Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Homeschool Blessings

Today is our Homeschool Blessing Mass. We have been homeschooling for close to 10 years!
The year after we started homeschooling, I coordinated my first Blessing Mass. I had no idea what I was doing!!
It was much easier this year and last. I a so very thankful for the beautiful families that the Holy Spirit has placed in my path. I really miss the families that I met when we first started homeschooling and the wonderful K4J families and park day friends. How am I going to create similar memories for my caboose? I find it increasingly difficult to find social outlets for her. I know people with children her age but our schedules don't match up (or it is a common/reoccurring fear that my kids' behavior and our food allergies have alienated us from everyone.)
A long time ago when our lives were in turmoil, a beloved priest told us to "circle the wagons" and focus on our little family. Ever since then, it has been very, very difficult to join or return to normalcy.

Jesus I Trust You!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Reconciling Peace and Fear

Eight years ago, my community of Catholic homeschoolers  were very worried about the future of our country. I didn't sleep for days because I was so worried about the future. At the time, I had no idea that our health insurance would cost more than a mortgage payment; police officers would be targets of violence; Christian small businesses would bullied into closing and forced into buying morally unacceptable heath insurance; and Nuns that take care of the dying would be forced to buy birth control and abortion inducing drugs. President Obama appointed Supreme Court judges that made their opinions about supporting abortion well known.
I am a bit confused by the riots and protests only in that, we didn't riot 8 years ago. Why should they? Is it really going to make a difference? 
I tried to calm the fear and judgement in my 3rd Grade RE Class last night. The president can't do some of the things that social media (and I use that term very loosely) says he is going to do. We just need to be patient and trust Jesus. It is still the year of Mercy, let us give and receive Mercy.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

St. Elmo, protect Texas!

Today is the Feast day of St. Elmo-patron of sailors and protection from storms. St. Elmo's Fire is an atmospheric phenomenon that can be seen before or during the storm - lights on masts, rocks, ropes etc. 
It's named after St. Elmo, who did not fear thunders striking beneath him. Sailors say it's a good omen and sign, that God guides the ship through the storm.

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Humility and Social Media

A long-time friend visited us last week. She thanked me for posting pictures of the kids and asked why I didn't post more. My answer was quick and easy, "I don't want to be one of those moms." She knew exactly what I meant. I am not perfect and I might post a short story or photo about my kids, but I think about doing it much more than I actually do it. Not everyone enjoys slice of life of stay at home moms.
In my mind, I "practice" humility because of my humanness and sinfulness I can not be fully humble. It is a deep struggle to be proud of our children and practice temperance about their achievements. Hubby and I were raised with polar opposite views of parental pride. My sisters and I were good students, good citizens and very involved in many school clubs and activities. My parents supported us by allowing us our interests, endeavors and talents. They showed up, gave hugs, smiles, kind words and flowers BUT I never recall hearing them talk to others about our activities or accomplishments. Hubby's family praised everything he did and he could do no wrong. He was not a kid who was involved in anything outside of school.
Balance is a practice, never attained.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Brilliance of Rev. Know-it-all (Fr. Richard Simon)

"Jesus never told us to burn anyone at the stake. We decided to do that on our own initiative. It was never part of our religion and I suspect that Jesus is going to be rather hard on those who decided to do such things in His name since He never asked them to do it."