Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Well, course work took over again this week, so didn’t get everything off my list. I am going to modify the list so I don’t put too much pressure on myself and I focus on the essentials. In any case, here’s how I did this past week.

1. Pray the rosary each day. (Only got it in twice.)

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning. (I’ve been staying up too late doing my course work so I haven’t been getting up until 8am most days this week.)

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes.

4. Blog at least three times this week. (The only post I did this week was my goals last Monday…

5. Find a permanent babysitter for Andrew. (Still looking. Please pray I find one!)

6. Take Andrew to doctor’s appointment for well visit. (I’m happy to report that he is fit as a fiddle. 🙂 )

7. Read and review the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). It’s a small booklet so I’m hoping I can fit it in between reading for class. (Didn’t even look at it again. 🙁 )

Here are my modified plans for this week:

1. Pray the rosary twice this week.

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes.

4. Keep Andrew on track with his home-school assignments.

5. Blog at least twice  this week.

6. Start reading the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link).

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Not much done other than school work this week but I am mostly caught up…

1. Pray the rosary each day. (Only got it in a couple of times this week.)

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning. (Missed a couple of days, but did okay.)

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes. (Still waiting on one of the books I need for a class, so I will have to do some major catch-up when it comes in!)

4. Blog at least three times this week.

5. Find a permanent babysitter for Andrew. (Still looking…)

6. Keep Andrew on track with his home school.

7. Read and review the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). It’s a small booklet so I’m hoping I can fit it in between reading for class. (Didn’t even get a chance to open it. 🙁 )

Here are the few goals I have for this week:

1. Pray the rosary each day.

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes.

4. Blog at least three times this week.

5. Find a permanent babysitter for Andrew.

6. Take Andrew to doctor’s appointment for well visit.

7. Read and review the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). It’s a small booklet so I’m hoping I can fit it in between reading for class.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

 

Weekly Goals

Set Goals

Slowly getting in to a new routine but at least I’m getting there. Here’s how I did last week:

1. Pray the rosary each day.

2. Get up by 6:30 each morning.

3. Get started with the reading assignments and work for classes. (One of my classes is Christian Tradition so I will be doing bible reading for the class; therefore, I’m taking the bible reading off my list.)

4. Find a sitter for Andrew. (My babysitter for while I’m at school on Tuesdays had to back out last minute.) (Still working on this for a permanent sitter but at least my mother-in-law can take him this Tuesday and my mom will take him next Tuesday.)

5. Blog at least twice this week.

6. Finally, If I can swing it, I want to create and list one item for Etsy. (Didn’t happen. It is taking me a while to get my newest project done because it contains a lot of info. I’ll be so excited when it is done though, because I think it will help a lot of people!)

Here’s are my short goals for this week.

1. Pray the rosary each day.

2. Get up by 6:30 am each morning.

3. Keep up with the readings and assignments for my classes. (Still waiting on one of the books I need for a class, so I will have to do some major catch-up when it comes in!)

4. Blog at least three times this week.

5. Find a permanent babysitter for Andrew.

6. Keep Andrew on track with his home school.

7. Read and review the Catholic Update guide to Mary (affiliate link). It’s a small booklet so I’m hoping I can fit it in between reading for class.

What are your plans for this week? Let us know in the comments or head over to Money Saving Mom and share them with us!

Marriage Prayer

Catholic Prayer for Marriages

I can’t believe that as of today (Thursday) Michael and I have been married ten years. The time has just flown by! There have been a lot of ups and downs over the past ten years but I have always been thankful that God has put him in my life and called us to marriage.  From the moment I saw him I knew he was “the one” and I still know it. 🙂

In honor of our anniversary, I want to share this beautiful prayer that I found online (here and here).

“We thank you, O God, for the Love You have implanted in our hearts. May it always inspire us to be kind in our words, considerate of feeling, and concerned for each other’s needs and wishes. Help us to be understanding and forgiving of human weaknesses and failings. Increase our faith and trust in You and may Your Prudence guide our life and love. Bless our Marriage O God, with Peace and Happiness, and make our love fruitful for Your glory and our Joy both here and in eternity.” — Traditional Catholic prayer, author unknown

I pray  not only for our marriage but for yours, too. May your marriage be strong and blessed in every way!

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P.S. I could not mention that today is also the feast of the Queenship of Mary. it is a beautiful feast day and to help you understand the meaning behind this feast I offer the following resources:

CatholicTradition.org

domestic-church.com

americancatholic.org

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Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (August 11, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

Another week has gone by and it is time for Sunday Snippets over at RAnn’s place. Why don’t you join us and link up your favorite posts from the week? Here are my posts:

Weekly Goals

10 Reminders of God’s Love for You

“Baba’s” Homemade Chocolate Pudding

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Praying a Novena

Have a blessed week everyone!

 

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (July 27, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

It seems like it’s been forever since I’ve been able to participate in Sunday Snippets! It’s been a bout a month really, though. We have had every weekend completely booked for the last several weeks. I’ve had no time on the computer at all, let alone being able to link up!

In any case, here we are. I’m going to share what I’ve posted over the last few weeks. It seems like a lot but several of them are recipes. 🙂

How to put together a child’s traveling bag

Delicious Sausage, Peppers and Potatoes recipe

Yummy Peas and Macaroni

Book Review: Francis A Man of Prayer (Heads up – was not pleased with this book…)

Bookmarks, Bookmarks Everywhere!

Bubble Fun with Baking Soda and Vinegar

Pope Francis’ First Encyclical

Deviled Eggs Recipe

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (June 16, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

Time for Sunday Snippets over at RAnn’s place where we share our (mostly) Catholic posts from the week. Won’t you come join us?

