Tuesday, August 26, 2008

The Simple Woman's Daybook ~ August 26

I stumbled upon a great blog a few weeks ago called The Simple Woman. She has invited her readers to keep a Simple Woman's Daybook. This will be my first entry, one day late. It is to be published on Monday's. Please take a look at Peggy's blog and join in the fun if you'd like.

Simple Woman's Daybook
FOR TODAY AUGUST 26, 2008...

Outside My Window... the rain has stopped and the sun is starting to come out.

I am thinking... that I should soon get off the computer and finish sewing my daughter's dress.

I am thankful for... my husband, who works so hard and has made my life so special. His decision for us to move to Canada was the best decision he has ever made.

From the kitchen... hopefully peach and blueberry cobbler and yummy steak and potatoes for supper.

I am wearing... a navy blue T-shirt with a jeans wrap skirt, underneath a pair of thin jogging pants and orange socks. It is cold today 8°C.

I am creating... sewing two dresses for my daughter.

I am going... to get the laundry done today.

I am reading... "A Simple Path" by Mother Teresa

I am hoping... that the rest of the school books arrive this week.

I am hearing... "Good Morning Jesus prayers and songs for children of all ages" with my kids.

Around the house... are lots of jobs waiting for my to finish.

One of my favorite things... is the smell of freshly baked yummy things from my oven.

A Few Plans For The Rest Of The Week:
-clean the house
-finish sewing Mia's dresses
-preparing next week's lessons
-to finally make a monthly meal plan
-sort through some clothes for Owen
-to make rosaries for the missions

Here is picture thought I am sharing... my SFG

Mia's Birthday

I can't believe that I haven't posted Mia's birthday photos. Well, I have an excuse... my mom was here for a visit. It was a wonderful visit that the whole family enjoyed. She was here for Mia's birthday. I can't believe my little girl is already six. We started home schooling this week. She is diving into all the new grade 1 curriculum with enthusiasm and fervour. Unbelievable! I feel so blessed to have her as a daughter. God knows that I always wanted a sister and that never happened. I believe he was saving up to give me a wonderful daughter. She is so gentle, kind, giving, caring and loving. She is a great girl with lots of energy. I don't know what I would do without her.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Happy Feast of the Assumption

Happy Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. After Children's Holy Hour and Benediction, we had a beautiful celebration at the grotto beside our church. I was so happy to see so many parishioners there. They have become like a family to us. This is our first year celebrating this and many other feasts. It is such a blessing to have made so many friends within our faith community. God knew what He was doing when he sent us to Calgary. God knows I didn't want to be this far away from family after being so much further away from family the 9 preceeding years. He blessed us with so many friends who have helped us as family members would. Thanks be to God. I am also positive it is through Mary's intercession that so many things have occurred as they have. We are so grateful to have her as our Divine Mother and model. I look to her when I need advice or help, especially when I feel like I am losing it. She always brings me back to her Son and for that I am eternally grateful. Her intercession is necessary in making me a Saint someday.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Interesting Things in Our Garden

It is about time that I do an update on our garden. Pretty much everything survived the 2 hail storms we had last month. The hubbard squash is in blossom. So are the gourds and the sweat peas are starting to flower and we actually have picked a few stawberries and raspberries. Gardening on the praries has it's challenges. Yesterday, we even found a pupa. Here are the fascinating pictures from our humble backyard.


Homeschool Curriculum Choices

Being a homeschool mom, means having to organize and plan your school year, picking out and buying books that you feel would be good to use in teaching your children, making sure you have enough pencil, crayons, markers, scissors and art supplies to keep your children busy for an entire school year. I am somewhere in the midst of all of this. I have planned and re-planned this year. I have ordered some books and plan on buying a few more on Saturday. I know we have enough scissors and pencils, but I can't help but thinking that maybe it won't be enough. I am getting the jitters. It is odd. Last year, I knew exactly what I wanted, but this year I have set myself a goal to do everything better. Preparing for the school year is like making New Year's resolutions. I make resolutions. Now I break a few as we all do, but for the most part we are happy or just plain accept how the year went and plan anew. I have made some curriculum choices and want to share them with you. Keep in mind, that I have a tendency to tweek things and change my mind as I go along.

Our main source happens to be the grade 1 and 2 lesson plans from CHC (Catholic Heritage Curricula).

I think it will be easier if I break things down into grade levels.

Grade 2
Devotional Stories for Little Folks
Devotional Stories for Little Folks, Too
My Catholic Speller, Level A
Language of God, Level A
Religion 2 for Young Catholics
Science 2 for Young Catholics
Our Father's World
Great Saints in World History 2
Reading for Comprehension
Complete Mathsmart 2
Faith and Freedoms Readers

Grade 1
Little Stories for Little Folks (learn to read program)
My Very First Catholic Speller
Religion 1 for Young Catholics
Science 1 for Young Catholics
Faith and Freedom Readers
Complete Mathsmart 1
Reading for Comprehension
Catholic Children's Treasure Box

This is the list of stuff that I have already or have ordered. I am looking at some "how to" sources for writing. I haven't decided on an Art curriculum or music curriculum either. These things will hopefully work themselves out. We will be doing mapping skills, but I will decide on Saturday which curriculum I will chose. I have to see the contents of the books to decide on this.

