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(1 Jn 4:16)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Busy September Daybook

Outside my window
The sun is setting. Planes are flying overhead and the branches of the trees are swaying with the gentle breeze.

I am wearing
a denim skirt, a brown t-shirt, and a fleur-de-lis flexi clip.

In the kitchen
I am so thankful to a friend and fellow parishioner who has been giving us Italian prunes, heirloom tomatoes, zucchini, and three overflowing boxes of apples.

In addition to eating the apples out of the box, we have also been making dried apples, applesauce, and apple pies.

Between our parish picnic and our State Fair, we have been spending a lot of time outside. Each year, our children look forward to our parish picnic. Our pastor, assistant pastor, the Knights of Columbus, and the young adults all work together to ensure that the children have a great time.

Like all of the other games, Tug of War is enjoyed by both young and old at our parish.

Our youngest daughter participated in her first egg race this year. She didn't quite understand the rules of the race (notice the egg), but she had a great time. She is such a sweet child.

This is the first year that we have all gone to the State Fair with "Daddy".  The younger children enjoyed some of the free activities like:

riding the tractors,

helping the ducks get to the other side

and running through the maze.

The children also had fun going on the rides.

We all had a great time.

I am thankful for
the Catechetical series that my pastor, Fr. S., started this month. I was happy to go to the first class in this series.

I am hearing
my children playing outside.

In our learning home
I am having a tough time so far this year. Please pray for me.

I am reading
Padre Pio: The True Story. Fr. V. recommended this book in one of his sermons and I decided that it was about time that I start to read it. My mom had a devotion to St. Padre Pio (he was Blessed Padre Pio at the time), and I read Stories of Padre Pio by Katarina Tangari, based on her recommendation, shortly after my mom died. It is good to be learning more about this great saint.

I am listening to
Modesty of Dress: You are Your Brother's Keeper

I am pondering
this quote from Bl. Mother Teresa that Cay Gibson shared on A Beehive of Spiritual Activity.

"If you are discouraged, it is a sign of pride because it shows you trust in your own power. Your self-sufficiency, your selfishness and your intellectual pride will inhibit His coming to live in your heart because God cannot fill what is already full. It is as simple as that.”
 ~ Bl. Mother Teresa ~


  1. The state fair looks like fun! I have never been to one. I hope your school year will find its own rhythm. Are you using any particular approach? I have noticed that the older the children get the harder the schooling gets. There is just so much and there are also so many things that I don't really care about, like science. Lifting you up in prayer! Oh, the apples also look really good.

    1. The fair was a lot of fun. I am using Seton with my three high school-aged children. Thank you for the prayers. I really appreciate it. We are so thankful for the apples. May God bless you!

    2. I am also using Seton for Charlotte, but not their math. By the way, do you happen to have tapes for the French for Mastery 2 book (Seton French grade 10)? I am desperately trying to find some tapes that go with the book. Seton does not have any. I am using OLVS for Jonathan, it works well for him. I am not sure what I will do with the other ones when we get to the high school level. I just sent you an e-mail about the give-away. It is raining here and we will have to drive to church soon. Our Mass times are too late these days, at 11:30 a.m. Not good for little children, but that his the only time now.

  2. Anonymous6:48 AM

    Loved the book P. P - the True Story. Thank God for sending us our dear Padre Pio.

  3. That Apple pie is beautiful. I always hope to make all kinds of Apple delights, but our apples always get eaten before I can. I think we need to get two bushels this year.
    I'll pray for your homeschool, even though this has been a very good year for us so far. It is still a struggle and so much work. God bless.


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