Divine Mercy Novena

Paul II and Pope John XXIII will be canonized by the Catholic Church on Divine Mercy Sunday.
Leading up to Divine Mercy Sunday, I will be praying the Divine Mercy Novena beginning on Good Friday.
If you would like to pray along, you can find the prayers and sign up for a daily email reminder here.

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It has been a while

The last couple of months have gone by in a blur.  DS is in a co-op writing class where we have 8 boys all aged 11-13 and one girl in the same age range. It makes for quite a lively group.  The one girl is usually pretty quiet, but the boys are anything but. It would be nice if they learned to take turns answering the questions and raised their hands.

DS has been writing quite well, too. He had difficulty with the latest assignment which required him to write from a picture or comic strip with the words removed.  He decided to use Comic Life, a comic writing program, to put in pictures of some of his favorite game heroes and to then write about them. His result was a nearly 3 page product. We are using one of IEW’s writing courses so there are very specific directions for what must be included in each paragraph. He writes his rough draft, I edit it, and then another mom corrects the final product.

We are blessed to have in our homeschool group a mom who is a published author. She has sons around the same age as DS.  Her boys are also in the writing class.

One of the tools I have used over the years for my children’s homeschool writing and projects is Notebooking Pages. I really like the Notebooking Publisher, and I have a lifetime membership to Notebookingpages.com.  I have used the pages to create notebooks and workbooks as well as to have my son use a template and type in his report right into the form. He can then just print it out. He can make a really nice looking document.

They have Black Friday specials coming up at Notebooking Pages. I highly recommend checking it out.

 

In full swing

We are in full swing of the homeschool year here.  With a 13 year old boy this is proving to be quite a challenge.Perhaps it is because he is the youngest that he is also more difficult at this age than I recall any of the others being.

We are again using an eclectic mixture of curricula.  We are finishing up Connecting With History volume 2 and will soon begin volume 3.  For Science we have Holt Earth Science.  DS has begun Algebra this year with Systematic Mathematics Introducing Algebra. We are using the eighth grade Seton readers and Adventures in American Literature from Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich.  This last is an older literature book and contains some great stories. I really prefer using the older books for literature because they contain actual literature.  So many of the newer books contain drivel.

Our history program also contains great literature. Our homeschool adventure is heavy on reading. Historical fiction takes us back in time to the periods we are studying and helps to put the way of life into perspective.  I know DS is looking forward to getting into the medieval literature all about knights and squires.  The very subjects his sister abhorred are a great draw on his interest.

Dear Lord,

Please help me to be the mother and teacher you desire me to be. May I seek Your guidance in all I do and may I see Your face in my children.

Amen.

Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Starting on October 4th, I am joining more than 63,000 Catholics to pray the Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for a special event coming up!
Pope Francis is planning a Marian Day celebration at the Vatican and at this event he plans to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!
This event is on October 13th and PrayMoreNovenas.com is organizing a novena as a way for us to join in unity with the Holy Father and prepare for this event.
You can sign up for handy email reminders to get the the novena prayers here:
After you sign up, maybe you can help spread the word as well. God’s Mercy is abundant and overflowing, let’s share it!

Happy Mother’s Day

Mother’s day brings to mind things that I don’t often think about anymore. While I have four living children, I had two other pregnancies that ended at around seven weeks gestation.  Both of these losses were devastating. On Mother’s day I think of these two children who were so small that I don’t know their genders. One of these children was very my very first pregnancy.  The other was my third pregnancy.

On Mother’s Day I also think of my three stepsons and all of the “stuff” that comes with being a step mother. It is a fine line to walk, to be supportive and loving without over stepping the invisible boundaries. There are bittersweet memories of things like helping with homework and realizing that their mother was not really capable of helping them with it.

I look to the Blessed Mother now and pray that I can learn from her even know that my children are grown and nearly grown. I pray that I can achieve even some small part of the goal to be like Her.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all the gifts you have given me.  Thank you for my children and my stepsons. Each of them has taught me something.

Amen.