I stumbled upon a really nice website the other day that gave me some ideas of things to do with the kids with regards to learning grammar, poetry and writing. Take a look at Elizabeth Foss' website and see what you think. I like the "real learning" approach to homeschooling, but am not always sure on how to execute this concept. She does an exceptional job of bringing this concept to life. I have to admit that I am using a few workbooks this year, but this is mainly to satisfy the school board in our blended subjects. Reading about things in much more exciting than trying to remember what the text book brings across in a few boring paragraphs. I don't remember many of the things I learned in history when I was in school. I memorized for the test and forgot everything the day after. Wasn't that a waste? I hope that my children will retain more of what they learn by using historical fiction and interesting stories in subjects like science, math, art and music.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Worldwide Rosary for the Unborn

I was browsing some of my favourite blogs and came across a really important message that I definitely wanted to pass along and share with you.

Saturday Octorber 18th, 2008 at 9:00am

Worldwide Rosary for the Unborn.

Please tell everyone you know to mark their calendars and pray the Rosary on Saturday, October 18th at 9:00am your local time in a quest to end abortion. Here is a link enabling you to find out more information about this event. This link is a pdf file / flyer that you can print out and ask your parish to include in it's bulletin or to attach to an email. Please help in the fight to end abortion. Abortion kills. It is easy to be pro-choice when you are not being the one killed.

There are links on this blog to help you pray the rosary.

Pray the Rosary for Life!!!

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Make a Wonderful Day

I have been singing the tune "Make a Wonderful Day" all week long. For those of you who know me, singing in nothing out of the ordinary. For those who don't know me, I have been singing for as long as I can remember. I love music. I took piano lessons for years as a kid and towards the later years in highschool, I took some singing lessons and even began studying music at university. (I never finished because I took a year off to go to Germany and then met my husband and the rest is history) Nonetheless, I still love to sing and sing in the church choir and in a "just for fun" choir. It is in this "just for fun" choir that I became accquainted with the song "Make a Wonderful Day". It has such a catchy tune, that you can't help but sing it all day long. I love the message and want to share my love of this song with everyone. Actually, this is what the writer of the song, Molly Hamilton hoped for. Below is a link to the free MP3 download. Just enter your name and email and you can listen to this uplifting song. I don't normally bet, but I will make an exception this once. I bet you will love it and will keep humming it all day long. Take a moment to look over the website and let me know what you think.

MP3 Version ~ Make a Wonderful Day

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Novena of the Assumption

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary marks the end of Mary's life on earth and the assumption of her body and soul into the glory of Heaven. The dogma of the Assumption was defined by Pope Pius the XII on November 1, 1950. To read more about this Feast Day and what it means to Catholics please follow this link. In commemmoration of this wonderful event, we begin today a novena of the Assumption.

A novena means nine days of public or private prayer for some special occasion or intention. Its origin goes back to the nine days that the disciples and Mary spent together in prayer between Ascension and Pentecost Sunday.

To make a novena means to persevere in prayer over a period of nine days in succession or nine weeks. Novenas can be made to ask for a certain favor, or simply to enhance a persons prayer life. It means fulfilling our Lord's teaching that we must continue praying and never lose confidence.

A novenas can be made to God, Our Lady, or one of the many the Saints of the Church.
definition source: Holy Family Catholic Church Salt Lake City

I invite everyone to pray this beautiful novena with our family in preparation for the Feast of the Assumption on August 15th. The following prayers are recited everyday from the 6th to the 14th of August. If you right click on the image, you can save the Novena to your hard drive or print it for your convenience.

Novena of the Assumption
(begins August 6-14th)

Feast Day : August 15th

O Immaculate Virgin / Mother of God and Mother of men
we believe with all the fervour of our faith
in your triumphal Assumption/ in soul and in body, into heaven
where you are acclaimed as Queen / by all the choirs of angels / and all the legions of the saints / and unite with them / to praise and bless the Lord / Who has exalted you above all other creatures / and to offer you / the outpouring of our devotion and love.

We are confident / that your eyes of mercy / will look down upon our misery and anguish our struggles and our weakness / that your lips / will smile upon our joys and victories, that you will hear/ Jesus say to you / of each of us / “Behold thy Son”
We, who call upon you as our Mother / take you for our guidance / strength and consolation in our mortal life.

In the glory where you reign / clothed with the sun / and crowned with stars / you are after Jesus/ the joy and gladness of all the angels/ and of all the saints.
From this earth we tread as pilgrims/ strengthened by our faith/ in the resurrection to come/ we look forward to join you/ who are our life/ our sweetness/ and our hope.
Draw us onward/ with your gentle voice/ that one day/ after this our exile/ you may show us Jesus, the blessed fruit of your womb/ O Clement /O loving/O sweet Virgin Mary.
You are blessed/ Virgin Mary/ by the Lord God most high/ above all women upon earth.
Draw us after you, Holy Mother.
Rejoice/ Virgin Mary/ for you alone have destroyed/ all heresies in the whole world.
Holy Mary/Virgin Mother of God/ intercede for me.
HAIL HOLY QUEEN Mother of Mercy
Hail our life our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry / poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs / mourning and weeping /in this vale of tears.
Turn then / O Most Gracious advocate/ thine eyes of mercy towards us.
And after this / our exile, show unto us the Blessed fruit of thy womb / Jesus.
O clement/ O loving /O sweet Virgin Mary.

Pray for us / O holy Mother of God.
That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
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