on Thursday - not sure yet about Thursday and Friday.  First communion menu is sloppy joes with deviled eggs and potato salad with Izzy making the cake!

I am wearing...
Black pants and gray oversized T-shirt.

I am creating...
a beautiful first communion memory for my daughter.
I barely remember my first communion.  I remember my grandma made my dress and I posed for pictures in front of our statue of the blessed mother (but also in front of our dilapidated above ground swimming pool.  I remember the group picture and I also remember think I would feel something magical perhaps after I first received and feeling a little light headed.  I also remember my father was not there for that.

I am going...
to work out the rest of the week. I walked three miles yesterday and worked out today.  I might have to take off Thursday and Sunday though!

I am reading...


I am wondering...
if other families have as much fun during their homeschool day as we do!  We always talk about the current events in our homeschool high school.  Today I mentioned that Reese Witherspoon had been arrested for talking back to a police officer while he was checking her husband for DUI.  Ms. Witherspoon apparently was very belligerent.  When I mentioned this to Gabe he responded, "I'd like to see her Legally Blond her way out of this one!"

I am Hoping...
Now that Calvin has passed his paramedic course, that he can go on to successfully complete the program.  I am hoping that he will marry his girlfriend and that they can stay in the area - those are my long-term hopes!!

Rubbing me the Wrong Way...
People who ask for controversial advice on Facebook, and then after battle rages for hours, announce they have made their decision. In this instance I am referring to immunizations - and for goodness sake at least do us the courtesy of pretending your doing some informed research - maybe take a day or two to think it over??? It would at least give me the illusion that the links I posted were appreciated and read!

I am Looking Forward To...
Rosie's First Communion.

I am hearing...
the buzzing in my ears, the hum of the computer, and finally kids playing outside!

A Picture I am Sharing...
Soccer season

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