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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Happy Advent!

Our Advent Tree, with Jesse Tree ornaments and Saint ornaments from Catholic Icing
I know this posting is late, as I should have posted before Advent, but better late than never!  We are having a low-stress Advent here.  I prepped for it . . . a little.  I pulled out the Holy Heroes Advent Adventure:  Jesse Tree DVD and printed the ornaments off on purple construction paper.  I had also ordered the Christmas Mosaic from Amazon.  I couldn't find it available on Hillside Education, so it must be out of print now, but Amazon had it.  I completely took advantage of the library and got out every book that I could from our library and requesting those that were at other libraries to be sent.  For the most part, I was able to find the selections in Catholic Mosaic.  In addition, I purchased the printable saint ornaments from Lacy over at Catholic Icing.  They are well worth the small price.  If you are pressed for time or have small children, print them in color and put them together ahead of time.  While we forget to light the Advent wreath (owing to the fact that we are not home altogether in the evenings as often as we used to be now that I and two more of my children are employed), we have been able to keep up with our Advent tree and readings. 

We've also been able to celebrate some of the feast days - - stockings for St. Nicholas, Taco Night for St. Juan Diego, Lusekatters for St. Lucy . . . As we head into the last week before Christmas, I look forward Our Lord's birth and for the New Year!

(Note:  Okay - - so about the Juan Diego on top of the tree . . . Daniel thought the tree needed a topper and thought his Juan Diego paper doll from Paper Dali would work.  Be sure to check out their great line of coloring pages!)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

It's been . . . . .

Virginia Beach, September 2014
I cannot believe it has been over two years since I posted here!  Much has happened in those two years. 

My oldest, Jeremy, has graduated from Seton Home Study and has gone on to study at our local community college.  He is now in his second year there and will probably spend another full year there, going on to a four year school in the spring of 2015.  He is undecided as of yet.

Andrea, my oldest daughter, and her twin, Alexander, are now 16.  Andrea is still studying at home full time and working a local fast food restaurant.  She continues in dance and is an assistant.  Alexander is taking a couple of courses up at the community college this semester and next.  He will go full time next year.  He is looking for a job - - St. Joseph, pray for us.

Girls Dance Recital, May 2014
Jenna has started high school.  The last of the oldest to do so.  I am using mostly Mother of Divine Grace lesson plans.  I love the creativity they employ with regards to writing.  I also enjoy the flexibility of not being enrolled in any particular "school." 

Daniel is now five, and has started kindergarten at home.  He is doing well learning his letter sounds and numbers.  We are working on blending sounds to make words.  Patience is my mantra these days. 

Sophia is now two years old and cute as a button.  She joins Daniel in some of his school day.  One of her favorite activities is the toddler story time at the library. 

Hopefully, I can post a little more now.  May God Bless you!

In Christ,

Williamsburg, September 2014