Tuesday, December 15, 2015

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

I look around in awe and wonder at this new site!  The Christmas magic on my blog is too much too bear.  Thank you Jacquie!!!  She is such an awesome blog designer.  What do you think?

God bless!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Happy November!!! {And What I Wore Sunday!}


Hello!!!  It's fall!!!!!!!  And that means, All Saints' Day, lots of tea, blankets, hoodie sweatshirts, the beginning of Advent, and pumpkin flavored everything!  Not to mention, THANKSGIVING!!!!

So, since I have a lot of school work, I wasn't able to post at all. I have decided to wrap up this wonderful month in just about one post.  
(I know crazy!)  

Ok, so November started off with the feast of All Saints!!!  

But anyway, I wanted to share with you my All Saints' Day costume!!
I dressed up as St. Mariam of Jesus Crucified, a newly canonized Carmelite Saint. Here's a little more about her.  :D



Happy Thanksgiving!!! What are you thankful for?  What are some family traditions you have?  I had such a great time filled with family, friends, God, and food. ;)  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!


And finally, today is the first Sunday in advent!!!  We are preparing our hearts and homes for the coming of Jesus at Christmas and his second coming.

For What I Wore Sunday...


The sweater, shirt and skirt, are from Down East.  :)

I love this outfit! The shirt is very soft and comfy, the skirt lays well and the sweater has a fun flower see-through pattern on the back and shoulders.


God bless!!! <3 I hope you all had a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving and Sunday!! <3

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Homeschooler of the Month: October


Hello lovely peeps!

This month, our Homeschooler of the Month is a wonderful friend, homeschooler, and Christian.  She has a blog, http://majesticadventures.wordpress.com, so please go check it out!!!! She posts funny stories, great music and all kinds of fun gems. Thank you so much Em for answering my questions! <3
So without further ado....

1) Introduce yourself!  Your name and age (if you don't mind) When did you start homeschooling?  What are some of your life aspirations?
Hello hello hello! My name is Emma: writer, bookworm, music-listener, movie-quoter and God’s peculiar treasure. Greetings! I’ve been homeschooled most of my life, and whenever people ask me if I want to go back to public school, I gotta say, nope! This chick and homeschooling definitely go hand in hand, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. :D 
As far as life aspirations…I want to travel. The world is so beautiful and there’s so many adventures just waiting to happen! And I love a good adventure. 

2) What curriculum do you use?  What is your favorite subject or part of
 school?
I don’t use a one particular curriculum for every single subject; I use a variety of different kinds. Life of Fred for math and Writing Strands for writing are two, for example. And I really enjoy both of those. 
My favorite part of school…well, I really like writing. (Writing is so much fun.) And this year I’m enjoying math. (Score!) I like learning a different language, so there’s that. Oh, oh, and chemistry! I like doing the experiments. …wait. I think I just named off pretty much all my subjects. Well, there, I guess there’s your answer. I’m basically enjoying everything about school this year. 

 3) What do you do for fun when you're not homeschooling?
So many things, oh where do I begin! I have a great many interests besides schooling. In fact, there are many things I would rather be doing other than school (thus the reason I have the motto of “Get up and get it done”) but that is beside the point. 
As I mentioned before I love a good adventure. An adventure, for me, can be pretty much anything. It can be getting lost in the woods or trying a new recipe for cookies that didn’t turn out right. Or it could be almost running into a tree on your bike. (I did this once because I turned too sharply for the speed I was going and headed straight for a tree. I opted for hitting my handlebars on the telephone pole guide wire instead, and walked away unscathed and a much wiser cyclist.) 
Anyways, I very much enjoy anything outdoors and anything active, as well as baking, writing, reading and photography. 

 4) What kind of books do you read for fun? What book character do you most
 relate to?
Is there any other type of reading than fun reading? Actually, yes, I will answer my own question and say yes. Some books are just very hard to get through. But I don’t read those, I read the fun books, like The Christy Miller Series by Robin Jones Gunn. There are 12+ books about Christy as she goes through life’s challenges of growing up and grows stronger in her relationship with God. It’s my favorite series. ROBIN WRITES AMAZINGLY. But I like reading books like those. :D 
Arghhh. This is so hard. I think I would have to identify with Christy the most. (Who is Christy you ask? See above paragraph.) I don’t know why—I just do! She’s relatable. 


