Sunday, January 29, 2012

Feast of St. Brigid - Feb 1st

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Our homeschool saint is Saint Brigid of Kildare, Ireland. Her feast day is February 1st. Here are some ideas we've found to celebrate on that day, or when celebrating Irish culture on St. Patrick's Day in March.

 

St Brigid, Mary of Ireland
Ask for us all today
The courage to do God's bidding
Whatever the world may say
The grace to be strong and valiant
The grace to be firm and true
The grace to be faithful always
To God, God's mother and you.

 

My Wooden Saint Brigid

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Prayer of St. Brigid

Prayer of St BrigidSt Brigid Icon

 

BOOKS

The Life of St BrigidBrigids CloakStBrigid and the cows

The Life of Saint Brigid, Abbess of Kildare by Jane G Meyer

Brigid's Cloak, An Ancient Irish Story by Bruce Milligan

Saint Brigid and the Cows by Eva K Betz

 

Catholic Icing: How to make a St. Brigid's Cross with pipecleaners

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Waltzing Matilda: Coloring Page of St. Brigid

St Brigid to color

 

Catholic Cuisine - food ideas for St. Brigid and all of February's Feasts!

 

 

Cherished Hearts at Home: St Brigids Feast Day Activities

-Including crossword, word search, and coloring pages

 

St Brigid's Academy: St. Brigid, Example to Many

 

About.com: Saint Brigid's Day

- Great links to articles, activities, recipes, pictures and more.

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Fish Eaters: Info about St. Brigid and Customs

- including activities, and recipes for Colcannon, Boxty Cakes and St. Brigid's Oatcakes.

 

St Brigid of Ireland

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Homeschool Lies

I needed a laugh, and maybe you do too?

 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Will you be my Valentine?

Are you in love with the week before Valentine's Day? We are! It's a time to focus our concentration on studying God's unconditional love for us, praying for those in our life we love, thinking about others who need our love, and sharing the love with friends and strangers.
This post is a culmination of all things lovely and I hope it inspires you and your family to do more than just indulge in chocolates, give away candy like it's halloween again, and buy expensive flowers. Most years this holiday comes just before Lent begins, so reflecting on Jesus' way of showing what True Love is can be very powerful.

Annaleah and Bobby Schuster Wedding
Tom and Melissa July 2011

MARRIAGE CHIT-CHAT and ADVICE
A Wedding Homily for my daughter - written by Deacon Bruce (my Dad for my sister)
I Wanna Hold Your Hand
The 7 Year Itch
The Kissing Corner
Courageous Love - The Dignity of Women

VALENTINES DAY IDEAS
What kind of valentine will you give to your friends and sweethearts?
Coop Valentines Day

Here are some fun ideas for cards, gifts and crafts I grabbed from my past efforts…

My Modest Mommies Pinterest Board!

Blog Post: Happy Valentines Day - A little tidbit about Valentine's Day and its patron saint. Prayers and Ideas.

VALENTINE COUNTDOWN - Our Forever Tree
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Using Catholic Icing's valentine countdown printable (Thanks Lacy), we hung the hearts on Our Forever Tree to be opened and read each day. Then we place them in a pocket made from www.HolyReflections.com valentines stationary.

You can add some reflection on "God's Love Is" with 14 Bible verses using this great, free print out from NotConsumed.com. This is new to us in 2015, and we're excited to dive into the Bible with such a quick and easy family activity great for any Christian.

UNIQUE VALENTINE CARDS & GIFTS
HolyReflections.com has some beautiful valentines that are prayer cards you can print for free. We used these in 2012, added to a bag of sweets.
Holy Card Valentines

Take a photo of your children/family with a hand extended. Print the photos, punch holes near hands, and weave through a lollipop -  or glue on a candy to an open hand. This was our 2011 Valentine.
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One year I found an M&M website that allows you to create candy characters of yourself. I made one for each family member, printed them and made homemade cards.
Our M&M Family

MORE ARTWORK and CREATIVITY
Cut out a few cardboard heart shapes. Let children trace the hearts on white paper, purposely overlapping edges. Have them color each section a different color, challenging them to consider what it would look like if they were balloons. What color would show when a red balloon and a yellow balloon cross paths? Then write words of affection on each heart!
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Illuminated Ink Coloring Contest - Contest is over, but a great sheet to color about a great Saint! I added the image below just in case over time they remove it.

