I tell you - I am one blessed woman!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
A few years ago a good home schooling friend started collecting Pennies For Life. She would bring the donation jar to our faculty meetings and ask for families to bring some change to donate to our local Pro-Life center. She is now "graduated" from the group and yours truly has taken over the Pennies For Life Campaign. I've just finished counting last years donations $40 - not bad for spare change. I am going to send a check to the Pro-Life center from our home school group. This money is used to help provide for women in crisis pregnancies so that they will not be afraid to CHOOSE LIFE! I am hopeful that this donation amount will continue to grow and that one day in the not too distant future abortion will be a thing of the past!
I also took advantage of this opportunity to have a little math lesson with Buck and Honeybee.
They helped me sort the change.
We also had the first of many talks about the value of money. Buck didn't quite get it - When asked if he'd rather have 100 pennies or a dollar bill he quickly said
Sunday, July 19, 2009
On the bottom shelf I kept out books I may want to reference for looking ahead.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Hopefully I'll have some great "after" pictures to share soon! I am inspired by so many other bloggers who have beautifully organized spaces. Jennifer, Dawn, Jessica, Evann, and Donna to name a few. Thank you ladies for sharing and God Bless you all !
Saturday, July 11, 2009
O glorious St. Benedict, sublime model of all virtues, pure vessel of God’s grace! Behold me, humbly kneeling at thy feet. I implore thy loving heart to pray for me before the throne of God. To thee I have recourse in all the dangers which daily surround me. Shield me against my enemies, inspire me to imitate thee in all things. May thy blessing be with me always, so that I may shun whatever God forbids and avoid the occasions of sin.
Graciously obtain for me from God those favors and graces of which I stand so much in need, in the trials, miseries and afflictions of life. Thy heart was always so full of love, compassion, and mercy towards those who were afflicted or troubled in any way. Thou didst never dismiss without consolation and assistance any one who had re-course to thee. I therefore invoke thy powerful intercession, in the confident hope that thou wilt hear my prayers and obtain for me the special grace and favor I so earnestly implore (mention it), if it be for the greater glory of God and the welfare of my soul.
Help me, O great St. Benedict, to live and die as a faithful child of God, to be ever submissive to His holy will, and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven. Amen.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Monday, July 6, 2009
Outside my window... Things are sooo much clearer. I was so blessed to be able to clean my windows this weekend! I know that sounds odd, but you really appreciate good health when you've gone without it.
I'm thankful for.... The phone call I received this morning with the wonderful news! Thank you God for all of your blessings!
I'm hearing.... My children talking, singing songs from The Prince of Egypt, and enjoying each others company.
I'm looking forward to... Honeybee's Godparents coming over for supper tonight. We will finally celebrate her Baptism Anniversary - about a month late. Better late than never :) She's excited!
Around the house... Curtains are down for washing, blinds are dusted, dryer is running, big girls are working on cleaning out their desks, Honeybee's making a mess :) and Buck is playing with cars and pretending to be a Jedi in training.
I'm excited about... The upcoming "school" year. We don't really break the year up into school time and non-school time. I believe everything we do should be educational - working towards heaven. My goal is to surround our children with everything that is beautiful. Can't wait for payday to order some more school books.
I'm so looking forward to our PSR (Parish School of Religion) starting back in August. I have been so blessed by the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and can't wait to get back in the Atrium and co-listen to God with the children.
I'm praying for..... My cousin Danny who is battling cancer. Dear Lord, please heal him if it is Your Holy Will.
Also for all of our priest (Parish priest and Father Mark in particular)
I'm working on.... My new planner and creating my own file crate system.
I'm listening to .... Natalie Grant's CD Awaken.
I truly believe... We must be so careful with the music we listen to and the movies/TV shows we watch! May it ALL bring glory to God! (For the record....I don't always succeed in this but, I keep trying!)
A Fun-Filled Fourth of July!
Saturday, July 4, 2009
The Star Spangled Banner
Oh, say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars, thro' the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watch'd, were so gallantly streaming?
And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.
O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?
Composed by Francis Scott Key, "In Defense of Fort McHenry" in September 1814. Congress proclaimed it the U.S. National Anthem in 1931.
A must read article "What's right with America"