{phfr} intagrams from august

 

we have officially entered into this new season that has been lingering before us.  it is bittersweet and full of joy.  we have much to give thanks for. 

i will continue to strive to live in the moment and find Him in those before me—NOW!  i will continue to seek to live in the moment so that i am part of the action not merely capturing the memories from behind a camera/phone. 

may my mind and heart be the blog that pleases Him.  may this physical blog be, only, a tool to help me better live out my vocation and share my JOY.

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let the adventure begin.  lil’ man and i accompanied rose on her college move.  6 days -- good times for us all.

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the final send-off

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dialing in our eating.  stuffed bell pepper casserole. 

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captain birthday boy

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C-E-L-E-B-R-A-T-E  Birthday celebrations. Papi turned 6 on 8.24 and Sparkles turned 8 on 8.25. Dad and I also celebrated an anniversary on 8.25. DEO GRATIAS!!!

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this is our planner of preference for this year.  each family member (8+) has their own copy.

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The three ballers enjoying their last few weeks of basketball before sis/coach leaves for college.

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glow swimming into the wee hours of the night

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we have the tooth fairy (aka papa) on speed dial

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rose had to purge a bit but she managed to pack all her clothes and some books into 4 suitcases

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thanks to space bags.  we had to purchase everything else once we arrived in tx. 

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we crafted like mad-women for her college accessories

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life of a teething baby

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teething baby sleeping through the tears

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the perks of having a sis who own’s a sweet shack, boba stop. 

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sweet baby cuddles

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rose’s final send off.

 

 

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my favorite [pastime, baby watching

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we turned the highschool homeschool room/craft room into a guest room, fit for a “king.”  we hosted the president of FMC.  it was a great blessing to be able to share our home and time. 

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cleaning in our home is a family affair

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if you give a boy a bath…he’ll need bubbles to go with it.

 

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Too precious to put down. Suddenly my to do list just got put aside. I have more important business to tend to

 

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a helping hand from baby bro

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breakfast for a king.  yes, he ate it all—throughout the entire day.

 

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summer days at auntie’s shop

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my view of my lil’ man after a long day out with big sis.

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we took rose and a friend on one last field trip before her departure to college.

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turns out, they we’re as hungry as they thought. 

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{pretty, happy, funny, real}

~ Capturing the context of contentment in everyday life ~
Every Thursday, here at Like Mother, Like Daughter!

Homeschooling Encouragement & Call to Action

“Homeschooling is a catacomb…Homeschooling is among the new deserts for many saintly souls.”

Dad and I continue to prepare our hearts and home for a new season of family life and JOYfilled -Sancta Familia  Academy[6]another homeschool year.  We turn towards the resources that have been made available from solid shepherds, whom are willing to lead and correct.

Our most recent mediation comes by way of Audio Sancto.

Sloth: The Vice of Homeschoolers – AudioSancto

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Below is an abbreviated dictation of the audio.

WHAT TO DO {to remain in the cave—to homeschool}:

St. Paul, in his letter to the Thessalonians 

  1. Make an effort to be quite.  All that is of this world will be burned—it will come to an end.
  2. Pursue your own affairs.  We must not, out of curiosity, wish to inquire into or learn the deeds of others or that of world.  God will let us know what He wants us to know, when the time comes.  Form a rule/schedule for your homeschool.
  3. Work with your own hands. Be not idle. Do what we’re supposed to be doing, when we’re supposed to be doing it.  
  4. Walk honorably for the sake of outsiders. We should recognize that we are on display for the whole world. What we say and do, is important.  How we dress is significant.  Our homeschools ought to be, first and foremost, schools of virtue and good character.  Walk honorably for the sake of outsiders.  You represent something special.  Don’t try to be like the world!
  5. Desire nothing from anyone.  Be not alarmed that you do not have all the gadgets {books, extracurriculars, technology, etc…} that other people have.  Do not long for the luxuries of the world.  Do with less and be willing to be behind the Jones and the public schools.  Having all those things doesn’t make for a devout life or a close knit family.  Many have noted how helpful it is to do with less.  To need something and, yet, not be able to get it, that’s not so bad.  This keeps us humble and always looking up and always working together to keep us going.  Stop the desiring of the ABC’s and work with what you’ve got and God will help you and you will be happy with less and you will produce more! 

REMAIN IN THE CAVE!

May we follow His call, detached from government intervention and other temptations of the evil one. May we keep to our place and build the ark.

Let us consecrate our family and homeschool to Our Lady. 