I made this door hanger pillow for my sister, but it is a fun gift for any couple. Take apiece of fabric and draw or embroider something like "Shhh… Honeymooners" or "Knock First." Then add hearts, buttons, flowers and other fun designs. I added buttons to look like Minnie and Mickey Mouse because they were honeymooning in Disney World. Sew with another piece of fabric as a mini pillow and ribbon to hang.
Honeymoon Present by melissa

I'm loving crocheting, and here is a picture of a bouquet of crocheted washcloths I made. For the full bouquet look, use red/pink for the small cloth rose, shades of green for the medium cloth of leaves, then the multicolor large cloth for the vase (held together with rubber bands).
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One year we registered at a bank for a prize, which we gladly won. It was a basket filled with a blanket for two, wine glasses filled with chocolates, wine, popcorn, movie rental certificate, pizza certificate, and decorated/displayed so cute. What a treat that was. Years later, we still love that blanket.
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GAMES and ACTIVITIES

  • Don't forget to play Bingo using conversation hearts as the place markers! I love the Free Bingo Cards found at Crazy Little Projects!
  • Mad Libs Valentines: Not only do these make great valentines, but open them up and play! A free printable tag can be found here.
  • Read The Princess and the Kiss  and  The Squire and the Scroll for a great elementary level lesson on purity.
  • Bring valentines to the local Senior Center, stay to chat awhile!
  • Make care packages for the Cancer Center patients.
  • Show love by visiting grandparents, bringing a meal to a new mom, shoveling someone's driveway, or any other random act of kindness!
  • Find More Games & Activities linked on my Valentines Pinterest Board!


TABLE SETTINGS and CENTERPIECES
  I love to decorate for each holiday. Here are some images of my past settings.

  
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Red and Black are the classiest colors, with hints of pink and white lace. Add some sparkle with candlelight! For an adult table there's room for wine glasses and treats. For a children's table, set up a tea party or craft. Don't forget, a chandelier is another decorating space!

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A day of wine and roses. If you're a man, certainly consider the surprise bouquet of roses for your lady. She most likely deserves it. I always have a spot cleared for mine!

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Lent is nearing, so the "Bean Good Jar" (Being good) is out. In this picture I wrapped a heart necklace around the jar and added a prayer card. In the other picture is my valentines dishes filled with festive cookies, chips and salsa, lots of candle light and some grenadine (cherry juice) to add to our soda!

More Valentines Ideas

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Plan for Fun

Grandma Pat and Melissa cleanup
In this last month of being pregnant, I'm exhausted and my kids are getting the rough end of the deal. We recently hosted a Sibling Shower in our home, preparing our children for the JOYS of being a big brother or sister. It lifted their spirits and gave them the playtime they were longing for.
Of course the morning of the party, two families called in sick. My stomach dropped, feeling sorry for those little ones laying helpless in their moms arms while the well children grieve the loss of a fun day here. A party minus 9 kids - that's a party in January for ya! [We really missed seeing you gals and kiddos!]
Sibling Shower
But the show must go on! The house was clean (cleanest ever), my mom and sister were here to help, and I wasn't about to reschedule. We still had 13 other kids to entertain.
Sibling Shower

Following my Sibling Shower party directions with printouts made it a breeze. I had seen the idea on a few websites, but no one had created kid-friendly instructions or game sheets. So it is all done for you > HERE.

Sibling Shower
We hung up our baby pictures and collected scrap fabric squares to make a quilt for Baby Eddie. Just awaiting the fabric of our ill guests before I begin sewing.
Quilt - fabrics

We played - oh so many - games! The kids had an absolute blast, enjoying the games and prizes. The moms joining in here and there.
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   Everyone went home with a full goodie bag. My mom was running the stairs for this and that, so much she's not in the pictures! :( Oh my goodness, we slept good that night. But it was soooo worth it. What a wonderful occasion to spend time with friends and family.
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   Even the after party with Daddy was fun. Since our kids were so good, I gave them each a special prize to play with. Squinkies, Bizu beads and Playdoh are their current favorites.  We enjoyed the leftovers for supper… mmmmm!

Cozy Carpet

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In other news, the kids have been enjoying their Christmas toys and other toys whose bins have been dusted off.
Car Set from Uncle RodMagnet Paper Dolls
Dora the Exporer playtime
They are addicted to their Vsmile Pocket and Super Hero movies.Sabrina with VSmile gameJonathan watching Super Hero Squad
Mom and I got the pictures hung that have been leaning on walls around the house for one year since we moved in! And Tom finished the office cabinets so I can be MORE organized.
Grandma Pat and Melissa cleanup
I am officially ready for Baby Eddie to come. In the meantime a dolly is saving a spot for him in the bassinet and the cocoon I crocheted for him.
Crochet Baby hat and cocoon
I swear, sometimes it looks like it's breathing.




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