Friday, April 29, 2011

Wrapping Up Our Week 4/29/11


~ On My Mind ~

*If I were to marry my beloved again, I would have worn what the Duchess of Cambridge wore! It was elegant and perfect for the inside of a church.

*The blasted winds are back!  Ugh!

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General Studies:

*The girls are starting to wrap up.  Two of them have finished their phonics books. 

*Final tests will begin by the end of next week with the tests being spread out over the next two weeks.  Some subjects are further along than others.

Kindergarten:

*Looking for a new Kindergarten program for Stan next year.  I think I'll start with Seton as a base and branch off from it. 

Science:

*I will look for a new science program for Ester for 5th grade as well as one for Sally for the 7th grade.  I have heard a lot of good things with the Apologia program.

Achievement Tests:

*I ordered the CAT tests for Ester and Mabel and will administer it at home as I do each year.  Seton than scores it for the families.

*The end of May, Sally will be taking the long form Cat 5 with a group of homeschoolers that will be proxied by a handful of moms.  She is old enough now where she should be taking it in a group setting. 


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Little Flowers/Little Woman's Hospitality Program:

The hosting family had the stomach bug and so we postponed our LF/LW group this week.  I was going to be teaching more on the virtue of Loyalty. 

We were focusing on Poppies again, and I had come up with this cute idea for the Little Flowers art project::


I first sealed the inside and outside of each.  Next, I painted three poppies around the outside of mine as an example for the girls.  I also purchased a set of poppy seeds for them to plant when they are finished painting.  I think they'll like this craft!


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We received package in the mail from some postcard buddies!



This card and lovely package came from Tiffany and her family (Family At the Foot of the Cross).  The kids really enjoyed it!  Thank you, Tiffany and family!

If anyone is ever interested in exchanging state postcards, let me know.  They can be very hard to find these days!

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Choir:

The girls are singing for a First Communion Mass on Saturday morning and a Divine Mercy / Pope JPII program at church on Sunday afternoon. 


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The long awaited notice came......our subdivision pool opens Saturday, April 30th!!!!


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Please stop in at Jen's Forever, For Always, No Matter What to visit more homeschooling fun.

~ Patty ~

This Moment




This moment...One photo...No words.

For more beautiful moments, visit soulemama.
~ Patty ~

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Kids In the Kitchen

**I need to start with good news ~ my brother Mike's test is done and it went smoothly.  He had his x-ray and echocardiogram done in March, heart MRI today, and stress tests in May.  They'll use this time to study all the results from March and April and map out a course of treatment for him.   Results won't be back until May 10.  Thank you for the prayers!**





Sally was busy in the kitchen  Palm Sunday weekend.  She was going through my recipe binder and decided to try out this recipe.

Chocolate Chip Marble Pound Cake

Ingredients:
1 yellow cake mix
1 small pkg. instant vanilla pudding mix
4 eggs
1 c. sour cream
1/2 c. oil

1/2 (6oz.) pkg. chocolate chips
1/3 c. chocolate syrup

Directions:
1. Grease and flour bundt pan.  Mix all ingredients together.  Pour 1/3 batter into pan. 

2.  To the second 1/3 mixture, add: chocolate chips and chocolate syrup.  Mix well.  Spoon over first mixture/layer.

3.  Spoon  the last 1/3 of mixture over all.  Stir with a knife to marble the batter.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes.

Topping:
Sally used the Hines Chocolate Glaze (ready to pour).  It was less expensive than if she had made it from scratch.

**I had received this recipe from my friend, Sondra, and it tastes as good as it looks!**




Enjoy!

~ Patty ~

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Sites, Sounds, and Smells of Easter...



The picture of the hen below is part of a beautiful tablecloth which my mother and father brought back for me when they visited Slovenia, (my grandparents' homeland), about 8 or 9 years ago.


I just love it! (And even kept the original package with the Slovenian language written on it.)


The chocolate nests almost didn't happen this year.  We didn't remember to do them until almost bedtime and at that very moment, Mabel came in crying with her frog Bill...belly up...dead

Then Stan started crying telling us that "Bill was my bestest friend!"  (News to us?!) 

To calm all the tears, I told them we would have  a funeral after Easter,  like we did for Ben last summer.

 Sally then mentioned she'd like a double burial since her frog Buddy was still frozen in the freezer patiently waiting for his burial.  (How long has he been in the morgue?!)












