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40 subjects

     I spent the day organizing homeschool curricula and this next semester, and I realized that on any given school day, I oversee 40 subjects!  Jake and Mary, 14 each, and Clare and Leigh, 6 each.  It made me feel so much better, since I had been down in the dumps about not getting…

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well, it happened. . .

     . . . I cannot believe my year’s goal was tested so soon, and the need for it exposed so clearly!  Here we are, Jan. 2.!  I was in Mass, and I had to walk right by the person who is most difficult for me in Irving.  We were situated such that I…

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happy new year!

       Happy Birthday, Annie!  Annie is 8 months old today.  She got her first tooth for Christmas.      New Year’s Spiritual Goal: respect for others, even when it is not convenient.  I have got a LONG, LONG way to go on this one!

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you owe me a dollar!

     Each new year, I choose a spiritual goal.  Anne Simpson told me that her church’s staff would choose and share their spiritual goals with each other, and I thought that was a fantastic idea.  Ever since, I have done the same.  The first year, I worked on humility; the next year, (since I…

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Mountain Climbing

The Ascent to Mount Carmel (for those of you who do not know, the ascent to Mt. Carmel is a description of the spiritual journey of the mystics from the discalced Carmelite tradition of the 17th century) 

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it’s baking day!

     One of the things that keeps me riveted is how a little flour and a rolling pin makes little people’s spirits open up like no other time.  It is “peace on earth” and good will to EVERYONE when a tiny tike is playing with dough.      We have the Hayeses here for…

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worst moment in recent memory

Mary, Clare, Leigh and I were walking into the facility where they were about to do a ballet performance.  The woman directing us to the dressing room was a midget.  My girls responded to her direction saying sweetly, “Merry Christmas!” and I was so proud that they did not embarrass the lady.  But just as…

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riveting? really?!

        Ten years ago, I taught myself to cook from scratch, and now I am learning all over again how to cook without wheat, chicken, milk, or refined sugar.  (Yikes!) This “from scratch” thing seems to be theme with me. Somehow, my parenting, my being a wife, my having a home, and what I…

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favorite moments this Christmas

1. Clare baking Leigh birthday cupcakes in Clare’s new cooking set. 2. “Silent Night” at Midnight Mass.  Cried.  So beautiful. 3. Old Maw Maw telling me that I had baked the turkey “to perfection.”  She was only being nice.  The turkey was actually a disaster–I had taken it out of the oven when the thermometer…

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up-side down thinking

     One main goal of my life is to have a peaceful, joyful home in which all the people belonging to it become their best selves (including me).  That means, in part, constantly turning conflict into something else with creative, up-side-down thinking.  Of course, that usually is applied to two little girls who want…

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