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 couldn't figure out why most of my tulips in front of the house failed to come up this spring. I let them die naturally last year and let their leaves remain until they browned up, making sure that all of that photosynthesis would feed and nourish the bulb for pretty blooms this spring.

Still nothing. 

I mentioned that to Rosie. "I wonder why none of my tulips bloomed?"
"Maybe they got pulled up when someone was weeding the garden," she opined. 
"Are you trying to tell me something Rosie?"


So I think next fall I'm going to let her plant the bulbs so that she will be less apt to pull them out when she is weeding the front garden. 

I am thinking...
About Easter Sunday and how busy I was during the last part of Lent. I'm grateful that my young daughter and granddaughter keep me so busy, and I try to keep aware that in a shorter time than I can imagine, this time too will pass.

I am thankful...
Saturday Mr. Pete and I had to travel out of town to attend his sister's milestone birthday party. We were gone for 12 hours. While we were gone, my daughters and goddaughter took care of setting up the soccer fields for soccer, made sure Miss C. made it to soccer and watched her play her little game, loaded up all the goals after soccer, and then went home to make pies and salads for Easter dinner. I literally didn't have to do a thing. I am convinced that my 13- and 19-year-old daughters could run this place with little or no help from me!


I am pondering...
What to do for homeschooling next fall. We are part of a great co- op with many good friends but I think we have some philosophical differences. I look at homeschooling as a journey to be savored. Many of my friends look at it as something to get through quickly so that you can enroll in dual credit programs and get as many college credits as possible. I'm not against dual enrollment, but I really think when it comes to saving college costs that should be one of many choices. I still like CLEP and AP for college credit and concentrating on a decent ACT score for scholarships. 

That said, I think I will enroll Rosie in the English class offered by the co-op this fall, but heavily supplement some of the readings that I want to cover. 

One of my Favorite Things...

Mr. Pete cantoring on Easter Sunday

In the kitchen...
I made some cashew bread for Good Friday and to snack on this week. 



From Danielle Walker's Celebration Cookbook. 

I am wearing...
My workout clothes. Just put another 6 miles on the elliptical machine in 30 minutes.

I am going...
  • To try to get 6 or 7 miles in on the elliptical at least four days this week. 
  • to cut my carbs via the Wheat Belly Total Health: The Ultimate Grain-Free Health and Weight-Loss Life Plan recommendations and Intermittent Fasting.  I think I am at the point that I really don't need three meals a day. A very small breakfast and then eating after 1 p.m. seems to be enough.
  • Working on the "lose the mummy tummy" goal. I'll be documenting that more in a special e-mail list. If you'd like to follow the ups and downs of that, click here. 
  • More flute practice this week to prepare for my nephew's wedding and some memorial services.  
  • Starting to plan for next year's homeschool.  
  • Give Rosie the standardized test probably next week.
  • Plan Miss C's first grade year - I have the official okay from her mama that I will be teaching her next year. 
  • Rosie is performing on the piano this week. Then she has three  parties to attend next weekend. 


From the Learning Rooms...

Spring break!

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