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Interests: Family, whole and organic foods, reading, scrapbooking, cooking, decorating, candles, study of the scripture, history (right now, the Victorian era) and homekeeping.
Expertise: Teaching young children (at one time in public schools, but now at home).
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|It's been just days over two years since I last blogged! Why? Twitter is so much faster for me--I can post my random thoughts throughout the day, popping on and off at my convenience. But, there is something to be said for writing more than a sentence about my thoughts...I really enjoyed that about blogging. A short "catch-up" with my life: * Our boys are now 18, 9, 7, 5, and 21 months * We continue to homeschool, and will graduate our oldest in December * We have not joined a homeschool support group since we moved. We are at a point where I might join one for park days for my little boys, but I prefer on-line support for anything else * We love the area we are living in (Houston area)~there is so much to do around here, and we are a relatively short drive from both sets of grandparents * This summer has been a lot of swimming for the boys, and organizing the house for me (the baby is finally getting to that age where I can accomplish things!) I would post a pic if every digital camera in the house weren't broken, lol. Oh, there might be one camera that's just "lost"! I do hope to get into the blogging habit again...hate to waste that lifetime membership! ;) I definitely have some interesting blog material in the works...|
|We are loving this rain! (Even though it has cancelled swimming lessons--we'll make up next week). I've had candles lit all over the house the past two days...usually in the summertime, I only keep a couple of candles lit during the day, since it's so *hot*!|
My oldest made lunch/brunch today, and it smells really good. He learned how to make eggs and potatoes from dad, who adds a little bit of cumin and garlic to them. Yum.
I don't feel like leaving my house at all, but the toy box I ordered from Walmart is in, and today's cooler weather puts me in the mood to organize...
|I think we've found a church! Because we are in a central location, there are many Catholic churches to choose from, depending on how far one wants to drive. The first church we visited was about twenty minutes away from our house. I was sad to see that the congregation practiced one of my biggest pet peeves--every car was parked backwards in the parking lot. Why do people do this?! *purely rhetorical question* In what other parking lots do we ever see either all, or the majority, of cars parked backwards? We don't even see that happening at movie theaters. It's just a sad sight, to me, because it looks as if people cannot WAIT to leave church. When I mentioned this in a church playgroup I was a part of at our old church, moms were defensive. Their justification was that "nobody will let you out if you park normally". Well, IMO, there's a serious problem with the people of the congregation if they are not kind enough to show courtesy to each other in the parking lot. They're shaking your hand inside the church, but mowing you over in the parking lot?! (okay, that's my vent!)|
We went to another church for a Sunday evening Mass (my personal favorite time to go to Mass)~about a fifteen minute drive from our home. I was amazed at the crowd at this church--I had never seen a congregation this large. This was in March--I was pregnant at the time, but didn't know it--but I had an irrational reaction to the size of the church. I didn't want to go inside. I can't explain it, lol, but I get this same claustrophobic reaction sometimes at Walmart if it's too crowded (if the parking lot is too full, I won't even go inside!). All I knew was that I felt nauseated and didn't want to be surrounded by that many people. My husband was a little frustrated with me, *bless his heart*! ;)
I had heard that there was a "country" church nearby, so I googled it last night and found it--less than five minutes from our house. I took the boys to the 10:30 Mass this morning, and it was so very nice. The Mass was full (we might try the 8:00 Mass next week), but the usher led us to seats--on the front pew! We never sit in the front pew (in fact, when we go to Mass without my husband, I usually have my two little ones in their double stroller in the cry room--I've been training them for months--and my two older sons sit together with the congregation). I was worried that my two youngest might not behave, but they truly surprised and pleased me. They sat still for most of the service (there was a bit of musical chairs towards the end) and were very quiet and reserved. I think the length of the Mass helped, too--less than an hour--we are accustomed to a longer Mass (almost an hour and a half).
AND--when I read the bulletin...they have a homeschool support group! B-I-N-G-O! ♥
|I woke up very early today...tried to go back to sleep, but just couldn't. I'm sure it will hit me right in the middle of church this morning!|
We have low-key plans for today~church, lunch at home, then probably a couple of hours at the pool. I am the worst about not traditionally observing the Sabbath, and now that my oldest son has been reminding me, I am trying to really take Sundays as a day of rest. ♥