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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The Simple Woman

Outside my window...
magnolia tree 2013

I am thinking...
about the people of Boston, the victims of the attack and the rescuers and medical personal that helped them, and praying for peace and understanding.

I am thankful ...
that a high school classmate of mine who participated in the marathon was safe and unharmed in the explosions.

From the learning rooms...

  • Gabe and Noah are starting The Grapes of Wrath as of today! 

  • 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
I also had the boys watch a version of Our Town last week as part of our American Literature course. I always think it is better to watch a play than to read it!

From the kitchen...
I am a little off my schedule because we were asked to eat at a friend's house last night!  very unusual for us to be guests during the week!  So tonight I made spaghetti, keeping it simple after being graciously hosed last night!  I am planning Italian Chicken for tomorrow and maybe meatloaf on Thursday.

I am wearing...
Gray workout pants and a gray T-shirt

I am creating...
Some blog posts for later in the week.  I also hope to teach Izzy how to take out a zipper and put a new one in!  I found a very cute dress for her to wear when she is with the choir- it is white on top and black on the bottom, but the side zipper is broken - so this will give her some good experience!

I am going...
to work out the rest of the week. I would also like to be using my new (used)camera by Thursday - hopefully.

I am reading...

I am wondering...

There was a place in the third act of Our Town, that the narrator says:

'\ know as well as I do that the dead don't stay interested in 
us living people for very long. Gradually, gradually, they lose 
hold of the earth ... and the ambitions they had ... and the 
pleasures they had ... and the things they suffered ... and the 
people they loved. 
Yiet weaned away from earth-that's the way I_put it,-
weaned away. 
And they stay here while the earth part of 'em burns away, 
burns out; and all that time they slowly get indifferent to 
what's goin' on in Grover's Corners. 
\ They're waitin'. They're waitin' for something that they feel is 
, comin'. Something important, and great. Aren't they waitin' 
, for the eternal part in them to come out clear?

I have felt that in my own life.

Before I knew my baby had died, I remember waking up one night knowing that I did not have a connection to my baby - that somehow his connection to me and mine to him was not right. That was even before I knew he had died inside of me.

When my mother died, I could feel her presence with me everywhere. It was very strong and I was very comforted by it. I even felt so lucky that my mother was still with me, even though she had died.  But now four years later, I don't feel her presence as much.  Just sometimes, but it isn't as intense as it used to be either.  It's strange.

The movie reminded me of that.

I am Hoping...
That Calvin passes a big test he is taking this evening.  This is the test that knocked him out of the paramedic program last year.

I am Looking Forward to...
Rosie's first communion!

I am hearing...
the buzzing in my ears, the hum of the computer.

A Video I am Sharing...
A little performance I did on Sunday!

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  1. Your comment about your connection to your mother really struck a cord with me. Having already lost both my parents, I understand - mother has been gone almost 14 years and daddy for almost 11. I felt that connection with both very strongly during the first year. It has since faded in a lot of ways. I still remember vividly their hugs though - mother was so tiny and frail at the end that I was always so afraid of hugging too hard. And daddy was very tall and I am so short that when he would hug me my forehead would just touch the center of his chest - he'd have to bend way down for me to kiss his cheek...gosh I miss them both!

  2. ((((Chrissy!))))

    that's a hug - thank you for sharing that! Maybe we'll both get to feel that connection a little bit today if we think about it.


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