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How to Find the Best Patron Saint For Your Homeschool

While it’s not a requirement to name your homeschool, many families choose to do so, and oftentimes, many Catholic families will select a saint to be their patron and namesake. That’s what we did many, many years ago. I remember I wanted a saint that was not so obscure information and recognition would be spotty,…

Mantoan Family Traditions – July

Most of our family’s July traditions can be summed up in one word: beach. Though it’s much less a tradition now than it used to be. Since our move to our new house, we’ve created some new traditions, but otherwise, July is quiet; no birthdays, anniversaries, or school events. At the old house, it should’ve…

Celebrations and a Lack of Fish

Welcome to July! I hope everyone is enjoying a few extra days off. We’ve had a good couple of weeks celebrating with family and friends.  Fulton turned 16 on the 28th. Tony’s parents were in town to celebrate. We had ravioli and ice cream cake and he got more Legos, War Hammer kits, and books….

How to Have a Successful Start to Your Homeschool Year

Making lessons plans and buying curriculum, while important are only a couple of the tasks that need to happen to kickstart a new homeschool year. But it’s amazing how often one forgets all the other moving parts that make a homeschool successful until its the end of September and you’re already breathing into a brown…

Mantoan Family Traditions – June

Summer time! It’s unbearably hot and I love it! Give me June heat waves over January snow ANY TIME. This month usually goes by way too fast. Time for a run down of our family’s June traditions. At least one affiliate link below. Month of the Sacred Heart Again, like many feasts/ months I mention,…

End of School Events

St. Bruno the Great Homeschool has another graduate! Edie finished up on the 14th. It was sort of anti-climactic. I believe we’re doing a baccalaureate service honoring graduates at our parish, but not until July. And she didn’t want to walk in a homeschool ceremony where she didn’t know anyone. But I did send out…

Mantoan Family Traditions – May

Time to sneak another family traditions post in under the wire! May is usually a busy month despite our lack of birthdays or anniversaries and “year end” school activities. (School wraps up in June around here; as homeschoolers and public schoolers. For that reason, I will add ‘Graduations’ to next month since that’s when we’ve…

Hospital Stays, Milestones, and Road Trips

I’m finally coming up for air after a hectic few weeks. Some good stuff, some bad stuff, some planned things, some surprise things. Ultimately, I’m reminded how blessed our family is, and I’m coming out of all of this with relief and a lot of good memories. Fulton Was Hospitalized Spring is illness season in…

2024 Goals: 1st Quarter Review

This year, after setting my usual resolutions, I decided I would check in with myself quarterly to see how I was doing, and where I needed to make changes. This way my resolutions would stay in the front of my mind, and I could change things up if needed, rather than abandon a resolution all…

Mantoan Family Traditions – April

Combining a general update with some traditions. Since its within the Octave of Easter, I don’t feel like I’m too far behind in giving an Easter update. An update on everything else…well, I’m definitely behind there. Easter I’d picked Byron up on Holy Saturday around 8:30 a.m. for a 36 hour visit. He had to…

Mantoan Family Traditions – March

Just a reminder to take my reader survey! I promise the link works! It’s time for my third Family Traditions post! I’m really enjoying writing these up as doing so leads me down rabbit holes of old posts and events I’d forgotten about. And in the research, I’ve come across posts to add to previous…

A Look Back at February

How about a general update? Nothing too major happening around here except a MURDER! …mystery dinner party! After our successful 80s party, I was trying to figure out another themed party we could host and settled on a murder mystery theme. My friend found a murder mystery dinner party game on sale and snagged it…

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2023-24 Mid-Year School Review

Even though St. Bruno’s has a small class this year (just Edie). I still wanted to do a quick update on how things were going, and also update everyone on her post high school plans. I’ll also share a bit about how public school is going for Fulton and Teddy. As for Addie and Byron,…