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...

soccer ball coming to Izzy

I am thinking...
about Rosie. This was definitely not her best running season. She fell from 10th place at the end of last season to 42nd place at the end of this championship (out of 133 runners). She was quite stoic and even good natured about it - until yesterday, when she sat on my lap and told me she was so sorry if she disappointed me and started to sob.

Of course I'm disappointed. The whole season is disappointing. But it's not because she didn't try hard and give it her best effort!  Rosie had some things working against her that just made her slower (compared to other runners in her age group) this season. First, she had a two-month time out during track season when she got peroneal tendinitis in her ankles. Secondly, she has grown a lot! She is learning how to run at a taller height of  over 5 feet, and at around 100 pounds. And the trifecta of hard knocks for the female distance runner - she is going through puberty.  One of her male friends who trained hard all year became the #1 runner on the team. But while his system is swimming in testosterone, Rosie's body is getting a different hormonal bath full of estrogen. It's not even close to being the same thing. All of that is a lot for a female athlete's body to deal with in a short span of time.  I reassured her that no matter what, my love for her is because she's herself - and I'll love her for that no matter what!

I am thankful...
that my Guardian Angel has internet skills, because she helped me find this wonderful article to share with Rosie - and it helped both of us immensely!

I am pondering...
the joys of living in a 90 year old house! Mr. Pete has changed half of the pipes in this house. But the one to the water heater was one of the old ones and it sprung a leak yesterday and got water everywhere. So my poor hubby had to change that one out when he got home from work yesterday. Now he is pondering whether or not he should just change the rest of them out this winter. Incidentally, that pipe was so corroded you couldn't see through it. If we change the rest of the pipes out, will we get better water pressure?

One of my Favorite Things...
Pee wee soccer!

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I am hearing...
tinnitus, the computer hum, and a little bird tweeting out side!

In the kitchen...
Pork chops for dinner tonight. Made a yummy chicken soup last night for dinner!

I am wearing...
Long black pants, long-sleeved green shirt

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day with Pfilates 
  • Some of that walking will apparently be with my dog, who is enjoying morning walks with me a lot!! It is now becoming "our thing" and she expects it!
  • add some additional novenas next year with the help of 
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations and intermittent fasting.  
  • Preparing my general science lesson for Wednesday. We are visiting a cemetery!
  • Putting scraping on the flip house on hold until after this weekend. Miss C is allowed to spend the night there now and until this very last competition, there just isn't time to get down there. - 
  • Taking Izzy to work five times this week!  
  • Taking Rosie to her final championship meet this weekend in Colubus. 
  • I am going to get into this dress for my concert in April. I am now officially 6 months from my concert. 

I am reading...

This is the book my flute teacher recommended to me years ago, It's about mastering your inner self and giving your best performance! It's applicable to musicians too. In fact, another musician friend who plays a keyboard instrument got the same book recommendation from her teacher! 

I have the Audible  app on my phone as I walk the trails during cross country practice or work on the flip house scraping paint.

On my Kindle!

From the Learning Rooms...

Adobe Spark (20)


Prairie Primer  -  The Long Winter

Children’s Choir at Oaks of Righteousness Co-Op and with the parish choir. 

Rosie is also taking a writing class online using the Once Upon a Time Saint series as the writing

We have a schedule!  Rosie writes her history paper every Monday based on what she has read in her history the week before. Also on Monday, she reads her assignment in Once Upon a Saint. Then on Tuesday she writes her assignment for that class, and turns in her paper. Thursday is for revisions.

A quote to share...
When I was desperately looking for ways to help Calvin learn to read, the Writer's Jungle by Bravewriter's Julie Bogart was a source of great inspiration to me. This fall, I'm going to be sharing some of my favorite parts that really helped me teach my kids to write - from the absolute most recalcitrant writer, to the kid who has prose and poetry just dripping out of her!

The Writer's Jungle
Good spelling is an attitude.
Years of memorizing words do
not add up to good spelling
unless a student cares. And students
who care are produced by
teachers who care.
—Ruth Beechik
A Strong Start in Language

Let us therefore be of a reverent spirit, and fear the long-suffering of God, that it tend not to our condemnation. - Ignatius of Antioch
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