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What we’ve been up to…..

Things have been quite busy here. Between all of our school work and household chores, we have been fund raising for DD15 to go on a trip. She is leaving on Wednesday for the National Catholic Youth Conference. She is quite excited. I am happy that she is excited, but I am also a little nervous about the travel. The last time she traveled without me she was in an auto accident and it took her all summer to recuperate from it. I guess she is statistically less like to have any issues this time, but I am a mom, after all.
We participated in the making of several “drive thru dinners.”

We also participated in several bake sales, an M&M’s mini change fundraiser, a Knights of Columbus “tootsie roll drive,” a couple of pancake breakfasts, a craft fair, “Celebrate Ludlow,” a Tupperware fundraiser, and one day of “rent a teen.” There was also a fundraiser which included putting plastic flamingos on people’s lawns. We only did this once as it seemed a little like participating in graffiti to me. We had to raise about $1000. We paid a little bit out of pocket toward that goal in the form of the initial deposit.
We have worked toward this goal for the last eight months.
I am sure that the next several days will be wonderful for DD. She will be surrounded by 20,000 other young Catholics. They will celebrate the Holy Mass together and participate in Eucharistic adoration. She will be immersed in her faith. I pray that this trip draws her closer to our Lord.

Dear Lord,
Thank You for the opportunity for DD. She is excited. Please keep her safe as she travels. Please draw her closer to You and to Your Sacred Heart. May Your truth be all that she seeks. Please be with the other pilgrims on the journey. May all of their hearts be touched by Your love and grace. There are a couple of young people who desperately need You to touch their lives, Lord. It is obvious in what they say and how they act that they are searching. Touch them particularly, please.
Mother Mary, please lay your mantle over the pilgrims and keep them safe from harm.


There is a local Greek festival in our area called Glendi. I thought it would be the perfect place to go with my dear son as he begins studying Ancient Greece in history. We went and enjoyed many different Greek foods, art done by local Greek artists, Greek music on the bouzouki, and a variety of Greek products in the vendor market.
My son loved the diples , the baklava, and the pastitsio or “Greek lasagna”.

A New School Year

We officially began our new school year with First Friday Mass and Adoration last wee, but out “classes” didn’t begin until today. We started the morning with breakfast out at a local diner and prayer for a successful day and year. We had a few hiccups throughout the day, but all in all in went well. I think that we may ask St. Benedict to be our patron this year. Our first lesson in Latin included the motto of the Benedictines, “Ora et labora.”

Dear Lord,
Thank you for the day. Please help us to continue to have good attitudes and to do our best.

St. Benedict, ora pro nobis.

Favorite Tools

This is a Mega Thatsa Bowl from Tupperware. It holds 42 cups and is the perfect tool for many of the big jobs around my kitchen. I use it when I am mixing up a batch of baking mix that starts with 5 pounds of flour. I also use it for mixing things like triple batches of scalloped potatoes with ham and cheese like I cooked for dinner tonight. If you have a large family, it is an awesome tool for your kitchen.

This is a tool that is new in my homeschool. It is a GBC ProClick. With it I can bind pages together in a spiral binding to make books. I won this recently in a drawing from Debra Reed of Notebooking Pages uses on in her homeschool and wanted to share this tool with others. I am so excited to have it. I had been eying it online at Amazon for a while. I have already bound several things that I used to keep in binders. It is amazing how much that has opened up my shelf space. I am looking ahead to the end of the school year when I will bind together some of my children’s work to save for future reference.This is what the binding spines look like.
This tool is used to close the spine once the punched pages are laid into it.
Here are a few finished books.

This is already becoming a favorite tool! I am really looking forward to using it to put a new “spin” on our lapbooks.

Dear Lord,
Thank you sending me this wonderful tool through the contest on Notebooking Pages. May it become a blessing to others as well as to my family. Please show me how both of these tools can be used to help others.

The heart

While studying the heart, we were instructed to used graham crackers and red and blue frosting to make a model of the heart. We had graham crackers, but, alas, the only frosting we had was left over green frosting from Christmas time. Well, we made a model by other means. Instead of using graham crackers to represent the auricles and ventricles, we used pudding cups. We added blue food coloring to vanilla pudding to show deoxygenated blood, and put some pink writing icing on top of vanilla pudding to stand in as oxygenated blood. We then used mini marshmallows to demonstrate the position of the ascending and descending aorta. This was our result:

My son’s favorite part was eating the pudding!

Dear Lord,
Thank You for the way ways we can learn about Your creation. We are fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image and likeness. Please help us to represent You to one another.