Enjoy a Spend Free Weekend

In an effort to stay on top of trends, I’m writing my version of a post I’ve seen all over Pinterest. The ‘Spend-Free’ weekend (or week, or month, or sometimes longer if you have a fully stocked pantry of beans). I’m not really to sure why someone would want to voluntarily undertake a spend-free amount Read More

{SQT} Deschooling, Girls’ Weekend, And Seriousness

Well, another week has gone by so I think it’s safe to say I will NOT be updating last Friday’s post. 1. Summer is kicking my butt. It’s all very lovely butt kicking mind you; filled with sun, surf, and tons of memories I hope no one will hold against me. But I’m exhausted. Even Read More

{SQT} Episode LATER

Hoping to get my post up before I head out of town for a GIRLS WEEKEND. Yes, I’ve discovered these mythical things really do exist and I’ll get to experience one first hand! Details later. But feel free to link up your post NOW and check back in a bit. An InLinkz Link-up SaveSave Read More

{SQT} The NyQuil Edition

Since last Friday I have: 1. Saturday: Hosted our annual Nativity of St. John the Baptist party. It was a record turnout with 129 people, mostly children, and I think the warmest temperatures yet. 2. Sunday: Hosted a tenth birthday party for Fulton and some of his friends complete with a scavenger hunt, water gun Read More

What Has Helped Me On My Journey As a Special Needs Mom

Yesterday Fulton turned 10. T! E! N! Or as he put it, “I’m all ten fingers now!” Every year in June, I can’t help but reflect on Fulton’s diagnosis and his first birthday (which fell a little over a week after we got the news). Addie was six when Fulton turned one. Having a ten-year Read More

{SQT} Atlantic City, Camp, And My Favorite People

What does a couple with five children do when all the kids are out-of-town? via GIPHY Okay, maybe just me literally, but inside Tony is also doing the mashed potato and rocking a sweet beehive. 1. The big kids went to my parents on Saturday after we all attended the vigil Mass. Sunday, Tony and Read More

{SQT} Midday Edition

1. Tuesday night I went to the last homeschool mom’s social of the year. Despite trying to leave several times, I arrived home way too late for my usual 5:30 a.m. alarm. It’s another sign of my approaching 40th birthday that it’s taking me all week to catch up from that one crazy evening out. Read More

Summer Plans For The Ambitiously Lazy

Most of civilized society is enjoying summer break. For homeschoolers, summer is indistinguishable from the rest of the year because you’re still yelling at your kids all the time, the only difference is now everyone is hot and sweaty. For families with children home from a brick and mortar school, it can be an adjustment Read More

{SQT} Life Changing Reads And Counting Down the Days to Camp

Welcome to June! Let’s belly flop into the deep end of the pool with some Quick Takes! 1. My #31DaysofMary series will start back up in October, the month of the Holy Rosary. I really enjoyed learning about all the international titles of Mary, but with all the other obligations this month, I quickly got Read More

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

No Quick Takes this week. Check back soon for more #31DaysofMary and another great book giveaway! Don’t forget what we’re commemorating this weekend! Seven Ways to Observe Memorial Day As A Catholic Read More

#31DaysofMary Stops in China, Plus Updates On The Boys

May is always a crazy month. October is also a crazy month, but I seem to always remember that. The constant running around that is May, always sneaks up on me. I’ll document a bit of the madness for posterity and be sure to share a new Marian title in the process. I am a Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of Africa

Our Lady of Africa Title given to a miraculous bronze statue of Our Lady, housed in the Basilique Notre Dame d’Afrique in Algiers, Algeria In the time of Constantine, northern Africa was Christianized along with the rest of the Roman Empire. St. Augustine was from this area. In time, this land fell under Muslim control and it Read More

#31DaysofMary: Our Lady of Altotting

Our Lady of Altotting (sometimes spelled Altoetting) Miraculous Black Madonna statue placed in the Chapel of Grace, Altotting, Germany in 1330 The Chapel of Grace in Altotting, marks the spot where St. Rupert baptized the first Christian Duke of Bavaria. An octogonal baptismal chapel was built to commemorate the event. Although the original chapel was destroyed, the Read More

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