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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Izzy's job encouraged their associates to decorate a pumpkin for the Halloween Season. This was Izzy's contribution. I didn't get a chance to get a picture of it when it was completely finished, but she spent a lot of time on it and her managers seemed to like it!

This hoodie was Rosie's reward for diligently getting through the cross country season. It's apparently a big hit because she has not taken it off since Sunday!! I'm glad she loves it.


Her name is on the back too!

Had a chance to ask the high school coach how much she should be running this offseason - he said 5 miles a day 6 days a week should just about do it!


We'll have to ease into that. She's doing about 20 miles right five days a week right now.

I used cake to help illustrate my General Science lesson on geology this week. I posted pictures of my face on Instagram and had this charming exchange with one of Rosie's running friends.

5. Rosie is going to be Audrey Hepburn for Halloween this year. We watched Breakfast at Tiffany's together a few weeks ago and hated it! But she still loved Miss Hepburn. So today we went out and found a black dress and some black gloves. She and Izzy practiced putting on eye liner. I'm sure I'll have plenty of pictures!
Audrey Hepburn smoking 4

6.  One of the things I am loving about this time in my life is watching romantic t.v. shows with my two daughters. We are currently working our way through Victoria. We just got through the episodes were Victoria and Albert finally got together and it pleases me so much to watch the girls swooning with the romance of it all. This has sparked their interest so much that I had to pick up a book on Queen Victoria to fill in some of the backstory for them. When we're done with this series, maybe we'll start The Crown?

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