02. October 2017 · Comments Off on New Updates! · Categories: Uncategorized

Have you noticed some of the changes that we are making?  I’m sure like you time gets away from you and the next thing you know you Website is out of date!  As part of our updates we are introducing two new areas to the Website and that is Catholic Homeschool Curriculum and Catholic Stock Imagery.

You know that we are Catholic homeschoolers and it can be difficult to put together a curriculum for little ones that meet your needs.  You might be like us and create or use different structures for different classes and it’s nice to come across sets of coursework that is already put together.  So that’s what we are doing.  We are packaging up different courses and bundling it for you in one download.  We are asking for a small contribution for our efforts but we know what tight budgets can be so it is not that much.  Very budget friendly!

As part of the curriculum we are offering packages of historic maps.  We happen to have a very large collection of maps and maps are ideal when studying history.  It really makes it special when you’re studying something like World War II and actually looking at a map that was produced during World War II.  It really gives a different perspective.  We are starting with sets of maps from different times and eras for download and will be adding the curriculum packages as we develop them.

The other new area I mentioned was the Catholic Stock Imagery.  There are so many stock photo places but very few that focus on all things Catholic.  As we visit Catholic shrines and places, we’ve taken hundreds, if not thousands of pictures and we’ll be making those available for anyone at a very reasonable cost for royalty-free publication.

We’ll be working on expanding these different areas but I wanted you to know that we are renewing our efforts to create new content for the site.

18. August 2015 · Comments Off on Stone Soup by Marcia Brown · Categories: Books, January

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown was originally written in 1947; an awesome book with an amazing legacy.  If you are looking for something to do some cold January (National Soup Month) day, pull this book off the shelf and give it a read.

Here are some ideas for activities to go along with your reading of Stone Soup:

1.  Talk soup, what kinds you and your child enjoy.  How are they prepared?  (A Year of Fun Just for Five’s by Theodosia Spewock)

2.  Make your own soup for dinner.

3.  And if you homeschool or just want to expand on your reading with additional activities, check this site for an amazing list!

28. May 2015 · Comments Off on The 2015 Summer Wanna Do List (aka Bucket List) · Categories: News

Before June 1st, I was determined to have a list of fun things to do this summer…and I made it!  I typed it up in pretty colors and added a nice graphic, but since I used a random graphic I found online, I won’t show the actual list.  I will however give you our summer list, the not-so-pretty version.

Do a Giant Scavenger List
See Mimi & Grandpa (my parents)
Go Bowling
Complete a Summer Reading Program
Attend Vacation Bible School
Take swim lessons
Go to the ocean
Go to the lake
Visit a new state
Play Outside LOTS
Go to a Farmers Market
Blow bubbles
Go to movie theater
Go to a drive-in (theater and/or food)
Go to a new playground
Make s’mores
Go star-grazing
Pick peaches
Pick strawberries
Pick blueberries
Go on a picnic
Make homemade ice cream
Fly a kite
Have a watermelon seed spitting contest
Watch fireworks in a new city
Eat something new
Attend an outdoor concert
Play miniature golf
Have a balloon fight
Play with cousins
Build a sandcastle
Catch lightning bugs
Play in the rain
Go to a new museum
Play in mud
Go for a hike
Go to a National Park
Most Importantly, HAVE FUN…

I’m so much more productive when operating from a list.  Last year, we did almost everything on our summer list.  This year it is a little easier and I’m pretty sure we can tend to everything on the list.

05. May 2015 · Comments Off on A Website for Catholic Home-Based Businesses · Categories: Catholic Business, News

Today I came across the new website, “Shopping with Blessed Zelie Martin“.  Here is what the author, Christine Henderson, says on her “about” page:  The purpose of this blog is to support Catholic run home-based businesses. As Catholics, I feel it is important for us to support businesses that hold the same values as the Church. When running a home-based business, it can be very difficult to balance the roles of being a wife, mother, friend, employer, taxi cab driver for the kids or elderly parents, etc. Most of us who run these types of businesses love creating our products, but finding a way to reach customers is challenging. Our capital for advertising and our time is very limited. So, this blog is going to try and remedy this situation. All the businesses that are featured here are run by Catholics out of their homes.  

She has a nice directory of businesses started.  So if you have a home-based Catholic business, please go to this website to see about being listed.  What a great resource!  Thank you Christine Henderson.

edited 10/5/2017 to update the links

05. May 2015 · Comments Off on May Crowning & St. Joseph the Worker · Categories: Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph the Worker

May 1st, 2015 found us in Church at 9AM for our May Blessed Virgin Mary crowning and Mass.  Our parish school children had the privilege of crowning a small statue of Mary.  The 7th grade children held lilies across the aisle as the 3rd grade children carried in the crown.  It was all so beautifully done.

Our parish school is in danger of closing, so these events might be ending soon.  Even though we do not send our young man to the parish school, it is nice to be able to participate in Mass occasionally with the school children.  Our young man at least gets to see the school children attending Mass as a large group.  Unfortunately, our normal Sunday Masses do not have many children attending.  Anyway.. I digress.

May 1st was also St. Joseph the Worker.  To celebrate, after Mass, our young man and I went to the pharmacy to purchase a thank you card and candy bar to give Dave at lunchtime.  We’d called to see if we could meet at lunch and he could.  So we found a cute card that our young man decorated and in which I wrote a nice sentiment about how hard Dave works to keep a roof over our heads.  And how he is our example of St. Joseph the Worker.

All in all a wonderful day!