Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Some of my favorite quotes from the 2018 March for Life

Another draft post here today!!  
I was blessed to attend my first March for Life in Washington D.C. with my family this year.  We got to listen to many incredible speakers who shared their personal life stories.  Here are some of my favorite quotes from the 2018 March for life.

"More than two-hundred and forty years ago, our founders wrote words that have echoed through the ages. They declared these truths to be self-evident.  That we are, each of us, endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights.  And that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."  ~Vice President of the United States, Michael R. Pence

"It was such a small thing, this loving exchange, and the impact reaches into eternity.  You man not see the impact of your love, but God sees it.  The love of your heart is totally unique to you and only you can give it.  Your love saves lives."  ~Sr. Bethany Madonna, Sisters of Life

"Under my administration, we will always defend the very first right in The Declaration of Independence and that is the right to life." ~President of the United States, Donald J. Trump

"We are protecting the sanctity of life and the family as the foundation of our society.  But this movement can only succeed with the heart and the soul and the prayer of the people." ~President of the United States, Donald J. Trump

"...And most importantly of all, it is the gift of life itself.  That is why we march.  That is why we pray.  And that is why we declare that America's future will be filled with goodness, peace, joy, dignity, and life for every child of God." ~President of the United States, Donald J. Trump

"Life is winning in America because love saves lives." ~Vice President of the United States, Michael R. Pence

"..This is a movement that is on the rise.  And do you know why the pro-life movement is on the rise?  Because truth is on our side!  Life begins at conception.  You know why the pro-life movement is on the rise?  Because science is on our side! ... And most importantly, the pro-life movement is on the rise because love is on our side.  We believe every person is worthy of love and dignity.  That is why the pro-life movement is on the rise." ~House Speaker Paul Ryan

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The Catholic Tag

Hello dear friends!!  I was indirectly tagged (so to speak) for the Catholic Tag by Maddi Elaine @ Short and Sweet Style!  This looked like a very fun tag about my Faith that is so very dear to my heart.   (This is one of the draft posts I've been meaning to finish for forever, so here you go!!)

What is your rite?

It's the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Photo Credit: Patrick Craig


Cradle Catholic

Year You Were Baptized?


Year You Received Your First Communion?


Confirmation Saint?

St. Mariam Bouardy and St. Therese of Liseux

Name of Current Parish?

St. Bridget of Ireland

Photo credit: Mr. Evaristo

Parish Groups You Belong To?

I don't belong to any groups at present, but I have been a member of our Schola Cantorum/Choir for years.  I also hope to start a Young Adult group.

Prayers You Say Every Day?

The Morning Offering, an Ave Maria for my vocation, sometimes morning prayer from the Divine Office,  and the rosary.

Morning Offering

Religious Items You Travel With?

My rosary, holy water, my veil for Mass, The Catholic Girls' Guide, my miraculous medal, St. Benedict medal bracelet, and Saint bracelet.  Most of the time I have a spiritual reading book in my bag as well.

Do You Go To Adoration?

Yes, my family and I used to go to weekly Children's Adoration, but now I am going occasionally by myself.

Last Time You Went To Confession?

First Friday Mass

Color of Your Favorite Rosary?

My favorite rosary that I like to use is actually Jerusalem wood.

Convert That Helped Your Faith?

Tim Staples and my Confirmation sponsor.

Cradle Catholic That Helped Your Faith?

Well, my mom and dad, of course.  I'm not sure if he is a cradle Catholic, but I met this priest a couple of times at a conference, Fr. Christopher Bernabe, and he has been very influential in my vocation discernment.

Weirdest Thing About Being Catholic?

It's really a small world when you're a Catholic.  Even more so when you're a Catholic who attends the TLM.  Everybody seems to know everybody!!

Best Thing About Being Catholic?

I loved Maddi Elaine's answer.  There are so many things.  Honestly, I want to say the best thing about being Catholic is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  The fact that we can receive the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Jesus Christ at Mass.  I love being able to commune with Him in the silent moments after I receive Him.  I also love having Mary as my spiritual Mother!

Let me live and die, O My Jesus, in the kiss of Your Love!

Your Patron Saints?

St. Rose of Lima, St. Barbara, St. Mariam Bouardy, St. Therese of Liseux, St. Genisius, St. Cecilia, and St. Gregory.

Favorite Saint?

How can I name just one?!?!  All my patron Saints, St. John Bosco, St. Edith Stein, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, St. Anthony of Padua, St. Camillus de Lellis, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Mary Mazzarello.  I also enjoy St. Louis Marie de Montfort, and St. Catherine of Sienna.  A few venerables are also worth mentioning here; Ven. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, Ven. Maria Teresa of Jesus, and Ven. Mother Luisita.

