Wednesday, June 28, 2006

A new blog to visit


If you are looking for a wonderfully refreshing view of the world, please check out my dear sister's blog, The MickeyMiss Club.

Sunday, June 25, 2006

OH MOOOOMMYYYYY



I am ready for church!!!!

Our helper





Lawn work never looked so cute!

Incredible Story

About a year ago, I picked up a book at Kroger for Bean to read. It was called Gianna.

I found it an amazing story and was somewhat surprised that I had not heard about her before.

Then Laura stopped by my blog and I visited hers where I found this. ** Note** You may need to scroll up to see the post. I can't seem to fix this issue. *** You must read it. For the sake of any unborn child, you must.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Does anyone else

find Target's newest marketing campaign highly annoying if not offensive, but unfortunately true to life??

(Did anyone find that statement unbearable to read?)

Target is singing

"I want it, I need it" to which is answered "We got it!"

I find this so sad that our wants are now being recognized as our needs.

I suppose this has been the "theme" for our society for some time, but for Target to be so bold as to advertise with it?!

Do we really even know what our needs are anymore? Do I need new clothes? Do I need to get out and see a new movie or indulge in some supposed well-deserved mom-time out?

I think we have grown accustomed to having that which is necessary so easily attained that we now believe that our wants are actually needs.

Of course, having things is very nice. I enjoy most everything I have. I am very blessed and very grateful (usually), but I do feel much guilt over spending so much money on frivolous things when others go without true needs such as food, water, shelter, and basic clothing, not to mention medicines, jobs, and most importantly, love.

How do we balance our needs and wants? How do we recognize/trust that God will provide all that we need?

Do I have more than I need, and if so, how is it justified?

I certainly do not have answers to these ramblings, but I am interested in what others think.

Perhaps Multum non multa can apply to more than just our curriculum this year.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

So much to choose from

I have so many things that I could/should be doing at the moment, but alas, here I sit on my blog, churning ideas in my mind.

I was at my spinning class tonight and heard several women discussing how much time was left for summer vacation. One woman replied... "AN ETERNITY!" Everyone laughed. Everyone that is, except me.

I used to feel the way this woman does. Summer break was entirely too long. I could not handle being around my kids that long. Why couldn't we have year-round schooling??

Today, I look at summer-break as the time I spend relaxing with the kids, doing things we don't normally get to do (besides catching up on laundry) and planning our next school year. This year, I've also comitted to getting back into shape and studying Latin myself.

When this question came up tonight, my first thought was, "Only 6 weeks?!! Oh my goodness, I've got so little time left to play! I need to plan some FUN for the kids and I!" Yes, I even thought about running out of time for planning our next school year.

My goal for the next several weeks is to enjoy these dog days of summer. The 90 degree + heat by curling up with books, eating watermelon, and maybe even slipping in a nature walk in the early morning hours. The schedules can wait, but my children can not.

8 months old!


I can not believe how quickly the time goes while watching this wonderful baby boy grow! I don't think I've ever seen a more content child.

Things he can do now:

Sit up, but be ready to catch him

Babble, "Ba ba ba ba"

Run over anyone's toes in his walker, no favoritism shown to anyone, including ME!

Sleep

Fake cough... pretty funny!

Play Peek-a-boo

Bite the "hand" that feeds him... not so funny!!
Duel of the Seminarians

Hat tip to Catholic Homeschooling Teens! My sons came running as soon as they heard that infamous sound...

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Happy Birthday, Bean!



Our sweet little angel came into this world 15 years ago today. We are so proud of her and enjoy watching her transform from a wonderful young girl into a remarkable, brilliant, kind, and loving young woman.



Of course, with 15 comes the learner's permit, held high over her head with chants of "FINISH UP YOUR ALGEBRA!!"

As you can see, from an early age, Bean has been pining away for her dream car, currently one of these...



People are kind enough to remind us of how beautiful Bean is, and yes, we agree, but what these pictures can never show someone is the beauty that she has inside. She loves life, loves her family, and loves Christ. She strives to serve Him in most everything she does, and wouldn't that make any parent proud?

So please join me in wishing our little girl a very happy birthday. May God continue to reveal Himself to you and may you always feel His love as well as ours! We are so PROUD to call you daughter!



God has blessed our lives
By loaning us his daughter
Love with gentle touch

A Belated Father's Day Wish


Though my post is late, my wishes and prayers for Father's every where is not.

I thank my Heavenly Father for the blessing of my wonderful husband, the best father for our children. He is the maker of my dreams, the shelter in the storm, the rock on the sand. He is all that I hope my children will someday aspire to be.

I thank Him for my beloved father who is so far away physically, but never in spirit.

I thank Him for a father in law who treats me as his very own. He has taught me more about unconditional love and living your faith out loud than anyone I have ever known.

I thank Him for my brother and brother in law. They have made me an aunt to some of the greatest kids in the world. Being an aunt is an extension of motherhood that helps me to embrace love on levels that I never knew existed.

Happy Father's Day, today and everyday.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Sons with phases



Poor Foo is trying to find his place in this world. Not quite old enough to fit in with the teens, but too old to fit in with the little kids.

Eleven. The beginning of the tween years. These days, I can find him in his room, trying to figure out something important to do. He is so pensive, so insightful, and as always, so thoughtful of others.

Praying that he moves from this phase of childhood into young adolesence with great ease and sense of self.

Speaking of phases...



We thought we had been blessed with a child who might actually enjoy and appreciate the benefits of sleep!

Until last week, little Boo would go down at about 8 pm and sleep until 6 or 7 am, nurse for a bit and then sleep at least another hour.

Lately, we are on the dreaded 'wake up every 2 hours' loop. Did I mention that I am quite the grumpy soul when I don't get a full night's sleep?

