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

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I am thinking...
That I have the privilege of attending a mixed wedding done right this week. The young man is Catholic. His wife is of Middle Eastern heritage. I am not familiar with her faith background but it doesn't matter. What touched me was that they are blending the two families and the two backgrounds. They are having a Catholic wedding ceremony the day before the Middle Eastern wedding. He not only has accepted the faith that was passed on to him, but it was important to him that he experience the sacrament of marriage. His fiance also agreed on the importance of this.

This is in contrast to a wedding we were involved in last fall where the couple completely eschewed the faith and background of the groom. There was no Catholic church wedding, and only the bride's faith and heritage were celebrated. Seriously, there wasn't even a generic sounding Irish blessing on the program or the place cards - nothing. And to me, that's just wrong. and sad.

I am thankful...
along that line that the movie Coco addresses something like this with kids.

When we went down to visit my son and his wife, we watched this movie as a family. It's actually very Catholic in concept, as far as the theology of the communion of saints. But what I loved about this movie was its focus on family - living and dead, and tradition, and love, and carrying on what has been passed on to us.

Izzy knew I would like this movie and she was there right beside me when the emotions took over. She knew because I think the importance of family and heritage, and love of our predecessors have been passed on to her in a big way, and I'm so grateful.

I am pondering...
My little girl turned 19 over the weekend.
izzy's 19th birthday

One of my Favorite Things...

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I am hearing...
The kids playing video games in Rosie's room

In the kitchen...
Mr. Pete grilled steak tonight!

I am wearing...
Blue long shorts, and gray T shirt.

I am going...
I am reading...

I'm actually listening to it on Audible while I'm walking in the morning.

From the Learning Rooms...


10 Week Shakespear course that I bought during the Build-Your-Bundle Sale!  She will be spending 5 hours a week doing:

  • Read Shakespeare's plays and poems.
  • Read explanations of Shakespeare's plays or easier versions in addition to the real thing.
  • Listen to Shakespeare's plays on audiobook.
  • Watch movies of Shakespeare's plays. 
  • Teach or narrate what is learned to a parent, sibling, or friend.
  • Write a 5-paragraph essay, compare/contrast essay, literary analysis, or descriptive essay every week based on the lessons studied.
  • Write a research paper based on a topic studied in the course.
  • Give a speech, using one of the essays or the research paper as a basis. Include a multi-media presentation if desired. Emaze is a nice online presentation software for this activity.
  • Go see a live Shakespeare play.
  • Memorize more scenes and monologues than are included in the course.
  • Perform what you have memorized for an audience.
  • Finish reading and doing all the activities from How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare.
  • Read, watch, or do other suggestions listed in the Appendix section of this course.
Keep track of how much time is spent on each activity (reading, watching, writing, etc.) with the Log Sheet.

I am not an affiliate for them - I just thought this would be a good idea for Rosie's education and it will be her first high school credit! Plus, I thought it would be a good summertime activity!

So far I would say this is a good course for upper elementary students. Rosie is enjoying it but I am supplementing it a lot because I also want her to get a good overview of Shakespeare's work. This course focuses mostly on a Midsummer's Night Dream. 

Still, it gives a good foundation in iambic pantemeter and memorization, so I think this is a good course for getting the basics down. 

We are particularly enjoying this book

Last week she watched The Taming of the Shrew with Burton and Taylor - what an awesome movie!

I will be listening to lectures from the 2018 Homeschool Mom's Conference - with a particular interest in the Work From Home Track. I'm also taking a new affiliate marketing course from Pajama Affiliates. 

A Picture to Share...

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A quote to share...