Favorite Parable?

Well, I think I would say the parable of the Pearl of Great Price (Matt. 13:44-46) and The Friend at Midnight (Luke 11:5-13).

Favorite Psalm?

Psalm 65 Thanksgiving for God's Blessings

Favorite Religious Order?

Carmelites, definitely.

Favorite Catholic Singer/Band?

There are so many!!  The Priests, The Benedictine Sisters of Mary Queen of Apostles, and The Annie Moses Band.

Favorite Spiritual Author?

Fr. Lasance, St. Therese, St. Louis Marie de Montfort, and Fr. Laux.

Favorite Prayer?

Prayers of St. Thomas Aquinas before and after Holy Communion, The Saint Andrew's Christmas Novena, and this Sigh to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament:

"O Jesus, sweetest Love, come Thou to me; Come down in all Thy beauty unto me; Thou Who didst die for longing love of me, And never, never more depart from me."

Favorite Marian Devotion?

The Rosary and Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary according to St. Louis Marie de Montfort.

Favorite Pope?

I'm not really sure.  There are many who did great things.

Favorite Biblical Character?

Aside from Mary, maybe Job and Jeremiah.  They are both characters with sad stories but are inspiring to me in my faith.  They stayed strong and trusted in the Lord even in terribly hard times.

Favorite Catholic Movie?

The Miracle of Marcelino (1955), Therese (2004) and Saint John Bosco: Mission to Love

Favorite Catholic Song?

Dormi Jesu and Herzliebster Jesu.  Each song relates a beautiful and pivotal moment in our redemption history.  Dormi Jesu from the nativity of Our Lord, and Herzliebster Jesu from His passion and death.  Oh!  And then there's Sicut Cervus, one of my all-time favorites. 😊

Favorite Encyclical?

I haven't read many full encyclicals, but I did read Humanae Vitae and loved it.

Favorite Marian Hymn?

Ave Maria

Favorite Book Written By A Saint?

"Story of A Soul" by St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Favorite Catholic Meme?

Favorite Liturgical Season?

Christmas!  But to be honest with you, Lent really grew on me this year.  It really helped me to grow as a person and in my discernment.

Favorite Feast Day?

St. Therese's feast day!

Favorite Part of Mass?

The consecration of the host and the chalice.  It's the most important part of the Mass y'all.  It is the moment that Heaven is opened and Jesus becomes present on the altar.  It is the unbloodied re-presentation of Jesus' once and for all sacrifice on Calvary.  When the priest elevates the host and chalice, you are seeing Jesus lifted up on the cross on Calvary.

Photo credit: Patrick Craig

Favorite Sacred Hymn?

Ok, what's the difference between a song and a hymn?  One of my favorite sacred hymns might be God of Mercy and Compassion.  There's also O Come and Mourn with Me a While.  (I'm sorry, I can't find a good YouTube video for it.)  I'm sure there are others, but the Lenten ones move me so very much and even stay in my head throughout the year.

Favorite Gospel?

I want to say Luke, but I don't remember why.

Favorite Martyr?

St. Cecilia and St. Edith Stein.

Favorite (approved) Title of Our Lady?

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Favorite Bible Translation?

The Douay Rheims

Religious Life of Married?

Whatever God wants.  Right now, I do believe I'm leaning towards the religious life.

Homeschooling or Catholic School?


G.K. Chesterton or C.S. Lewis?

I haven't read much of either (shame on me) but since I did enjoy Narnia as a kid, I'll say C.S. Lewis.

St. Paul or St. Peter?

St. Paul

St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Augustine?

St. Thomas Aquinas.  I've read more of his work.

Wow!!  That was a lot of fun!  Thank you all so much for reading!  It's always wonderful to examine your Faith "personality," so to speak. 😉  If you'd like, please go ahead and complete the tag yourself!  May God bless you always!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Favorite Hairstyles For You

Hello friends,

Today I wanted to share with you a fantastic blog dedicated to pretty and feminine hairstyles, tips, and tutorials!  It all started when two Seton homeschooled, high school girls (who live over 9,437 miles apart) were obsessed with hairstyling, but they needed an outlet to share their ideas.  Seton Girls' Hairstyles blog was born and now you can find tons of cute hairstyle tutorials and more on this wonderful website!!

It is always so great when homeschoolers who use the same curriculum are able to connect, sometimes across the globe!  Thanks to online classes and discussion forums, homeschoolers like these girls and myself have been able to make great friends and find common interests.

I would love to share 5 of my favorite hairstyles they've posted, but don't stop there.  Once you've seen my favorites, please go check out their Hairstyle Gallery for all of the step-by-step tutorials they've done and then pick your own favorites to try!