Note Stan's smile below.  (ugh!)  And that was his best one out of all the photos we took.  



New home school friends joined us in the afternoon.  They are new to Texas and have no family nearby.  I must say, their company made this our best holiday in Texas thus far!






The day ended with excitement when we were under a tornado watch...the storm blew in quite mightily...the power went  out...10  kids in the hallway...yowzer!  That hallway smelled like a giant, wet puppy!  I looked over at Marianne who was calming her frightened 6 year old, gave her a smiled and welcomed her to Texas!  (She said she missed her basement :)

 I just love Easter!  The entire Lenten season, Easter Triduum, and Glorious Easter Sunday.  As I've grown from child to adult, Easter has grown into my favorite season of the year.   

Enjoy your Easter season, everyone!

~ Patty ~

Monday, April 25, 2011

White-as-snow Soul

Our Holy Triduum began with Mabel receiving her first Sacrament of Reconciliation on Holy Thursday, after Mass.  We could not have been happier for her!


It was such a beautiful moment and I'm sure she did a great job. 

I love the way Seton explains this sacrament to the little ones in their religion books.  I hope you don't mind, but I wanted to share it with you.

Just a summarization....

The soul was born with original sin.  Baptism washed away that sin away but left our souls weak.  Because our souls are weak, we tend to sin again. 

God knew that this would happen.  So Jesus gave us this special sacrament (an outward sign, started by Christ, to bring us Grace).  Our sins that we commit after baptism are washed away and we receive grace in its place.  Grace is like spiritual food for our soul.  It makes us strong, holy, and pleasing to God once more. 

Would you starve your body?  No.  Of course not!    So we mustn't starve our souls.  This grace, this spiritual food, helps us to stay strong and fight away the devil and the sin he wants us to commit. 

So pure and easy to understand. 

~ Patty ~

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Peace Be With You!




Wishing you and your family a joyous and happy Easter filled with an abundance of God's blessings~ 


~ Patty ~

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Hosanna!


"Hosanna to the Son of David; blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; hosanna in the highest" (Matthew 21:9).

When the people of Jerusalem used the word "hosanna," they were using an ancient Hebrew shout of elation that meant "Pray, save us."

With these words the Church enters the holiest of weeks,  remembering the passion, death, and resurrection of Christ. 


Holy Week is the culmination of the liturgical year. 

It begins with Palm Sunday, as we carry palms in remembrance of Christ's triumphant entry into Jerusalem.  Next, we listen to the Passion according to Matthew and witness how Christ was handed over for crucifixion.

On Holy Thursday we remember the night Jesus was handed over.  It was the night that He established the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist - when He would live among us forever.

With Good Friday, we reflect and touch upon the mystery of Christ's cross.  It was the piece of wood that would become the tree of life. 

Easter Vigil is when we light the paschal candle and rejoice in how light had triumphed over darkness; life triumphs over death.  This is the night that the catechumens for whom the Church has prayed throughout Lent come to share in the glory of His resurrection. 

The holy days are an invitation to participate in Christ's life!


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This Holy Week, my family will be participating, as much as possible, in the reflections, meditations, and liturgies of our parish.

We will be keeping our life very simple and trying to keep our hearts and minds as close to our Savior as possible.

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Before I sign off for the week, I wanted to share these two beautiful Easter books that capture the story of Christ's passion, death, and glorious resurrection.


 
The book on the left, The Easter Story, is another new one for us this year.  Both books came recommend through Catholic Mosaic.


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Looking forward to the joy of Easter and wishing you abundant blessings of that season!

Until then, may your Holy Week be faithfilled and fruitful!

~ Patty ~

Friday, April 15, 2011

Sharing Secrets



Stan (age 5 1/2)  to James (age 6)::  "Don't tell anyone but I still sleep with my night light and  stuffed animal."
  

Too cute not to share!

Have a great Saturday and a blessed Palm Sunday.

~ Patty ~

Wrapping Up Our Week 4/15/11



~ On My Mind ~

This was one tough week!  TGIF - big time!

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Extra Curricular:

Monday -
*Play date for Stan (deligent about setting up boy time for him twice a week.)
*Play date for Ester with new girl that moved to the area.
*Piano Lessons


Tuesday -
 *Moms' Night Out.  (I savor moments like those!)
*Piano Lessons

Wednesday -
*Little Flower and Little Woman's Hospitality Meeting

Thursday -
*Cancelled all other extra curricular activies for the day - there are those moments when you need to just pull the plug.

