Thursday, May 19, 2016

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:

"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""

Monday, May 9, 2016

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 threatening than the original cancer. 
  • No, I am actually not particularly worried about recurrence.
  • Yes, I feel fantastic.
For those who have no clue what I'm rambling about, the explanation can be found here.  I took most of the "cancer talk" off the blog in order to focus on the original purpose of Classically Catholic. Now, back to the business of Classical Education and Catholic Family Life.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

Movie Night Done Right

We've found a new service that filters offensive scenes and language from movies. No more surprises on family movie night. We choose what to watch and what to filter when we stream through VidAngel. And the latest titles are available on VidAngel BEFORE Redbox and Netflix.  You're welcome.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

A Promise for Families in Transition

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.
Constructing cubicles inside the Youth Center,  for families in need of  temporary lodging
 until they can transition back into permanent affordable housing.

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.
Putting on the final touches before meeting our 13 guests 
who will join us for a week of good food and fellowship.

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, February 23, 2015

Monday Mania At Mia's

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.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Smoking Hot Homeschooling

I've been doing more than my fair share of complaining lately. Seems this homeschooling gig used to be more fun in the early days. Lately we've been stuck on the same ol' lesson: "For Every Action There Is An Equal And Opposite Reaction."  For Example: I say, "Let's get moving and finish the schoolwork (and the housework) so we can get to the fun stuff."  Their reaction is to whine and dig in their heels- while productivity comes to a screeching halt. And yet another day passes without getting to the illusive Fun Stuff. Why is it soooo difficult to work with these boys lately???? Might as well browse Facebook and read a blog post or two while I wait for them to get busy. Right?  Probably not. Well, maybe, if it means reading this post by Heidi, at Busy Mom. Turns out it isn't a boy thing. It has nothing to do with the kids at all. I have simply lost my vision. I lost my vision for our homeschool, and for our family in general. It seems to be a common theme this time of year. My friend, Jennifer, agreed," I will join you in finding a vision. As my youngest complained the other day that school is just work. He wants to just learn, not sit and do work all the time."

Time to put less value on the task list and more value on the person in front of me at the moment.  In case I was wondering if this  renewed vision was what Christ would want me to pursue, another friend, also named Jennifer, confirmed it in a Sappari Solutions Workshop which referenced 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families and this blogpost on Creating a Positive Family Culture. 
So I ditched the regularly scheduled day, to read and pray 
and listen to podcasts. I learned a lot. (Well, re-visited old lessons with a refreshed mindset, anyway). 
AND it was exciting…..
 AND it was FUN…..
 AND it was decided that we DO need more learning 
without so much Work! More hands on experiences 
and fewer workbook pages. 
(Finally set off those smoke bombs we made in January)
 AND we definitely need fewer Mommy Melt-Downs 
over that pesky task list.
AND we REALLY, REALLY needed a Wednesday night star gazing party, complete with roasted marshmallows, hot chocolate, good friends and football on the lawn. A delightful evening to break up an otherwise monotonous week. After the other families said their good-byes, the kids and I stayed up ridiculously late ON A SCHOOL NIGHT to learn about the winter sky. We learned the difference between sighting the Little Dipper and Orion's Belt, and between the red glow of Betelgeuse and Jupiter or Mars. We laughed and talked and sang Mumford and Sons songs around the fire pit with a dear young priest that stuck around for the "after party." We told funny stories about growing up in a large family (Fr. Stephen is #8 of 10). We ate lots of chocolate. Then we called it a night. We called it a Very.Very.Good. Night.  Lesson Learned. 

I'll be trading in February Burnout, for Smoking Hot Homeschooling to wrap up the academic year. Lent provides the perfect opportunity to make a habit of keeping things in proper perspective.