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...
Magnolia tree
My beautiful magnolia tree - before the snow came Saturday night and killed it!

I am thinking...
About plans for next year's homeschooling- Izzy's senior year and Rosie in 6th grade.  It will be my one and only year with just the two girls to think about.

I can say that Izzy's health class is going to include information about natural fertility awareness, and pregnancy and childbirth.  It may also include a self-defense course and gun safety - it will be a very, very unique course!

I am thankful...
For all the years that God did allow me to homeschool.  I made a lot of mistakes, but I think we also had a lot of successes too.

In the kitchen...

I am wearing...
My workout clothes - getting ready to take a shower and start the day.

I am reading...

I am pondering...
one of my sons is going to be travelling all over the United States this summer by car - and this terrifies me. Long time readers might remember my somewhat high familiarity with terrible car accidents. (See here,  here, here, here, and here!).  The only person who has an inkling of this is my sister- and she absolutely won't even discuss it because it really is a horrible familiarity with traffic fatalities!

But Mr. Pete doesn't get it, and my 20-something year old sons absolutely don't get it - because in their minds, they are immortal!

I anticipate a new found familiarity with my rosary and more grey hair coming my way before September.

I am going...
From the Learning Rooms...

In the homestretch now!  Only three more weeks of chemistry with Co-op and World History will be over first week of May - (Although the AP test is the middle of May!)
20 Years of Homeschooling!

Noah- Senior


Rosie 5th grade
Partnership Writing
  • Prairie Primer  Starting 
  • Spelling 
  • Geography
  • Anatomy and Physiology - starting the integumentery system this week.
Apologia Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology   -     By: Jeannie Fulbright
  • Choir- co-op
  • Art Class

One of my favorite things...

april 2016 016 first track meet

A quote to share...
Where most men work for degrees after their names, we work for one before our names: 'St.' It's a much more difficult degree to attain. It takes a lifetime, and you don't get your diploma until you're dead.
Mother Angelica

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A picture to share...
I planted purple tulip bulbs and so far I have only gotten red tulips - and they were also covered with snow!  Hopefully they will persevere and continue to bloom brightly for a while!


  1. Your poor Magnolia tree! Did the snow really kill it? We have a huge Magnolia out in our backyard and I'd hate to lose it. I'll be praying for you son on his travels, and will be praying for your mama's heart, that you have peace. Seems there a many of us trying to eat low-carb these days. I've been trying to for almost 2 months now. I've been homeschooling for about 15 years now, and have about 2 years to go. Your tulip is beautiful! I loved seeing all the tulips when my hubby was stationed in West Berlin. The do seem to be okay with snow, in fact look beautiful peeking out of it. Well, you have a lovely week!

  2. Is there a good book on midwifery? That would have been key to avoiding c sections for my dd.
    I highly recommend AAA for a departing gift for the wandering son. I traveled the US on my own. He may never use it, but when he does, it is gold.

    1. My childbirth resources above might be good reading for her in the future.

      Congratulations on the new grandchild!


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