This I am definately praying is a phase.

Is it any wonder...



that Fish woke up this morning, snuggled into bed with me and asked, "can we slap bad guys?" To which my thought is, "exactly what did you dream about?!"

I inform him that it would not be nice to slap anyone, bad guys included.

He then confides to me "When I grow up, I want to be a POLICE OFFER!!" (no, that is not a misspelling)

I have to admit that while I applauded his decision and hugged him and told him how proud I was of him, inside, my heart sank. I am embarrassed and ashamed that it did, but it did.

My selfish-self reared it's ugly head. I couldn't help but think of all the good men in this field today that put their lives on the line every day of the week all in the name of justice. I don't want my baby to fall prey to some "bad guy" out there.

Quickly, I admonished myself and considered that Fish's call may well be to become a POLICE OFFER, and who am I to stand in his way.

then I prayed it was just a phase...

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Mr. Campbell, please make my mommy stop!


Hey, Mommy, I have an idea!!!

If you put that Latin Centered Curriculum book down and get off of that Greek Mountain, (Parnassus), maybe I could eat??

Mr. Campbell, if you are reading this... please, please, please tell my mom to it is ok to take a break from your book... just for a day?



Update: My wonderful Godmommy heard my prayer! She borrowed the book from my mom... I get a whole night without hearing about it!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Narration of today


Today was quite a busy day. We got several things done that needed to be done.

The best part of the day is when our dear friends came over to work on a project together. There were 11 children here from the ages of 17 - 7 weeks.

The kids worked wonderfully together to complete our task (more on that later) and the day went fairly smoothly.

Until you consider Fish and his best buddy... Two 4 year olds ready to take on the world, like it or not! They have been appropriately nicknamed - Arma and Geddon.

We love these boys, but let me tell you, they can cyclone through a home in less than 5 seconds.

Key words of the day, I'll let you use your imagination...

Watermelon slices
Popcorn
Chips and Salsa
Tempera Paint

Oh, and let's not forget the Nerf Guns!

What a fun afternoon!! Really!

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Summer is here

It's official, summer is here. My schedule tells me so! Twice a year I find myself at this point in life. Time to wrap up loose ends, re-organize things on the homefront, and plan for the upcoming year. Christmas/New Year's and summertime will usually find me in this mode.

I had made so many plans for the summer, but I am finding that I am overscheduling myself and leaving little room for the truly important things that summer is all about, at least for us.

This is the time of year that I try to relax. I try to do more "fun" activities with the children. I try to learn something new.

For this reason, I could never truly homeschool year-round. Perhaps this is a result of my own education which meant having the summers off. Whatever the cause, as much as I tell my kids, "We'll be doing school all summer if we don't finish up by June 1st!" I can never bring myself to follow through on the threat.

This year, Bean will be working on Algebra all summer, but other than a few books we'll be reading together, our learning will consist of nature study from the pool, math calculations by figuring out how much food to prepare for friends who come to visit, and life skill development activities will come into play while we "Flylady" the rooms in our home. (I have tried to stay on Flylady's schedule all year, but I am a failure. I maintain until summer when I take one room a week and deep clean it. I also try to do this during Christmas vacation, but not as in depth.)

As a result of discerning what I need to focus on this summer, I realized that some things needed to be cut from my life, for the time being. I have a very hard time admitting that I can't do it all and feel somewhat disappointed in myself when I let go of things, but I am learning to hear God's voice more clearly and when He says, "LET IT GO" I'd be silly not to listen. Which brings me to my great epiphany this week...

I haven't been trusting God in all things. I was taken back when I realized it. Shocked actually. I thought I was doing so well, but then I realized, I am holding onto some things, trying to figure them out all on my own. How selfish of me! How typical of me!

The amazing thing is how all of this comes into focus at once. WHAMO! In my face, here it is, this is what you aren't doing, K!! I guess He tries subtle on me, but that doesn't usually catch my attention. I think I may even have asked for this. I remember praying for Him to show me what I need to be doing for Him and then, this showed up. TRUST ME! I heard it. In the shower. The place that I encounter most of my spiritual awakenings. Crazy, eh? Not at Mass, not in adoration, but the shower... Meet me where I am Lord! Thinking about this, I guess it's the one place I can't have a book in hand filling my mind and leaving little room for Him to talk.

I'm still working on "my plan" for the summer, while trying to hear His plan for us. I am hoping "His Plan" has some of the things I'd like to accomplish on it...

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Another Busy Week

This week was supposed to be my down week, but God has other plans! I plan to post all of the exciting things going on when I have a moment, but for now I'll leave you with a laundry list.

1. Reading Climbing Parnassus - what a book and I'm only in the first chapter!

2. KPI for my eldest... FINALLY! We may have found the key to a successful future for her.

3. Finishing up school for the 2005- 2006 year and looking ahead to 2006-2007 using LCC.

4. Re-reading LCC.

5. My self-education of Latin using Henle 1.

I'll leave you with another picture of Em from her First Communion. My husband and I are taking her out tonight for her special dinner to celebrate her reception of this sacrament.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

First Communion Day


Today, on Pentecost Sunday, Little Em will receive Jesus in the sacrament of Holy Communion. Please keep her in your prayers.

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful,
And enkindle in them the fire of Your love.


Thank you to her wonderful un
cle who created this portrait for us to cherish.

Happy Thought




The world is so full of a number of things
I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings


Thank you Robert Louis Stevenson. This simple poem that is always one of our first to memorize, begs to remind me to forget the laundry, forget balancing the Quicken account, instead, head for the pond to count the new ducklings.

There are 14!

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Newest Black Belts


We have two new black belts in our family! More pictures to come.

Em is picture here with her instructor. I hope to post Bean's picture as soon as I can.