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I'm Catholic homeschooling mom blessed with 3 sweet little kids, 2 awesome step daughters, and a very patient and wonderful husband.
Interests: homeschooling, irish culture, home decorating, crafts, nature studies, curriculum development, korean culture
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:) T. Of course, if I could get any of my kids into Notre Dame on a homeschool curriculum like you have, I'd take the "nuts" label any day!!
Getting ready to travel, for my sister's (ugh) funeral. For the kids: Two sets of good clothes, socks, underwear, belts, Sunday shoes; coupla extra playclothes, extra socks & unders "just in case." Don't forget the PJs. I lay them neatly... Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2013 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
It was from a friend who remembered Nonie from early gradeschool (we only lived in that town until Nonie was half-way through 3rd grade, and I would guess this must've happened in either K or 1st). The little girl was... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
Thanks, Patti. Your thoughtfulness means so much. And if Nonie herself were to respond to this post, her exact words would be, "I just love that Aunt Patti!" :)
My sister Nonie's blog. She stopped posting some time ago, but it's an awesome archive. A treasure trove of wisdom and grace. And a testimony to a life well-lived. Read the whole thing. You won't be sorry. Miss you, No'n.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
... it's great to have beloved, memorized prayers to fall back on. That's what I told my children, as we all tried to catch our breath, gasping, shaking and crying over the news of my dear sister Nonie's passing, just... Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2013 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
I am in the process of purchasing resources for three children for next year, in grades 8 (13 yo dd), 4 (9-go-10 yo ds) and 2 (7 yo ds). For the most part, I will be combining grades 4+2, at... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2013 at In My Backyard
Thanks, Kate, I really appreciate hearing your perspective! You make a good point. One of the things we have available to us is a Homeschool Resource Center about an hour away, where I take our kids once a week for a few classes. My daughter is currently taking a Critical Thinking course that she absolutely loves -- most of the kids are in high school (homeschool), and she's really learning to think things through and defend her point of view, in a very supportive environment. If we didn't have this, I think this decision could present more of a quandry. I don't think you can deny, though, that high school (as an institution) has a great deal about it that is less than desireable. The fact that some kids will do well, and even thrive, in spite of those problems doesn't mitigate the negatives, in my mind. Especially when research may be proving the point. (YMMV, of course, as you point out.) It's funny, homeschooling was never a goal of mine originally. We decided to give it a shot because of the lack of school choice in our area, thinking we'd be able to move by the time our daughter was 10. Well, turns out moving really isn't realistic after all -- and homeschooling has turned out to be a wonderful option! Especially when the only alternative is, frankly, less than desireable.
New science on high school's corrosive, traumatizing effects. Truth: "High school is the metaphor for shame." Seriously, what prom, or role in the high school play, or "official" transcript, is worth that? Sure, most kids survive. But why should you... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
Last night there was a strong wind that blew over three of our porch nativity statues. Obviously, the Holy Family needed protection, so we brought them inside. :) SB thought the Baby Jesus needed extra attention. And Taz thought He... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
I'd call this "Reason No. X Why I Love Homeschooling," but I've long since lost count. It's nearly 8:30 in the morning. The other kids in this town are already in school. Yet here I am, calmly perusing the internet,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2011 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
I want to get back to my 2011 resolutions list eventually. (Heh, heh, heh. Resolutions are obviously not my strong suit.) But before I do that, I thought I’d give an update on a resolution from three years ago –... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2011 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
Thirteen years ago today, The Chief made me an offer I couldn't (and didn't want to!) refuse. Even though it was on the eve of Valentine's Day -- a Friday the 13th, no less -- his proposal was completely unexpected!... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2011 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
Seven year old Taz has struggled with reading. I haven't been sure if it was a question of readiness on his part, or a poor fit between his style and the programs I'd been using, or some combination of the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2011 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
Oh, this just made me so sad. Brian Jacques, of course, is the author of the awesome Redwall series. I don't even want to tell Junie B. Story here: Brian Jacques, beloved children's author of the Redwall series, dies at... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2011 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
For some reason, every time there's a storm on the horizon, there seems to be a run on the local supermarkets for milk, eggs and bread. Why? Is French Toast the ultimate snow emergency comfort food? We didn't need to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2011 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
I am here! I am here! :) Here are a few New Year's Resolutions I hope to be working on: 1. Blog more. (It won't take much to fulfill that one!) :) 2. Pray more. 3. Read more. 4. Plan... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
More words of wisdom from my mom. The quote above is something she often said to me as I was growing up -- particularly when, Gert Loplitz-deficient thing that I am, I sulked about having to go to a family... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2010 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
We had a wonderful trek back to the creek today -- saw yellow violets and trout lilies for the first time, found a number of Jack-in-the-pulpits, and may have even seen our first Beaver tracks. But this little beauty made... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2010 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
It really is true -- if you build it, they will come! Junie B. has been working on a notebook about New York State this year (stay tuned for some great "invented in New York" recipes!), and the bluebird is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
Once -- over Christmas Dinner, I think it was -- one of my nieces mentioned that she thought I was extroverted. Now that's funny. I am a walking mass of anxiety where dealing with other people is concerned. Shy. Terrified,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2010 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
"Remember: Boots are always shorter than the water into which you wade." --MacBeth Derham, in Why Study Nature Oh, MacBeth, how right you are! (Check out the "beaver trees" at the edge of the creek overflow! We discovered the presence... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2010 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
Last night, our library hosted a free showing of The Princess and the Frog. We hadn't seen it yet, so it seemed like the perfect Saturday "Family Night" activity! The children were encouraged to dress up like princesses and princes... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
... My sweet little 4 yo sleeping peacefully in his new "Big Boy Bed" in his very own new-to-him room. Note the high profile of the bed. Note the low profile of the ceiling. Too bad Sunny-boy didn't! A couple... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2010 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!
In homeschooling, it's easy to see that we stand on the shoulders of giants. I have been blessed over and over by the amazing people who have paved the way for our family -- I could never have done this... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2010 at Eileen on Him . . . at least, I try!