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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1.   My life right now consists of forcing myself on my elliptical for 30 minutes or 6 miles, whichever comes last, housework, homeschool, teaching Miss C. to read, and then three nights a week I am stuck in the middle of nowhere at this track, about 30 minutes away,  for an hour and a half - and then at a track meet on Sunday. I know running in high school will have its challenges, but I really don't think I'm going to miss this part of Rosie's middle school running experience. On nights I'm not at the track, I'm working or practicing.  

2.   Next week Rosie has a full week of parties!  Her Tolkien writing class is coming to an end and she will be attending that on Thursday. Friday is the cast party for her Up the Down Staircase production that she participated in. Then she has a birthday party on Saturday. Of course, this is all fit in between the cursed track practices, soccer and everything else that's going on.

3.   We're also going to do our end of year assessment test with the California Achievement test. I'll be interested to see how she does this year. Last year she managed to pull off the 99th percentile in math - the only one my immediate family to ever do that!

4.  I've been mesmerized by the college admissions scandal. I'm kind of with Lori Loughlin on this one in that I had no idea this was such a big deal.

A couple of years ago Noah had a friend who had the goal of going to an ivy league college. He had exemplary scores on the ACT, had a superior GPA, had participated in sports and community activities. He was even Valedictorian of his class. Plus he was just an all-round great kid who would be an asset to any university.  Yet he got turned down by every one of those schools. He now attends a local university and has been thriving there. 

Which makes me wonder how Jazz Jennings was able to get into Harvard.

5.  My industrious daughter worked very hard last year and got a nice little income tax refund check. In high school, she had taken the Dave Ramsey High School Course, she is really interested in making her money work for her. So next week, she and I are going to go down to Edward Jones and invest her money. It's a start!

6.   Don't forget, the Early Bird pricing for the 2019 Homeschool Mom Conference is still going on.  It's only $15 for 100 talks, a digital swag bag, and vendor hall discounts and coupons. 

Seriously, why wouldn't you buy it?

7.  Lee Binz was offering her College Applications Explained workshop last week when she had to cancel - the stomach bug hit her house hard!  But she's rescheduled for next week for Thursday, May 2.

Do you have a student starting the junior or senior year? If so, that college application process probably looks downright overwhelming! You’re going to love this free upcoming class with Lee Binz, The HomeScholar! Join me and register for College Applications Simply Explained. 
Let Lee Binz show you how to unlock the mysteries of the college application process. You will . . .
  • Learn how to assess each college by location, fit, affordability, worldview, degree choices, and critical statistics, to find the perfect fit for your child.
  • Understand what colleges are looking for and learn how to convert your teen's awesome homeschool experiences into compelling essays.
  • Understand the critical components of homeschool records that you will need to submit with the applications.
  • Get some tips for letting go so you can release your teen on to college and career with joy and confidence.  


  1. Great work mom/ Grandmother. Math/Running/girl---those are right in line with a great college scholarships.
    I highly recommend using Schawb or some other low cost brokerage instead of Edward Jones. Although I have had some success through full priced brokers, I found that their bottom line is their income, not mine. If she has an idea of what stocks or ETF she wants, she can do that type of investing pretty easily. TIPS are purchased very inexpensively. If she needs direction, I recommend a Certified Financial Planner not a broker.


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