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...

I am thinking...
about my friend's concert today celebrating. She is celebrating 50 years as a musician.

Then it occurred to me that I have been playing the flute for 48 years. I can't remember the time when I did not play.

I am thankful...
that Miss C. made it through the soccer season successfully. She didn't always like it -  in fact, her favorite parts included all the drills and conditioning stuff they did before actually playing a game.

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But she was pretty happy with her little meddle of participation. I think she'll be back next season.
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It occurred to me that I started taking my first born to soccer when he was 4 years old. He is now 28. I have had kids in soccer every year since - so somehow this is my 24th year of being a soccer mom.

I am pondering...
the gaining of indulgences for my loved ones.

Since a plenary indulgence can be gained from November 1 through November 8 if you visit a cemetery and pray for the dead there, I have been trying to visit the local cemeteries.  I prayed in front of this noble mausoleum on Friday.

I am using this book for my inspiration, meditation, and prayers.

CHURCHYARD PRAYER By Pope John XXII Hail, all you faithful souls whose bodies rest here and elsewhere in dust; may Our Lord Jesus Christ, who redeemed you and us with His most precious Blood, vouchsafe to release you from your pains to unite you to the hosts of the angels; and there do you be mindful of us and suppliantly pray for us that we may join your company and be crowned along with you in heaven. Amen.

Tassone, Susan. Prayers, Promises, and Devotions for the Holy Souls in Purgatory (p. 71). Our Sunday Visitor. Kindle Edition. 

Mausoleum at Glendale Cemetery.

One of my Favorite Things

Happy Holiday Break Celebrate Party Enjoyment Concept

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I am hearing...
Tinnitus and listening to Beauty and the Beast starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Pearlman from 1987 on Amazon Prime.

In the kitchen...
Pot Roast, potatoes and salad.

I am wearing...
Black pants, black and pink sweatshirt, gray hoodie.

I am going...
  • to walk or work out every day with Pfilates  - starting to transition to my basement workouts. 
  • add some additional novenas next year with the help of
  • Finish cemetery indulgence work. 
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations and intermittent fasting.  
  • Back to scraping on the flip house.  
  • Taking Izzy to work five times this week!  
  • Two weddings in November to coordinate!
  • Small Concert on Sunday afternoon.  
I am reading...

This is a pretty good read so far! Really fills in the gaps of information I had about this important historical figure.

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.

From the Learning Rooms...

Adobe Spark (20)


Prairie Primer  -  Little Town on the Prairie

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.

Here's the first paragraph of the work she did last week that pleased her teacher:

     Roman soldiers came silently off the street. They open the door quickly with a crash. They had found the congregation. They started forcefully catching people and taking them to prison. Among them was   Perpetua, her best friend Felicity (who was with child), and Felicity’s husband Augustus. Everyone knew it might happen. They lived in the Roman Empire as Christians. But why now? She had to get her son to safety! But it was too late now. 

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

No task into which a man puts
his heart is too bad. For the
lazy, all work is difficult. The
superior man finds pleasure in
doing what is uncongenial.
—Elizabeth Foreman Lewis
Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze

A Photo to Share

Changing the wreath on my backdoor - courtesy of the sale at Michel's!

From this to

this!   Originally $40, but I got it for $10!


  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and photos! Enjoyed reading your daybook.


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