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Wanderlust

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Wouldn't it be fabulous if home educators could receive the same tax payer funding as the public school system? With that kind of money per child, we could go to Egypt, Greece, and Rome while studying Ancient Civilizations. Since it was always more of a daydream than a possibility, we visited those places in our imagination with the help of living books (lots and lots of books) and internet resources. It definitely spurred a wanderlust in all of my children.

I think they also an inherited the travel gene from my Dad's side of the family.  As a teenager, his father took an unexpected journey as a stowaway on a slow boat to China (literally), which eventually led to a career in Aruba, where my father was born.  As an adult, my dad joined the military and raised his family all across the USA, with 4 year stint in Okinawa.

I once counted that I had attended 16 different schools before finishing high school. Don't ask me to recreate that count. My memory isn't what it used …

She's Alive

That's right folks, I am still kicking. Just not blogging. Because, you know, LIFE. It happens. And lots of activity is happening around here lately. No clue where to begin!  


Let's see. About a month ago I was complaining to God (as unfortunately is my habit) that I am restless, bored, and dissatisfied with my state in life. Can't a girl have some time to herself?  Since I recently had a 15 day adventure (that's a post in itself), I knew that wasn't a valid desire.  I remembered Mother Teresa saying "if we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."  I read (somewhere) she once told one of her sisters that if she was dissatisfied, it must be that she was holding something back from God. So I asked what I was supposed to be doing, instead of daydreaming about how I would spend my free time (if it were up to me). 
BAM! It certainly didn't take long to learn the answer.  Since that prayer we have been flooded with opportu…

You Must Be Catholic

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Reposting this from ages ago. Because I felt like it.
You must be Catholic or madly in love,” said the gas station attendant as I escorted 7 sleepy children past the candy isle to the restroom. It was 2:00 am and we were only halfway to our destination. “Both,” I replied with a wink and a grin. It was a pleasant change from the stale comments I usually get from strangers in public places:
“Don’t you know what causes that?”
            Duh- yeah, I think we’ve perfected it.
“Haven’t you got a TV?”
            Yes, we have a TV. But we have an even better marriage.


But this nameless gentleman at the Quick Stop was right on the money. I am very much enamoured with my husband and my Catholic faith, because both are teaching me how to live richly in the fullness of love.


How I wish those lessons had been well received earlier in life!  You see, at the rebellious know it all age  tender young age of 16, I was well versed in the pop culture version of counterfeit love and feminism.  I knew how to…

Science Without ConSCIENCE

Just because they can:
Scientist create glow in the dark pigs by injecting the DNA from jellyfish into pig embryos. 
Interesting? Amusing? How about this one: In Search of Cures, Scientists Create Embryos That Are Both Animal And Human.
"You have to speak to the world about His great mercy and prepare the world for the Second Coming of Him who will come, not as a merciful Savior, but as a just Judge. Oh how terrible is that day! Determined is the day of justice, the day of divine wrath. The angels tremble before it. Speak to souls about this great mercy while it is still the time for granting mercy." (Diary of Sr. Faustina 635).

"Conscience- from Latin conscientia "knowledge within oneself, sense of right, a moral sense""

Since You Asked….

For those who have been asking about the fairly recent turn around in my attitude and my physical appearance, here it is in a nutshell:

Yes, I had the surgery. No, I would NOT do it over again if given the opportunity. Yes, I dropped a good bit of weight. No, it was not on purpose. Yes, it is a healthier weight (same that I weighed at age 24- if it was a healthy weight then, it is certainly a healthy weight for me now). No, it was not due to the treatment protocol (which, by the way, I declined). Yes, I am eating a plant based diet (85-95%).No, I haven't totally given up animal protein. (You could call me a "flexitarian")Yes, I am working out more often.No, still not as often as I should.Yes, Medishare paid for everything once I met the deducible. No, I am not seeing an oncologist anymore. Yes, I am planning to have a doctor monitor my health. *I just need to find one who will order the tests I need, without trying to coerce me into a treatment that is more life threateni…

A Promise for Families in Transition

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A new undertaking has taken over much of my time. Join me at Family Promise to see what we've been up to, in lieu of blogging.
Jennifer and I with Archbishop Gregory Aymond  at the Family Promise Launch and Press Conference.


I am really not sure why the inside of these blackout curtains vary so much in color. It is a small matter, unless the family is as OCD as I am.
Visit the Facebook Page to see the pics of the Day Center. We have a rocking executive director who not only works with the family to address their specific needs, but also finds alternate accommodations for those who cannot benefit from this particular apostolate.


Monday Mania At Mia's

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The grandtwins are hanging out with us this week, to see what preschool would be like at Mia's house.  Since it was Monday, we decided to begin with the letter M. The boys went on a scavenger hunt to find mustard, maps, markers, make-up, music makers, and money (which somehow ended up in someone's wallet instead of on the "M Museum"  table).

Then we practiced writing Mm and colored pictures of Monkeys and Mummies. After an early lunch we went to Mass and talked about Mother Mary.

Naptime was followed by Matching Mini Madonna Masterpieces. Science consisted of a quick look through astronomy books focussing on the phases of the Moon.  We ended with a cooking lesson.

Mall Pretzels  (Ok, I know that one was a stretch- but it was a nice lenten snack).  Better enjoy it now. They grow up so quickly.