Angel of God My Guardian Dear

By |September 14th, 2011|

Does anyone, anywhere still have angel pictures prevalent in their home these days? Close by the baby’s crib? In the children’s playroom? Are angels even meaningful to us ‘moderns?’

I used to go to a hair stylist when we lived in San Francisco. (NB: When you live in San Francisco – they are stylists – never […]

Scrabble Scramble

By |August 4th, 2011|

While I’m trying to instil some virtues in my crew, they are working on their sense of humor. I’ve been cleaning out cabinets the last couple of weeks in hopes of getting rid of stuff.  We have too much stuff, but doesn’t everyone?  Well, we’re getting rid of some of ours.  While digging through some […]

CF148: Cry Baby

By |July 12th, 2011|

In this episode:  scout camp, praying the Angelus, Catholic Lifetime Reading Plan, benediction, lots of mail: Patrick, Chris, Mac and Katherine, A Little Way of Homeschooling, Melissa Wiley and Tidal Schooling

Fred McDowell
“Woke Up This Morning” (mp3)
from “I’ll Be So Glad When the Sun Goes Down: Alan Lomaxâ??s “Southern Journey,” 1959â??1960″
(Global Jukebox)
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No Gifts Please

By |July 12th, 2011|

July 2 was Mattie Claire’s second birthday.  We celebrated her big day with a few friends and a birthday lunch.  Because Mattie Claire is the youngest of five children, she has lots of toys to choose from.  We have baby dolls, doll houses, Barbies, blocks, puzzles, plastic animals, Legos, gears to build with, trucks and cars, horses – the list could go on and on.  Because we have all of these toys, I asked my friends to not buy her a gift.  Instead I wanted to do a book exchange.   Mattie Claire would end up with a new book as well as her little guests.  For the friends who were a little older (other adults or our college grad friend) I asked that they purchase a book and donate it to our local library in honor of Mattie Claire’s second birthday.  When she gets older I’ll take her to the library and we will find the books donated in her honor.  I thought it was a great idea. […]

Grocery Shopping with Kids

By |June 2nd, 2011|

Grocery shopping with five kids is, well, not fun.  Until now!  I’ve discovered how to do it.   Just follow these 5  simple steps and grocery shopping with five children won’t be a chore anymore.  In fact, it can be quite pleasant.

Step One-each child plans meals for one day; breakfast, snack, lunch, snack, dinner, and dessert.  You’ve got to let them plan for all of those so that they feel like there is food in the house.  It might seem like we eat a lot, but we’re not over weight.  Well, most of us are not.

Step Two-Mom puts all of the children’s menus together and adds a few days as well as a few green things.  I don’t think cereal, granola bars, cheese tortellini, and sloppy joes constitute a well-balanced diet for the day.

Step Three-make a shopping list and gather coupons.

Step Four-split the list.  I try to put things on one list that are all in one area of the store.  For example, Hannah and Luke today had dairy products.  I usually do produce and meat.  If I let Austin pick the meat, we would be eating salmon steaks, filet mignon, and pork loin every night and we would go broke.  Since I have 5 children, I split the list into three parts.  Sometimes they pair up boys together and girls together and other times it’s the two bigger kids and then the two younger ones.  I let them decide.  I usually take the baby, but sometimes they ask if Mattie Claire can go with them. […]