Friday -
*Playdate for Ester, Mabel, and Stan.  (A new family moved into town and they have children to match some of our kids' ages.  Trying to make them feel welcome and not so home sick!)


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Little Flowers

Our group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday afternoon of each month.  The mothers divide up the teaching and I have April (the Little Flowers group).

We are studying about Saint Lucy and the virtue of Loyalty.  

The flower for loyalty is the Poppy.  Now you know why they hand out Poppy flowers on Memorial Day Weekend - to honor the loyalty of our military men and women!

I taught them their lesson and then we made a poppy craft.

We thumb- painted poppies and framed them.  After that, we attached the memory verse on the frame.

This is Mabel's finished craft~




When our group meets, the moms all are assigned to bring a dessert/snack to share.  It all works out quite lovely. 

The Little Woman's Hospitality group (older girls) meets at the same time with another mother.

Blue Knights

I would love for our little boys to start a Blue Knights group.  The fathers are suppose to teach.  If your beloved has been involved with a Blue Knights group, I'd love to hear suggestions!


School in general:

We are in the final review of subjects.  Wrapping up what they've studied all year long.  In some cases, you can see the light at the end of the tunnel.  Amen!

Science:

*Mabel finished studying Microscopic Animals and has just started Insects.  Using a microscope is just so. much. fun.

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For more educational ideas, please check out Jen's link up at For Ever, For Always, No Matter What.

~ Patty ~

This Moment



This moment...One photo...No words.

For more beautiful moments, visit soulmama.


~ Patty ~

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Celebrating Baptism and New Life


Our little flower celebrated her baptismal birthday yesterday, April 13. 

We try to carve out a special moment on those days to remember and reflect the beauty of new life that we each received with our baptism. 

It has been ten years for Ester and I can clearly remember the details of her special day.  It was a very intimate celebration since Ester was very, very sick and we had to keep her out of the public as we waited for surgery. 

Our closest "family" in the vicinity were our dear neighbors Charles and Eleanor.  We asked them to proxy in for Ester's Godparents...and we were blessed that they agreed to.  So it was our priest, Fr. Pat Cahill (who died within a couple of months from lung cancer...and never told anyone how ill he was till the end...never complaining while watching over his flock), David, Sally, Ester, Charles, Eleanor and myself.

Going through her sacrament box, looking over baptismal cards from family and friends, we also found this special candle...





Isn't it beautiful?  My mother brought this bees wax candle with her when she came to help celebrate Ester's First Holy Communion two years ago.  We wrapped it up and saved it, only to look at it on each baptismal birthday. 

Two very special candles for two very special moments.

Ester's love for the rosary, her desire for the Holy Eucharist, and her childhood innocence has always drawn me to the image of Our Lady of Innocence.



Isn't she beautiful?

As a First Communion gift, a dear friend of mine had given Ester a rosary holder with this image of Our Lady on the top.  It is treasured dearly by Ester.

For her special day yesterday, we gave Ester an (8x10 $10)  inexpensive, framed copy. And she loved it.  How can one not?

We started the tradition of celebrating baptismal birthdays some years back after reading about the suggestion in a Catholic magazine.  And I'm so glad that we did.  You know, one of the great things about traditions is that it is never too late to start a new one.

~ Patty ~

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Gotcha Day



Stan has been home for five years now. 

And we find that hard to believe...especially when it seemed to take forever going through the adoption process.

We had about 5 days in Seoul and only two of those days were set aside for visiting Stan with his foster mother.  A total of about three hours.  (We had to follow our agency's rules.)  The rest of the time was spent site seeing and absorbing as much of his culture as possible.

We took oodles of photos and shot hours of video all of which we have shared with our little man.

One day, on a street corner, an artist was hand-painting beautiful images.  With an obvious language barrier amongst us, we were still able to communicate that we wanted him to paint Stan's name.  We wrote down his name on a slip of paper and were delighted with the finished product.  It only took about 7 minutes to complete but looked like a masterpiece!

I knew that some day we would give it to Stan as a gift. 



He really was  thrilled to receive it.  Excited because it came from South Korea.

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For dinner, I prepared a delicious Korean Chicken dish which I got from Jen (Forever, For Always, No Matter What.)  I need to post it soon.

