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


This isn't exactly out my window, but it's one of the highlights of mother's day for me. This is a photograph that was in my late sister-in-law's belongings. I think she took it and then had put it on a poster board, but I don't know for sure and there's no information about where it was taken. 

Anyway, at a family get together they had more of her belongings for us to go through and I like this so I brought it home. Mr. Pete framed it for me and hung it in our room next to my side of the bed.  I think it looks great there. 

I am thinking...

Through a series of unfortunate events, I honestly had a kind of crappy mother's day. It wasn't as bad as the one 10 years ago just before my mom died, or the first one without her. It also wasn't as bad as the year my sister got hit by a car during her Mother's Day bike ride. But it was still kind of ... awful. 

One of my son's said to me, "Well when we were growing up, we didn't make a big deal out of Mother's Day." I reminded him that that was because we were making a big deal out of Mother's Day for Grandma! Seriously, my sister and I, or Mr. Pete and I, took her out someplace nice. I tried to buy her a corsage to wear to church, and a small gift. It was a big deal because we adults made it a big deal. 

It also didn't help that the powers that be at CYO decided to take up most of Sunday afternoon with a track meet, so that the dutiful mothers that drive their kids to practice all week could spend their special day sitting outside in the cold and rain. 

My kids also decided to get me cake and chocolate - because they think I like spending 6 hours a week on my elliptical I guess. Sigh. 

I am thankful...

that we made it back from Oklahoma even after having our tire disintegrate at 70 miles per hour in the fast lane.

I am pondering...
Gray hair. 
There's two ways to think of going gray. One is that it is part of the normal biology of a woman, along with aches and pains and growing more frail that makes her disappear into the background.


There's wearing that gray like a boss and standing out strong and fierce. My sister-in-law is a boss at that. She looks amazing with her gray.

I have this fantasy that I do too - and then mother's day kind of makes me think I've faded more into the wallpaper than I had imagined. 

And then I think about my mom. When she finally let her hair go all white it was beautiful. And though she was not boisterous by any means, she was a force to be reckoned with. I'm going to have to think about how she did that. I miss her. Very. much. 

One of my Favorite Things...

I have been a soccer mom for 26 years. I started when my oldest was 4 years old. In that time I have never, ever seen one of my kids kick a goal. They have of course, but I never got to witness it.

The very first time one of my kids kicked a goal, my oldest was in 2nd grade. For some reason instead of going to his game, I decided to help one of my clients move her medical office to a new space. He kicked his first ever goal. And 12 years later my client let me go... so that was a dumb choice.

One time I remember getting my second son to his game late. I pulled up to the field in my van, let him out. He proceeded to run to the field, got the ball and scored immediately. I missed it, because I was parking the van.

Then with the Saturday Soccer League and having multiple kids on multiple fields, I never managed to be at the right place at the right time to see one of my kids score.

Until Saturday, when Rosie kicked the winning goal of a shoot off during the play offs. 
She shoots

She Scores

In the kitchen...

I think hamburgers. I'd like to grill them but it rains all. the. time. so probably just fix them on the grill.

I am wearing...
My workout clothes

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.  
  • 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 today.
  • Plan Miss C's first grade year - I have the official okay from her mama that I will be teaching her next year. 

From the Learning Rooms...


Finished her Tolkien writing class and got an A on her weekly work and an A on her final paper, as well as her presentation. 

And then she helped me make this cute craft so that I could use it with Miss C. for Caps for Sale!


Today at Grandma school.

A Photo to share

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A quote to share...
Dennis Prager on the death of his mother 2009.