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 site of Rosie's last cross country match this year.

I am thinking...
how amazing Noah's race was. Last year he finished 10th on the JV race, and this year he ran a personal best and finished 9th on the Varsity.  I never thought he would break 19, but he did.  I wonder how much faster he can go?

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Noah running in the city championships with a personal record of 18:53 for the 5K. 9th place city varsity team.

Congratulations to the 2014 City Cross Country Varsity Champions!

I am thankful...
for the beautiful fall weather we had this weekend.
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In the kitchen...

I have been grain free for an entire year!!!   Placing an amazon order for some things this week but in the meantime, enjoying some of Danielle Walker's wonderful scramble ideas!

I am wearing...
Black workout pants and a black shirt.

I am going...
  • to walk Monday - Thursday and try get some arm workouts in too.  
  • Let Noah have some big driving time!  OK people- that means the express way which absolutely terrifies me. 
  • Take Noah to his practice this week and encouraging Rosie to keep running. 
  • Pray the office and the rosary with the children in the morning with divine office. com a habit!
From the Learning Rooms...
  •   Noah working on:
    ·       Instacert.  American History II CLEP test -scheduled for October 23.  
    ·       Algebra II with our new tutor.
    ·       British Lit.
    ·       Biology at home and with co-op.
    ·       Latin 2
    ·       Private piano lessons.
    Izzy working on:
    ·       Geometry.
    ·       American History
    ·       American Literature
    ·       Also continuing Diane Craft reading program, spelling and writing.
    ·       Biology with the co-op and at home.
    ·       American Sign Language.   
    ·       Art class.
    Rosie working on:
    ·       Math
    ·       Reading
    ·       Spelling
    ·       Map skills
    ·       History and
    ·       Astronomy with the co-op.
    ·       Also sign language, bible and vocal music with the co-op.
    ·       Private piano and art
    Izzy and Noah doing the Dave Ramsey course to meet their finance requirement for high school.

One of my favorite things...
My Grandpa Calvin had many, many nieces and  nephews and so of course at family reunion time I heard a lot of them calling him "Uncle Cal."  My uncle was also named Calvin, so for all of my growing up years, "Uncle Cal" was a staple on my family tree.

That's been missing for the past 28 years - not in loving memory of course but in an absent, "something's missing" sort of way.

And now Miss C. has an Uncle Cal.  He came over Friday and she immediately put her little head on his chest and simply wouldn't let him put her down.  It was so sweet.  So my branch of the family tree has an Uncle Cal again - and it feels great.

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I am hoping to ...
  • Get some flute practice done.
  • Start the next closet!
  • Start Rosie's report on magnetism. 
  • Get back to a more "normal" pace of life now that cross country is almost over. 
  • Make two gift baskets to raffle for the museum that lets us have the co-op there every week. 

I am looking forward to...

  • Noah going to districts with the varsity team.
  • Rosie running a 5K.
  • Putting my new shredder to good use!

 A video to share...

because it made me smile last week


  1. Sounds like a very busy lady. Thank you for sharing the pictures of what I assume are cross-country track meets and the sweet baby and her Uncle Cal. God bless your October!

  2. Anonymous8:56 PM

    Grain free for a year! Wow! Are you feeling a lot better? I'm not sure I could survive grain free. I do so love my pasta and baked goods! Great pictures!

  3. -Thanks houseofestrogen!

    I no longer have any ulcerative colitis symptoms, and I did that without going on the expensive $400/month medication they wanted to start me on. I also lost35 pounds and my eczema cleared up! So there were some extra benefits as well. Sometimes it's challenging but I think I have the hang of it now.


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