Dutch Braided Updo for Short Hair

Aren't these ladies sooo talented?!?!  And their hair is super gorgeous. <3 Their photography is always fantastic as well.  Which hairstyles are your favorite?  I hope you enjoy!  Please go visit their blog for more great tutorials!!

God bless,


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Long time no see!

Hola dears!!

I'm soo super duper sorry I haven't been on here to finish my drafts.  Life has been just a tad bit busy.    Let's see just how crazy.  But first....

I'm so happy to see that my blog had 1,023 page views in May!  Wow!  This is the first time I've hit over 1,000.  Thank you all so much for being great followers.  I'm so glad I can share just a little bit of the life of a homeschooler with you.  Hopefully, you're enjoying what you find here.

I thought I would do a little life update today.  I promise you, those draft posts are coming soon!

I am praying... That God guides me in the discernment of my vocation.  But I am not impatient so much right now.  Just praying and waiting.  I am praying and asking Mary to keep and guide me under her mantle especially.  I am also praying and reading to renew my Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary on August 15th, the feast of The Assumption.

I am reading... Believing the Dream (Return to Red River #2) by Lauraine Snelling
and The Song At The Scaffold by Gertrud von le Fort which I started on the feast of the Carmelite Martyrs of Compiégne.  I am also reading Jesus, King of Love by Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey in my meditation and adoration.

I am listening to... Non Nobis Domine Canon which my sister, friends, and I recorded at the 2018 Sacred Music Symposium.  Isn't it beautiful?  

I am enjoying... Summer.  I wouldn't say my summer is slow right now, but my mom and I just got back from a whirlwind weekend and my sister got back from a 10-day trip, so now the family is all back together and we are relaxing.  Well, sort of.  Life still keeps us busy.

I am writing... A blog post on Vocation Mythbusters for my other blog.  I am also working on a few different stories for fun.

United We Stand - "When you start looking at people's hearts instead of their faces, life becomes clearer."  This is a truth learned and lived by a group of acquaintances who become intimate friends united by their "differences".  Join Brooke, Caroline, Blaise, Cole, Aileen, May, and Pearce as they discover as a whole, they are more than the sum of their parts.
I am contemplating... One of the chapters in Jesus, King of Love on Humility.  I just read the first page in meditation on Monday, but I can't stop thinking about it.  I will have a blog post on that topic shortly as well.

I am doing... I tutored two students in Latin this morning at the library.  Then, this afternoon, my family and I met up with great friends from MT for yummy Mediterranean food finished off by scrumptious Baklava ice cream!  😮😋

All in all, this summer is going very well.  And although life can get busy, or hard, or sad, we must always keep our eyes fixed on Jesus in Heaven.  Our goal is to get there.  I hope all that I do will help me and the souls around me get to Heaven.

What have you been up to this summer?  God bless you and keep you!!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Party Like TLoaH is Ending

Wait... what does that title say?! Party??  Like The Life of a Homeschooler is... ending?!?!  Yes, you read that correctly.  I'm not exactly sure how else to say it.  "Partying is such sweet sorrow"??

This is my 150th post here at TLoaH!!!  So we are going to celebrate!!

I love celebrating with Newsies.  😍  

Alright!!  Listen up!  I'm going to make a really sappy speech, but I'll try to keep it short.

I'm so thankful and blessed that God has let me share my homeschooling, life adventures, and thoughts with you all here.  Each and every one of you have played a great part in this blog and my life.  4 years. 33 followers.  150 posts.  It has been amazing and I'm so glad I started this blog and stuck with it.  I've loved writing and designing this special little corner.  I've loved getting to know you wonderful friends.  Thank you for being here and for your support.

Now it's been just about a year since I graduated high school,  but this blog is named The Life of a Homeschooler.  That title isn't quite correct anymore, now is it?  So, after careful prayer, deliberation, and thought, I have decided that TLoaH has served it's purpose very well.  But now, it is time to move on to new and exciting things.  I will continue blogging at my recently created blog, His Voice is Sweet.  I also just became a contributor over at Maidens for Mary.  Please go check it out!

But I'm not quite done yet!  I have 24 posts in my drafts so I plan on finishing and releasing them all.

Crutchie is me posting my posts. Throw them way up there! Ya!
Finally, to celebrate the legacy mission of The Life of a Homeschooler, I want to celebrate this anniversary with an "Ask me Anything (about homeschooling)" post!  So, ask me any questions you have about homeschooling (or this blog) in the comments below!!  I can't wait!

Thank you all for being such wonderful friends and faithful followers.  Stay tuned in the weeks to come for the rest of my posts and finally the answers to my questions!!

Love you!