I only have three posts this week:

Weekly Goals

How to Have Happy Kids When Traveling

Book Review: The Divine Family

Happy Father’s Day to all you dads!

Sunday Snippets: A Catholic Carnival (June 2, 2013)

Sunday Snippets

It’s time for another week for Sunday Snippets over at RAnn’s place. Come join us with your posts from this past week. My posts for this week are:

Weekly Goals

Book Review: Navigating the Interior Life (a book about spiritual direction)

The Busy Woman’s Guide to Making Time for Prayer eBook

7 Alternatives to Boy Scouts

A Happy and Blessed Solemnity of Corpus Christi everyone!

7 Quick Takes: Alternatives to Boy Scouts

7 Alternatives to the Boy Scouts

If you haven’t already heard, the Boy Scouts of America recently changed their policy and passed “the resolution allowing ‘open and avowed homosexuality’ in the Boy Scouts.” It is very sad that they have chosen to go against their own “timeless values” and we, as parents, are forced to look into other youth organizations for our boys.

The good news, however, is there are such organizations out there! Here are seven such organizations that have come to my attention. (Hat tip to Dymphna’s Road for several of these links.) Just so you know, I haven’t had any personal experience with any of these organizations, although from resources I trust, the organizations are supposed to be excellent…

1. On My Honor.

According to their website, “”OnMyHonor.Net is the official coalition of concerned parents, Scout Leaders, Scouting Donors, Eagle Scouts and other BSA members who are united in their support of Scouting’s timeless values and their opposition to open homosexuality in the Scouts.”

This group is supposed to be meeting to talk about forming another organization similar to the Boy Scouts.

2. Columbian Squires.

The Columbian Squires is an extension of the Knights of Columbus, and I believe, sponsored by them. They are not in many parishes yet, but you can see if there is a group near you.

3. The Blue Knights.

Their website states: “Blue Knights Boys’ Club™ is a boys’ club aimed at teaching the truths of the Catholic faith to boys through Scripture, saints’ biographies, games, crafts and the Catechism of the Catholic Church.”

Our home-schooling co-op has monthly Blue Knights meetings and it is very good. My only wish is that it was more active and they did activities outside the monthly meetings.

4. Knights of Divine Mercy.

On the website: “The Knights of Divine Mercy apostolate seeks to awaken in men [and boys] the eager desire for a knight’s true calling: The quest for holiness and a restoration of the sacred.”

I’ve never heard of this group before but I like what it says on their website and according to someone I know, it is supposed to be an excellent group and worth checking out.

5. Pilgrims of the Holy Family.

A “do-it-yourself” alternate program to 4-H or Boy scouts through the Catholic Heritage Curricula website.

6. Federation of North American Explorers.

Not a Catholic-specific program, but its website states: “We deliver a proven same gender year round program experience that helps shape youth into honest, loving, Christ centered, happy young men and women in a fun and constructive manner.”

7. Fraternus.

Another Catholic-based program that is supposed to be very good. It is a parish-based program whose goal is “To mentor boys into virtuous Catholic men.”

I’ve never heard of this program and have no idea how many parishes it may be in, but might be worth the “look-see.”

Of course if all else, you could always form your own alternative group with your sons and their friends…If I wasn’t in school full-time nor taking 6 classes in the fall, I would consider  trying to start a chapter of one of the above groups or starting my own.

Do you know of any other programs that would be good alternates to the Boy Scouts? Do share them in the comments.

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Book Review: Navigating the Interior Life, Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God

Navigating the Interior Life

From the Description:

“…this book will serve the souls of those who are seeking to deepen their relationship with God and find their spiritual direction. Whether you are at the beginning of the process, a veteran of spiritual direction, or struggling outside of spiritual direction, this book will help you uncover a map of success for your journey.”

My Comments:

I first discovered spiritual direction way back when I was discerning a vocation to religious life. Once a month I met with my then Mother Superior, and a few times a year I would meet with the Mother Provincial. It didn’t take long before I realized how important spiritual direction is for living out our Christian vocation. My faith and growth in the spiritual life soared under the direction of my superiors. After leaving the order, I went for a period of time without spiritual direction until I discovered Opus Dei. When I became a “Cooperator” I was able to meet with a member once a month and again, I saw my spiritual life grow. I now life too far away to have an active part with Opus Dei but I have someone else that I go to for spiritual direction.

I share my experience because I want to urge you to read Navigating the Interior Life and consider finding a spiritual director for yourself. If you give it a chance, I am sure you will find spiritual direction invaluable, too.

Navigating the Spiritual Life:

Navigating the Spiritual Life starts out as a basic “how-to.” It answers the typical questions about spiritual direction: “What is spiritual direction?” “Am I ready for spiritual direction?” “How do I find a spiritual director?” It even answers the question, “I can’t find one. Now what?”  The book also discusses the challenges of spiritual direction and the responsibilities of the spiritual director and the responsibilities.

I already have a good understanding of spiritual direction so, to be honest, I read through this part pretty quickly. Having said that, I think the author, Daniel Burke, does a great job explaining spiritual direction to those unfamiliar with it.

After those questions are answered, then begins my favorite part of the book. There is a chapter on spiritual self-evaluation that is very enlightening. Even if you decide not to find a spiritual director, this chapter would be worth the cost of the book! There are exercises to help you discover your “root sin” and how to battle against it.

The book even has a short chapter about developing a rule of life. It is a very practical chapter that quickly shows you how to use a plan a life to help yourself overcome a fault or grow in a particular virtue.

In short, this book is a “must read” for anyone looking to take their spiritual life to the next level. I give it 4 (four) stars.

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