Thursday, January 28, 2010
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
It’s been wonderful to have Tom home for a holiday break. The kids have enjoyed his playfulness. But now he’s focused on making sure he gets back to work in the next week. The job of a carpenter is always so uncertain and stressful. While he prays the St. Joseph novena, please be sure to keep him in your prayers.
Sabrina is another character in our family. Mommy found her a used bed on craigslist, and we set it up in the living room to be sure it was good. I have never seen such excitement on my kids faces. It seemed to top Christmas present opening it was so compelling. They had to give it the full kid approved test. Including a sleepover in the living room and imagination central. Stanley is also very excited to have his bunkbeds together in the boys room.
Sabrina, as you may have already read, is potty training. Today is day 3 and so far so good.
She’s our Tinkerbell girl, who just grew up as she left Never-never Land and decided she wants to be a big girl. Pony tails and all!
Jonathan is growing up fast too. He’s already 6 months old today. He’s baby talking, eating food including his biter biscuits for the months ahead of teething. He’s a momma’s boy, but that’s okay for now. Having four kids is much harder than mommy thought, but it’s worth every moment. Just a lot of adjustments to make.
The other big news is that Mikayla has made her First Reconciliation. She worked really hard to receive this beautiful Sacrament. For those who don’t understand it, it’s all about admitting your sins to God and receiving absolution through the Priest who represents Christ Jesus. Complete forgiveness to a soul that is now white as the snow outside. As fresh as the Mentos she had before she went. A life saved by more than just a minty Life Saver, but the real thing – Our Savior Jesus. I am so proud of our little girl, who’s become such a beautiful little lady. Be sure to ask her what she all did that evening! She’s so excited about it.
Thanks for sharing in our memories!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Another session of potty training has begun. This time with my 3rd child, Sabrina. She is 2 years and 4 months old. It was just time as she has shown all the signs of readiness.
Discuss being a "Potty Princess" complete with special necklaces and books. She claims Mikayla and I to be fellow Potty Princesses. Awe.
Time to learn the POTTY DANCE.
Day 2 - Tom wakes up for the morning round. Watch You Tube videos about potty training. Sabrina just wants to dance and put stickers everywhere. BUT FINALLY SHE PEES!
Day 3: Melissa hears her stirring and she comes with me right to the potty. I go, and she goes. Her eyes wide. Sticker mania... high five from Mikayla... crawling up to top bunk to tell Stanley "I'd Peed Stanley!"
LET THE ADVENTURE BEGIN!
God Bless you and yours!
Homegrown Catholics - Our homeschooling experience
As a child, I wore a mustard seed with a bible verse [Mark 30-32]around my neck. I pondered the fragility and potential of that little seed. What amazing potential did I have, and now what of the potential of our children!? In high school, my favorite quote was: "When you take the time to do the things you have to do when you have to do them; the time will come when you can do the things you want to do when you want to do them!" - Zig Zigler
So we're taking the time to enrich our childrens' lives, so that they can someday be sent into the world not just as educated citizens - but more so messengers of God. It often takes all my energy and will power to get out of bed each day and have everyone at home depending upon me to entertain with lessons and activities. But I know the end result will be our confidence in knowing we did everything we could to give our children the best Catholic Education WE could provide.
I don't know that I'll ever retire from being a teacher to my family, and I don't want to wait until my husband retires and our children are all grown before we really live our life. Homeschooling allows us to live now, love better now, and give praise and thanks to God now for all that we currently enjoy.
Homegrown Catholics blog is a place for us to share this journey with you. Let it be a resource of renewal and inspiration!
Melissa & Tom
and our growing family
*Visit my other blog for more straight forward journaling about my life Growing in Grace, my Catholic Journey, and my take on world issues. My personal journey to evangelize despite opposition.
*To view samples of what I sew and craft for homework and sale, go to Modest Mommies.