My Lent 2019 Book List Plans

Is this the year you really want to dive into Lent? Do you want to come out of this Lenten Season and truly feel that you've had a small share of living in the desert with Christ for 40 days? I know that I do. Maybe it's an upcoming birthday that's making me have more of a now-or-never type of attitude towards Lent. Or maybe I just acutely feel the necessity of truly modeling this for my children, and living it with my husband. Whatever it is, these are the books and resources I'm going to use this Lent to really LIVE the season from Ash Wednesday all the way through to Easter Vigil. Look them over. If something looks helpful to you, use it. If it inspires you, go with it. I hope all of these bless and encourage you.

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Outside my window...
It's actually hot and humid - which is a nice change from frigid and freezing. 
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A picture from Saturday at the soccer field of Mr. Pete and Rosie

I am thinking...
about a job I applied for a couple of weeks ago as an online writing teacher.  I made it through a couple of cuts and hoped I might get the job.  My thought was that experience like that would help boost my work experience on my resume and give me more expertise in the homeschool field - because I'm starting to look at 10 years from now when I no longer have anyone at home to actually homeschool!  And since I think I might live longer than another 10 years, I am starting to plan for the time between then and the end of my life. But I didn't get that job.

So then last week I found out that Mr. Pete and I are going to be running a homeschool soccer league! An actual league which includes tons of organizational things like ordering uniforms, getting refs and coaches, lining the fields, running the bake sale- stuff like that.  This too will boost my work experience and expertise in the homeschool field - I'm not sure how it will help me 10 years from now when I'm almost 64, but I'm sure there's a plan there somewhere.

I am thankful...
for the opportunity - I guess.  I'm already the head of our homeschool group which is always and adventure in human relations.  But I'm thinking there might be some skill in running this league that one of my kids needs to experience?  

From the learning rooms...

  • Gabe and Noah are reading The Grapes of Wrath! 90 % of the way through!  Kindle says it takes 22 hours to read this book and I believe it.  Every kid should read this book in high school - it really makes you appreciate every material thing you have in your life.

  • 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.  Done with Michael Medved's recording on World War II which was very good and I highly recommend. 
  • 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.  Ms. Craft is coming to Ohio next month and I definitely want to ask her what the next step should be for Izzy's improvement. 
  • By the Shores of Silver Lake.
  • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.
  • Mary Poppins for Rosie and Izzy. 

which is much, much better than the movie - and I loved the movie!!

From the kitchen...
Teriyaki chicken with baked beans and salad.

I am wearing...
black pants, green shirt and my new shoes from e-bay which are very comfortable!

I am creating...
a graduation party for Calvin and Sarah.  Sarah's mom and dad came over and we ironed out who was doing what!  Now if only Calvin could pass his exam...
Anyway, that's next month and it will be in an outdoor pavilion.  I hope it will be a lot of fun.

I am going...
to walk tonight, workout with a video tomorrow and Friday morning. And then a bit of both over the weekend!

I am reading...


I'm a slow reader I guess...

I am wondering...
how I'm going to like being a chaperon for the youth group when they go to Franciscan University in a couple of weeks. I'm such a home body that I really am NOT looking forward to it in a way.  On the other hand, I want to be there for Izzy since it is her first time and Pete went when each of the boys had a first time.  Still... I might have to sleep on the floor and I'm not sure how my body is going to be the next morning after that!!

I am Hoping...

  • that Calvin passes his last test.
  • that I have the strength to manage a homeschool group and a soccer league. 
  • that I survive my upcoming birthday!

I am Looking Forward To...
Piano recital for Izzy and Noah, soccer reffing games for Gabe (five of them!) and a concert for me and Mr. Pete on Sunday.

I am hearing...
the buzz in my left ear, the air conditioner and the computer - all white noise!

A Picture I am Sharing...
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I love to watch Noah Run!

My handsome Gabe.
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