The Right Attitude

    Jake is applying to a private school.  While it is best for him because it is run by wonderful Catholic monks, it is a highly competitive private school that has earned high ranking in the DFW area.  While we are interested in it for the religious environment, it happens to be incredibly hard…

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What It Means to Be “Called”

     “Come, follow me,” Andrew is told.  We often heard it said in the pulpit, “God is calling you, too.  So respond to His call.  Follow Him.”      But what does it mean to follow Christ?  What do we do differently?  Are we already following, or should be make some sort of change?   …

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Girl or Boy?

The common opinion around this house is that everyone wants a boy. But last night, just before her bedtime, Annie crawled into bed with me–I am going to sleep before everyone else these days!  She found me there, and joined me.  She kissed me on the forehead, hugged me, and told me she loved me…

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Middle East–Homeschool Study

   This month we are doing a one month intensive study on the Middle East.  I had never really learned about that region, and I was NOT going to let that go under the radar in my homeschool.  Since we are now in the Middle Ages, having done the ancient world rather in depth, I…

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Nausea!

   Oh, I have been so nauseous!   But my friend Julie told me last week that her doctor told her to be eating 125 g. of protein a day.  125 g!  That is A LOT of protein!  It takes some real planning and machinating to get that much protein down the hatch, esp. while trying…

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Braising Meats

    One little improvement in our home recently has been that I have been cooking more, with less stress.  I came up with seven dinners, and wrote out the list of all required ingredients.  Many of them require slow cooking, and I begin early in the day.  By dinner time, a wonderful meal is…

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The Lost Tooth

     Nothing is quite so precious to the parent’s soul as seeing a tiny, white tooth in a tiny porcelain heart-shaped box under a pillow.  It is just about the most delightful sight in the world.  Of all the important things, all the world-changing things, I cannot think of a sight that is more…

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Back in the Swing of Things

    It is so nice to get back in the swing of things, after a nice, long break!  Making meal plans for the next semester, fixed grocery lists, getting school supplies, a six month supply of ink for the printer so that there are no sudden, time-sensitive crises, getting bills in the mail, library…

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An Extraordinary Anniversary!

   Today is Ron’s and my fifteenth wedding anniversary–we are so blessed!  It has been a very special anniversary.  Mom and Dad kept our kids while Ron and I had a vacation alone together.  A first, and possibly the last in a long, long time!    But the even more unbelievable thing is that today…

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New Favorite Movie

     My new favorite movie is “About Time.”  I cried; Ron cried; we cried.  It was so well done, and really to the point about what matters in life.      Gotta see it.

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