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...

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The prairies, forests and fields are alive with color!

and I am still enjoying the wonderful sight of my little girl as she enjoys her first season as a runner.
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I am thinking...
mainly about the colonoscopy I have to have on Friday.  The prep for this lovely event starts Thursday and I think I am dreading that more than the actual procedure.  It's not the clear liquids or the fasting but the laxatives and being tied to the bathroom Thursday night that I find the most bothersome. But this is one of those procedures that if you're going to do it - you have to be really committed to it because you DO NOT want to have a bad prep and then have to go through it all again.

I am thankful...
that my son Calvin is now a paramedic for the City of Cleveland!!   This is the job he really wanted and I am so proud of him that he made it!!

In the kitchen...
Pot roast in the crock pot tonight and then lasagna tomorrow, although I think I'm going to start tapering myself from solid food Wednesday night with the hopes that Thursday night won't be as painful.

I am wearing...
black pants and a black and pink long-sleeved shirt.

I am creating...
an idea for an All Saints Day costume for Rosie - since that is only a month away!  I am also creating ideas for our homeschool support group meeting tomorrow night.

I am going...
get a couple of walks in this week but nothing too strenuous until after Friday.  Got a 2 1/2 mile walk in this morning with Mr.Pete.

I am wondering...
what the rest of the week will hold - in other words, obsessing over the results of the test on Friday.  Mr. Pete says that I'm so anal about where I put my keys that they'll probably find an extra set up there.  Ha ha - Mr. Pete - who always keeps me from getting too serious about anything!

I am reading...

I am hoping...
  • That I can be on good terms with all of my sons.
  • That the young women my sons give their hearts to won't break them. 
  • that my test goes well. 
  • that I have the strength to manage a homeschool group and a soccer league. 
  • that all my children make good choices going forward.
  • that I can get through the next few weeks of cross country and soccer.
  • to start planning a costume for all saints day for Rosie. 
  • that I can endure all of the things I am called to endure - through Christ who strengthens me. 

I am looking forward to...

  • Saturday.
  • Rosie's next cross country meet this weekend.
  • Noah's cross country meet tonight. 
  • Going shooting and gun shopping with my oldest. 

From the Learning Rooms

  • American Literature short stories for Noah via Bob Jones Press


  • Spelling program per Dr. Holinga for all three kids. 
  • Instacert for History and start American History part 2
  • Apologia Science - Physical for Noah and  Izzy. Creation science Botany for Rosie
  • Saxon math for all with math tutor for Noah.
  • Latin for Homeschoolers for Noah
  • English from the Roots Up for Izzy.
  •  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. 
  • The Long Winter and Prairie Primer for Izzy.
  • Pathway readers for Rosie and the Wand for Language arts.

for Rosie.

And since I am going to give Izzy credit for baking every week - these are the cupcakes she made for last week's baby shower.
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Around the house...
trying to keep everything clean and orderly so that when I am myself again Friday night I won't have THAT mess to clean up too!

A photo I am sharing...

Over the weekend, my second son needed help with his dead car battery which finally could not hold a charge.  While we were over at his place taking the old battery out, Rosie asked if she could see his kitten Homme.  Homme lived with us for a few weeks before Sam got his own place and Rosie grew quite fond of  him.  Anyway, Sam didn't want to let his little sister into his home to see the kitten, probably because his girlfriend was there.

and that just ticked me off a little bit.

So while Mr. Pete was at the auto part store getting a new battery, Rosie and I headed over to the pet shop to look at those kittens.  And this little white calico named Molly, decided that she wanted to go home with us.

and so she did.  She was a good deal too because for $100 you get the kitten who has all of her shots and has already been spayed.

But mostly, Molly fills that gap in a house that has always had a cat in it, and now suddenly was without a feline presence.  So we welcome her to the family.

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