The very "special" moment of the day was when David suggested a toast to our little man.  It was so sweet seeing wine goblets, plastic kid cups, and lemonade glasses clinking together in the middle of the table.

Dessert was a turtle cake.  It turned out yummy, but was hard to work with... so, I'm not passing along the recipe. 


But I did get a picture of Stan with it.



He gave his seal of approval :)


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Since he missed out on his cinnamon rolls for breakfast, I went and picked up his favorite donut the next morning.   Coconut topped donuts are his fave.  The donut store is just a couple of miles down the road and is lovingly owned and operated by a beautiful Korean woman named JJ.

JJ loves Stan. 

Stan loves J.J (We all love JJ.)

JJ just got back from Korea herself (a six week vacay!)  She brought Stan these little characters dressed in traditional, Korean, wedding hanboks.



They can be used as ornaments or cell phone trinkets.  We hung them up on Stan's bedroom shelf...along with his other Korean mementos. 




Thankfully, we were able to salvage some of his special day and just celebrate him.  

At this time of the year, I try to gather a bunch of snapshots from the year and send them over to the agency in Seoul.  I know his foster mother and father would love to see how he has grown over the year.    

And now we begin another year with our son, praising God for picking us as Stan's forever family.

Cheers to you, Little Man!

~ Patty ~

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Smorgasbord Saturday

I saw this book on Shower of Roses.  I ordered it and absolutely loved it.  So did the Littles, especially Mabel and Stan.



A beautiful Easter story that ties nature and our Creator with Easter and Jesus' Resurrection.  When I read it to Stan and Mabel...they were wonderfully quiet and completely absorbed in the story.  I find this as a perfect compliment to our Easter book collection.


Speaking of reading...


I just love these moments!

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I'm just loving these as well...



My rose bush is ginormous this year!!!  It has to be 4.5' x 4.5' easily.  I just planted two more.  Double-knock outs...they are the best I tell ya'!  Low maintenance.

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And I love it when low maintenance meshes into another area of my life.  Clothes.

Sweet Maggie inspired me to go shopping at Goodwill for skirts.  I love! love! love! skirts (and sundresses) in the summertime. 

Hey, Maggie!  Look what I found -




3 knee-length skirts for $3.50 each.  Major Cha-ching moment for the week!  (P.S.  David thanks you, too! ;)

Summertime lasts a long time down here in Texas.  One cannot have enough of skirts or sundresses.

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And speaking of weather...
Warning to northerners:  We've been taking our  summer nightly walks again.  I grew up in the Midwest and LOVE so many things about it...but...I love the warmth so much more.  (The Midwest is receiving some of that warmth this weekend according to the weatherman.)

Came home the other night to these bombing the front door and lights.




There is just something so creepy about June bugs that totally freaks me out.  And why are they called June bugs?! 


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And do you have your copy?



Yesterday, after school and chores, the Littles begged me to go purchase the DVD.  (It was released yesterday.)   We did and enjoyed a nice movie night.

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Last but not least...Stan.  Today is his Gotcha Day...a very special day in the adoption world.  It is the day that children are placed into the arms of their waiting parents ...forever

With the Korean program, we had to wait six months to legally adopt Stan in the United States.  We call that his Adoption Day.  (Last fall, I shared our Adoption Day story here.)  

The wait time for legally adopting varies from country to country with some countries finalizing adoption in the child's birth country.

At any rate...

We usually celebrate Stan's by doing some cultural trip.  Last year, we took him to visit a Korean Catholic church in the Dallas diocese. 



(Stan in vestibule of St. Andrew Kim Parish, Dallas Diocese.  The statue is of St. Andrew Kim Taegon.)


We have also taken him to various Korean shopping centers, Korea Town,  and Korean grocery stores, always allowing him to pick out some souvenir from South Korea.

This year...I found him on the couch like so...


 Poor baby!  Yes, he is in a pirate costume.  After watching Narnia, he asked Daddy if he could sleep in it.  Of course, Little Man!

Stan has always had a sensitive tummy.  He will wake up feeling sick to his stomach, only to sleep until noon, and then he wakes up feeling totally fine. 

So our plans for today are on hold... 

~ Patty ~

Friday, April 8, 2011

Wrapping Up Our Week 4/8/11


~ On My Mind ~

The weeks seems to be picking up speed!  Hard to believe it is yet another Friday.



