Wednesday, April 18, 2012

One of The Best Things....

...about Homeschooling is spending so much time with so many truly unsung heroes.
Today I was at our co-op while the boys were rehearsing their plays. We had registration for classes for next Fall.
I was thinking about what a person would see from the outside, not knowing any of these Moms, Dads, and kids. It might just look like a bunch of families, but once you get to know them, you realize what an honor it is to be around them.

There is the family of 13, with six adopted kids, and a host of differing abilities. I enjoyed a lovely hour visiting with two of their young ladies this afternoon. What a treat!
There is the mom whose son is dealing with some very serious and scary neurological issues. Her devotion and wisdom gives me courage. He is such a brave young man and he is one of those heros.

There is the mom that has a houseful of young people of her own, of various ages, with her own health issues, that sometimes must seem very heavy, who has taken on the production of a play, and all that that entails, with a very large number of elementary school children. Her attitude, smile, and sense of humor is nothing short of miraculous some days.

There is the mom-to-all, who is directing our youth in a Shakespearean  production, fundraising for the Parish Youth Group, running said Youth Group, teaching the First Communion Class, and educating her own six kids. I am out of breath just thinking about all she accomplishes.

There are many, many more people and families that are raising up their children in the way that they believe God wants them to.
My kids are blessed with a peer group that supports their Faith, is respectful of other parents, and is full of kids that are really a lot of fun to be around. They are able to grow up in a safe and supportive environment, where families work together to make life educational, enriching, and fun.

This amazing array of talent, commitment, love, generosity, and Faith isn't a happy accident or a coincidence. I firmly believe that God has willed the homeschooling movement into existence and that He guides and guards us on our journey every day. We are blessed with the assurance that we are doing what He has called us to do, and that is a very good place to be.
If I weren't homeschooling, I would be missing out on time with my boys, time spent learning together, not just academics, but life lessons, and I would have missed out on the beautiful extended family that God has provided.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Taking Time...

Here are a couple of sweet pics of Lilly. We went out in the back yard so that she could "play soccer".

She kicked that ball all around the yard, and had Maggie trying to figure out the whole deal.

But, it got tiresome, just kicking the ball around, so she started enjoying the flowers instead.



Saturday, April 14, 2012

That Baseball Thing!

Today was opening day for Havre de Grace Little League.
Paul is now on the Cubs, and his skills are improving!
They were down at the ballpark this morning at 8:15 to get the season off the ground.
There are four teams in Paul's age bracket, and Paul's team put in a great showing during their first game.
They won 8-3!
Paul has been practicing and apparently his coaches really have a lot of experience between them.
The best thing about Baseball season, is that the weather is warming up, and I actually enjoy being outside and taking pictures!

Coming in from outfield

First time up at bat this season!

Big swing!
10 years old...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

National Catholic Bible Conference

I am so Blest to be able to attend this conference this year!

What a Grace-filled weekend it is going to be!


Good Things...

  • Brendan is 12 tomorrow!!
  • I am cautiously hopeful that we will be done with school entirely by the end of May.
  • We got some encouraging news.
  • Divine Mercy Sunday is this Sunday!
  • Tommy Hoppel is receiving his first Communion.
  • My laundry hamper is almost empty. 

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Holy Week 2012

We are now into the Triduum of this season of Lent and Easter.
So far it has been a week of great blessings.

On Monday we decided to make the trip up to Dover, DE to attend the Chrism mass for our Diocese.
It was so worth the trip!
We left at around 3:00 and stopped for dinner in Dover. Then we headed over to Holy Cross Parish where the mass is held.

The Chrism mass is held once a year and the bishop of the diocese presides.

It is a very special Mass.
The holy oils are blest by the bishop for use within the parishes at Baptisms, Anointing, and during Confirmation....


The Priests come from all over the diocese, and they renew their vows at this mass as well.


~Tonight begins the three days of the Triduum.~


Tonight at Good Shepherd we attended the Mass of the Lord's Supper.
The oils that were blest at the Chrism mass were presented to the parish.


This is also the mass at which we remember Christ washing the feet of the disciples.

Brendan and Paul were servers, and John was one of the people that had his foot washed.

The Blessed Sacrament was taken from the Church and reposed in a small chapel for the night, and the altar and sanctuary have been stripped.
The Mass ended in silence, and we now wait for tomorrow.

Good Friday.