{phfr} intagrams from june


1. homeschooling at its finest.  2. my early reader  3. tummy time.  4. rose’s comp looking pretty in pink.  5. dragonfly trying to hold manhandling lil’ man  6. fun with father while the girls and I set up for the retreat


1. playing with his bed buddies (the doggies on his bedding).  2. sleeping for big sis, rose.  3. girlfriends garden.  planted by sparkles and her friend.  4. his infamous eyebrow raise. 


1. my lil’ man at 3 months.  2. retreat project made it to our craft tuesdays.  summer bucket list (sbl).  3.  shave ice in the rain. sbl.  4.  swimming in the rain.  sbl. 5.  the kids had popsicles*pool*pancakes, in that order, all by 7:30am. sbl.  6. dad started a water war within minutes of his arrival from his week stay at camp sacred heart.  sbl.


1. roasting hotdogs indoors.  sbl.  2. drive-in movie.  3. papi’s theology lesson.  4.  retreat sign for Rosa Mystica Girls’ Society. 


1.  neon flowers for retreat centerpieces.  2.  the littles tested out my color blasts for the retreat.  3. color blast.  4. rose’s birthday cupcakes 5. bowling party.  6. party swag. 


1.  i’m happy to say that rose received her first phone at 18 years of age.  2. the only two boys invited to the party.   3. sibling love on graduation day.  4. on her way to graduation.


1.  papi’s opted for a healthy snack at the street faire.  2. papi’s fav time of day. 3. lil’ man’s second alias is happy boy.


1. due for another hair donation. 


1. traditional devotion.  


1.  Hawaiian shave ice.


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Double Digits

May God who loves you and fills your life with joy, be with you always.


JOY Sparkles turned 10 on May 18.  We were away on pilgrimage so her party had to wait. 


We offer the kids a birthday party with friends, every other year.  This is what works for us.  It also helps our kids keep things in perspective. 

P6120765This was Sparkles year for a friend birthday party.  We planned her party within a week.  She settled on a bowling party that was nearby her friends.

2013-06-121Everyone chipped in to make her party a success!  Rose, Dad, and I pulled an all-nighter to complete the finishing touches.  We shipped the boys to Papa & Nana’s since they were sick.

IMG_9314  Dad and Lil’ Man were the only boys present. 


Six of her eleven invited friends were able to attend.

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Sweetie was a guest and Rose was the party helper. 

P6120787The girls bowled, participated in contests, had pizza and cake, enjoyed presents, and wrapped it up with a few arcade games.  We pretty much had the whole bowling place to ourselves.  It was a blessed celebration!


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Loving God, you created all the people of the world and you know each of us by name. We thank you for Sparkles, who today celebrates her birthday. Bless her with your love and friendship that she may grow in wisdom, knowledge, and grace. May she love her family always and be faithful to her friends.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Graduation Day

"We're not leaving everything behind. We're beginning anew with the tools that we have today." ~ Father M.



Rose graduated from high school, eleven years of homeschooling, on Saturday, June 8.


Mass of the Holy Spirit


Father M introducing the commencement speaker, Laura Berquist.


Father M. awarding Rose her diploma.



Family love.


Grad Gifts



Graduating Class 2013


Just for fun, Graduating Class 2008

2008 hs graduation mass

May you be humble. May you follow His way and His truth.

+ad Jesum per Mariam+


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Homeschool Graduation Checklist

Rose has completed her homeschool education.  She has diligently Victorius Grad Announcement from Tiny Printsdiscerned her next step.  God’s provisions have been made by way of benefactors (family and friends).  We walk in faith, asking for His grace with each step we take.

We continue to check-off tasks on our list as we close on the homeschool chapter of Rose’s life.

…I know that I am incapable of discerning what may be best for me; therefore I cast myself into Thy arms, beseeching Thee, my God, Who hast sent me into this world only to love and serve Thee, to direct by Thy grace every moment and action of my life to the glorious end of my creation… Thy good Spirit lead me into the right way, and Thy adorable providence place me, not where I may be happiest, according to the world, but in that state in which I Shall love and serve Thee most perfectly, and meet with most abundant means for working out my salvation. This is all that I ask and all that I desire; for what would it avail me to gain the whole world, if, in the end, I were to lose my soul and to be so unfortunate as to prefer temporal advantages and worldly honors to the enjoyment of Thy divine presence in a happy eternity? …

  • Senior Pictures ~ taken at our family’s annual school picture day outing.  I was hoping for a spring photo session but I couldn’t pull it off with all the busy work schedules. 
  • College Application ~ completed with the understanding that it would leave God room to move in her life despite her inclination to further her domestic skills, at home, for her ultimate vocation of becoming a wife and mother.  We sought a college that was an extension of what we sought to accomplish in our home and education.
  • Finals ~ were exactly that, final – NO more home exams. 
  • College Interview ~ was done via web meeting since traveling was not an option -- I was 8 months pregnant.  Again, Rose moved forward with the process with an open heart for God to take action. 
  • College Acceptance ~  was a beautiful consolation to Rose and the entire family.  We opted for Rose to apply to only one college.  We were very selective since we believe college is not a necessary occasion of sin for Rose.  Rose trusts that her vocation is to be a wife and mother.  She very much wants to give her first fruits and not take the windy path to answer this call.  She has discerned if a certain college education would best equip her to do His work, aiding in the restoration of Christendom, starting within the family.       

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  • College Visit – was another sweet consolation along this journey.


  • Graduation – this coming Saturday, Rose will be participating in a celebration within our parish.  A High Mass will be celebrated, guest commencement speaker (thanks to some well-connected moms), and reception.
  • Graduation Announcements – have arrived and will be sent off this week.  We felt the announcements would be a nice way to share our joy and Rose’s accomplishment.  It’s always done for the brick-and-mortar schools, why not for homeschoolers, too.  Rose designed her announcements from the great selection offered through Tiny Prints.  We enjoyed the process.  Their quality, designs, and speedy delivery are top notch—worth every penny.  Click here to view the entire collection of High School Announcements offered at Tiny PrintsSheer Chevron - Tiny Prints This was my choice for announcements.  Rose opted for a different design.
  • Graduation Celebration – we are planning a dinner at a local restaurant.  It was rather last minute so the restaurant was not our first choice and the guest list will be small.  It’s a celebration, nonetheless. 
  • Start a new list, College Prep – it’s going to be a busy summer. 

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We received our announcements from Tiny Prints in exchange for our review but that was not an incentive for us to send people their way.  In fact, we have always endorsed Tiny Prints to all our local friends and family. 

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