Religion:

I saw a great Stations of the Cross activity for pre-school - primary grade level over at Catholic Icing.  You can see her activity here.

I had to improvise a little bit...but came out with the same objective.

Stations File Folder Activity

Supplies: 
1. Stations stickers
2. file folder
3. index cards
4. glue
5. scissors
6. glue
*I had my final project laminated.

Directions:

I started with these Stations stickers that I purchased at Autom.  (You have to buy in bulk quantity.)




I made a set of Stations cards and glued them onto the file folder. 





I made a second set to be used as the playing deck.  The child can match up the Stations by picture or by number.



I had a ton of stickers left over so I made another set and connected them to a key ring.  A very appropriate "toy" to bring to church for little ones.




I had them all laminated afterward and they curled.  Yikes!  I've since put them in between the mattress and hopefully, they'll flatten out a little more.

*Note: The stickers came in bulk - 12 packages - each package held 4 sheets.  48 sticker sheets - that's a lot of Stations!

Extra Curricular:

Sunday - Laetare Sunday Re-dedication ceremony of church organ - organ concert (with harp, violins, clarinet).
Monday - Piano lessons
Tuesday - Piano lessons
Wednesday - Stations of the Cross/ Choir Practice

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As always, you are welcome to join in this link at Jen's Forever, For Always, No Matter What.


Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Patty ~

This Moment



This moment...One photo...No words.

For more beautiful moments, please visit soulemama.

~ Patty ~


Sunday, April 3, 2011

In An Adoption World

Little Stan needed some bigger responsibilities.   So we ratcheted up the chores. One of his new responsibilities is to empty the clean, silverware basket from the dishwasher.




He loves it!!!

I noticed a nice improvement in the behavior department.  New added responsibilities have made him feel more needed and important.  Not that he wasn't already.

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Even though I had five brothers growing up, I cannot recall all of their male quirkiness.  Then again, one doesn't need brothers to recognize male quirkiness when married to a man. 

And I'm sure David can tell you that he's scratched his head a few times wondering about  me :)

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We can not imagine our lives without Stan.  He is above all things, a true gift from God.  We are so blessed that God has lent him to us in this world!

At the same time, there are those moments when Stan pulls a stunt that makes David claim  "he never" did that...which I know isn't true, (and he knows it isn't true)...and one call to his mother will prove it.

I also know that Stan is all boy...and boys are different from girls.  I got that. 

But there are those moments when we ask ourselves as parents to this adopted child, is this a nature or nurture thing?

I think the nature vs. nurture question comes up a lot in the adoption world.  And you know what?  I firmly believe you are a good parent when you scratch your head over it and bring it up, trying to make  sense out of things, while continuing to nurture the bond with your adopted child.

I do not want Stan to use his adoption as a crutch.  I do not want anyone to hesitate in correcting his behavior because they feel bad for him.  He is part of a family.  He is loved.  No excuses. 

While trying to work through nature vs. nurture, I remember that boredom brings trouble - big time!  I've been changing the routine so that boredom is kept as far away as possible from that child. 

Each sister now has to spend X amount of playtime every day with their brother.  Even if it means accepting how baby brother plays.  They haven't complained.

David and I have worked on our patience with him,  (with all the kids!)  trying to carry on more meaningful conversations...(that includes talking about Darth Vader, Anakin, and Luke Skywalker nonstop!)...squatting down to his eye level, hanging out more...it takes effort, but is a good habit to form.

Then there is the increase in chores for him.  Not only is he expected to make his bed and get dressed...he needs to help Mabel empty all the trash cans on Tuesday and tidy up the backyard toys each evening before coming in for a bath.

Other children his age may be doing more chores, but for his maturity, we are at a good place right now.  Most importantly, the chores aid in his feelings of importance and need. 

As parents of an adopted child, we continue sifting through each day's events...making sure to ignore the little stuff and improving on the bigger stuff.  

And if we scratch our heads  a little too much in the eyes of other people....well...I guess that is because we love that boy so much and only want the best for him...and that would be for him to know he is loved.

We do not approach the love for any adopted child in a nonchalant manner.  When someone innocently asks, "How can he not know he is loved,"  or "He is so lucky,"  I gently reply that Stan will grow up knowing that he was given up for adoption...for whatever reason...his tummy mommy had to give him up.

How would that affect you...

So we love him, make him feel important and needed.  BTW, we are the lucky ones!