Sancta Familia 2013-14

My primary goal of homeschooling is to take my children to a place of refuge where they can fall in love with Jesus, with snapshot taken at family photo shoot by Deborah Jean Photgraphy training and instruction befitting the Lord. Eph 6:4

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I am ready to embark on this new season that I find myself.  I trust that He has been  preparing me all alongad Jesum per Mariam.

I will be adopting a more structured approach as I set a new foundation for my littles.  I imagine it to be different than Rose’s home education but consentient with our commitment to educate in the natural rhythm of our daily lives, in union with the liturgical calendar, centered around the Holy Mass. 

The kids will be following a Catholic, Classical, Charlotte Mason approach.  All four kids, from pre-school – grade 4, will be studying the same subjects -- Ancient & Classical Times; Animal and Plant.

This year’s curriculum will be provided by Schola Rosa

The (Schola Rosa) program is organized around a three-year historical cycle and includes materials for pre-k through 12th grades.  The beginner level (pre-K to 6th) covers English/Poetry, Religion/Catechism, Science, Art, Music, History, Virtue-Training, Latin/Greek and incorporates the Classically Catholic Memory program.  In addition to lesson plans for all subjects, the online suite includes worksheets, group activity/ field trip plans, digital books, audio readings, links to resources, maps, and more. 

It has been a complete answer to my prayers, providing me with a solid and complete model, allowing room for me to deviate as desired but providing structure when needed (due to health, move, or other demands of life within a large family).  Best of all, it fit within my modest budget and does not require numerous purchases for supporting materials.  I give praise and thanksgiving to the good Lord for leading me to this resource that will assist me in furthering  His call for my family.

This year’s core will continue to be focused on our Sacramental life. We continue to seek to put Him first in our daily lives and school. We pray for His grace and provision to make this a consistent reality.

In addition to daily Mass, Dad will lead us with the following spiritual maxims:

  • Angelus
  • Renewal of Marian Consecration (use Children’s consecration)
  • Study the Mass – Year II
  • Daily Rosary (min. 2 Mysteries-10 decades)
  • Latin Prayers
  • Daily Readings & Saint Study
  • Virtue Study
  • Nightly Examination of Conscience
  • Bible Study
  • Breviary 
  • Monthly recollection
  • Bi-monthly Spiritual read 
  • Begin First Communion prep with the boys
  • Begin Confirmation prep with the girls

Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.

~ Matthew 6:33

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St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Christina, Our Lady of Fatima, St. Bernadette, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Out Lady of Mount Carmel, St. Clare, Our Lady of Lordes, Bl. Pope John Paul II, St. Matthew,  St. George, Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati, St. Gennaro, St. Maximilian, Bl. Teresa of Calcutta, St. Lawrence, St. Barbara, St. Jose Maria Escriva, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. John Chrysostom, St. Valentine of Rome, and St. Guy of Anderlecht ~ Orate pro nobis.

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*This year’s school picture includes Rose, our alumna and big sis.  She is now 18 and away at a beautiful college, Fisher More College.  She remains and integral part of our hearts and homeschooling efforts. 

Lex Orandi, Lex Credendi, Lex Vivendi 

“as we pray, so we believe, so we live”

Novena to Bl. Teresa – Day 9

 

The Liturgical feast of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta is September 5, the anniversary of her death. 

The novena started on August 27 - September 4 or August 28 - September 5.

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NINTH DAY – HOLINESS IS JESUS LIVING AND ACTING IN MEimage

"Our works of charity are nothing but the overflow of our love of God from within. Therefore, the one who is most united to Him loves her neighbor most."

"Our activity is truly apostolic only in so far as we permit Him to work in us and through us--with His power, with His desire, with His love. We must become holy not because we want to feel holy, but because Christ must be able to live His life fully in us."

"Let us spend ourselves with Him and for Him. Let Him see with your eyes, speak with your tongue, work with your hands, walk with your feet, think with your head and love with your heart. Is this not perfect union, a continual loving prayer? God is our loving Father. Let your light of love so shine before man that seeing your good works (the washing, sweeping, cooking, loving your husband and the children) they may glorify the Father."

"Be holy. Holiness is the easiest way to satiate Jesus' thirst, His for you and yours for Him."

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
"Charity for each other is the surest way to great holiness."

ASK FOR THE GRACE TO BECOME A SAINT.

PRAYER TO BLESSED TERESA OF CALCUTTA:
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you allowed the thirsting love of Jesus on the Cross to become a living flame within you, and so became the light of His love for all. Obtain from the heart of Jesus (here make your request). Teach me to allow Jesus to penetrate and possess my whole being so completely that my life, too, may radiate His light and love to others. Amen.
Immaculate Heart of Mary,
cause of our joy, pray for me.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for me.

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