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Feeling needed or important helps us all improve our behavior, doesn't it?  I'm glad God gave me my responsibilities...even though I still need an attitude adjustment every now and then myself!

~ Patty ~

Friday, April 1, 2011

Wrapping Up Our Week 4/1/11




*Note:  Our gracious host of this homeschool link is spending the days nursing a little sweetie of hers back to health after a successful surgery (praise God!)  I'm going to wrap up anyway...
~ On My Mind ~

Our life experience this past winter has allowed me to evaluate my outlook on life, (again).  I've grown acutely aware of how I need to stop forfeiting Stan and Mabel's childhood in order to keep up with Sally and Ester's ever-expanding ages and activities.  I need to allow the younger two to be just that...the younger two.

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Art
In February, all three girls took an oil painting class.  The subject was the Rocky Mountains.


This week,  Sally and Ester signed up for the class.  The subject was Texas Bluebonnets.  (Our state flower.)  There are some Indian Paintbrushes mixed in with those Bluebonnets as well.


Bluebonnets make their debut starting in late March and go full force through April.  If you have never witnessed them in all their glory, I've linked a post from last April here.  You can also view the beautiful Indian Paintbrushes.  The pictures are toward the bottom of that post.

Two year's ago, I took Ester into the Bluebonnet fields and shot her First Holy Communion pictures.  If you like, you can view them here.   I thought they had turned amazingly gorgeous!!!

You have to admit, there is something just breath taking about the Bluebonnets and Indian Paintbrushes.  We are looking forward to hitting the fields again soon! 

Reading:
*Sally is working on her last quarterly book report.  She just finished reading this requirement:


*Ester has begun her last book as well:




*Mabel will start her book in another week or so.

History:
Ester is doing fabulous on her state study.  Someone suggested the site, Hands of A Child, for a resource on lapbooks.  I have only downloaded the one so far, and I really like it. 

I found this cute cookie cut out at Hobby Lobby.  Check it out!


I thought it would be fun to make some cut out cookies or cut out brownies.  It is too small to cut out a sandwich with.

Math:
*Mabel was introduced to division.  I really like how the Seton Math  (grade 2) explains it. 

*Stan is greatly improving with his numbers.   He can count up to 13 without mistakes.  He can recognize up to 10....with a few stumbles on 8, 9, and 10.

He seems to finally enjoy school.  (Hope that keeps up!)

Religion:

What are the Stations of the Cross and where did they come from?

...my children asked me.  Here's a very brief explanation:

There has always been a desire (and practice) by Christians to pray and meditate the steps that Our Lord took while carrying his cross. 

The exact street that Jesus walked in Jerusalem as he carried his cross is named Via Dolorosa (Sorrowful Way).  It is very ancient and narrow, paved with large stones.  The Via Dolorosa extends from the Praetorium (the judgement seat of Pontius Pilate) all the way to the hill of Calvary (Golgotha), where Jesus was crucified.

The earliest Stations of the Cross were markers and symbols etched in secrecy along the Via Dolorsa.  They were etched in secrecy because of the persecution of Christians. 

After Constantine's miraculous conversion to Catholicism, he ended the persecution of Christians.  Eventually, the fourteen Stations of the Cross were chiseled in the walls of the Via Dolorosa, and the ancient chiselings were guarded and protected during the Crusades.

Most people are not able to make it to Jerusalem and pray the Stations.  So, the Pope granted permission for the fourteen Stations of the Cross to be set up in the churches throughout the world.   

Great graces and indulgences are granted to those praying the Stations of the Cross. (Catholic Education Resource Online)

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*Our priest was open to the idea of allowing the homeschool families into the chapel to say the Stations of the Cross during the week.  (Days and Time will change each week because of schedules.) 

He has Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings, but the time does not always work well with the schedules of homeschool families.

***Sadly, the doors of our church must remain locked during the day except for one side chapel door.  There had been a problem with drifters.***


Extra Curricular:

Monday - Dr. appt. - Oil painting class

Tuesday - Piano lessons

Wednesday - Stations of the Cross - Choir practice

Friday - First Friday Mass - donut breakfast.  Yum! Yum! - playdate for Stan and Mabel

We LOVE donuts but try to limit ourselves and make it special.  We go for donuts after First Friday Mass each month.  It has been a lovely tradition.


Have a blessed weekend!

~ Patty ~


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