 5) What is your plan for after high school?  Is college part of your plan?
 If so, what college(s)?
My plan. Hm. Well, isn’t this a good question. I will come back and answer it when I’ve figured it out myself.


 6) What is one thing you'd like to do when you're grown up? (serious or
 fun)
My friend and I are going to live in a house made of moose tracks ice cream and jump on a Jell-O trampoline. 

 
7) Do you get any interesting questions when you tell people you're
 homeschooled?  What are some?
Sometimes! People ask about my friends…do I see them often? Yup, I still got my friends! :D I’m a social butterfly. But our homeschool is actually named. We named it because we got sick of answering all the questions that come along with saying “I’m homeschooled.” I recommend this if you get tired of explaining why you’re not in school to grocery store clerks. It works wonders.


 8) Who is your favorite role model?
I’ve never thought about this before, really. And I really don’t know how to answer this question. There are plenty of people that I admire and look up to, like my parents. But I mean, ultimately, Jesus is my absolutely toppity-top favorite role model. I’d rather not be like other Christians; I’d rather be more like Christ. :) 


9) What is the most memorable thing about homeschooling?  Do you have any
 funny stories about homeschooling?
One day there was a beautiful, juicy watermelon in our fridge. It was begging to be eaten. Eat me! Eat me! Okay, well, it wasn’t actually saying eat me. That would be weird. But it was perfect. (This all has something to do with homeschooling, I promise) At the time we were also reading this really terrific book, The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. It was also a really beautiful day.
So we decided what better day to skip those horrifying math problems and scientific lingo than today? The watermelon needed to be eaten up anyways, and the book wasn’t going to read itself. Might as well! We sat in lawn chairs, moving to keep in the sun’s warm rays and read and ate watermelon.  
It’s one of my fondest memories of homeschooling. 


 10) What is your favorite Bible verse? Do you have a favorite quote?
My favorite Bible verse changes a lot, depending on what I’m going through at the time. I’m not sure I have a favorite right now…I have a lot of verses that I really like. I will share a couple. 
2 Timothy 1:7 ~ For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. 
Isaiah 40:8 ~ The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.




 

















11) Do you have any advice for beginning homeschoolers or people
 considering homeschooling? (from a student's perspective)
IT CAN BE FUN. 
THANK YOU to Sarah for asking me to be Homeschooler of the Month. It’s been fun to answer these questions—hopefully it was fun for you to read them! :D  I hope you have a wonderful rest of your day. Jesus loves you! Emma xo


Thank you, Emma!!!  I'm so glad you could do this!  You're answers are great.  May God bless you!  

Don't forget to go check out Emma's blog here!  If you have any questions for Emma, please do comment below, or go to her blog!!!!


God bless! <3

Friday, October 9, 2015

What??? I'm in 11th grade?

I can't believe it!  I've been doing school for a little over 4 weeks, and I haven't even posted about it yet, AND THIS IS THE LIFE OF A HOMSCHOOLER! :O

Anyway... :)

I'm now in 11th grade, crazy, I'm a junior!

My courses are:
Algebra II
Bible Study
Biology
Henle Latin II
Medieval European and Spanish History

I am really liking all of my subjects this year and I'm staying up to date, which is AMAZING!  I think my hardest subject is Biology.  My favorite subject is Latin.  Algebra II is good and challenging.  For history I've been reading stories like Beowulf, The Ballad of the White Horse, and Murder in the Cathedral.  They are interesting, but their stories are told in a round about sort of way.  You then have to answer questions that help you "pull" the real meaning out of it.  That's a little hard for me, but I'm hoping it will train me well for TAC.

Hopefully, if my school schedule allows and if you all would like, I can do a more in depth look into each of my subjects.

Anyway, my life otherwise has been filled with school, schola, school, friends, longing for summer and the TAC High School Great Books Program, and trying to finish one of my 9 blog post drafts. 

And since I'm growing up, I thought this video would be fun and truthful for both guys and girls.
Enjoy!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy Feast Day of St. Therese! {And Giveaway!}


Happy feast day, St. Therese of the Child Jesus!

Today is the feast day of my favorite Saint!  She is such an example of heavenly aspiration.  She tried to attain Heaven through little things, thus creating her Little Way. 
Follow Sarah B.'s board St. Therese on Pinterest.
Here's my Pinterest board dedicated to this beautiful Saint!



Excerpt taken from Carmelite Spirituality in the Teresian Tradition By Paul-Marie of the Cross, O.C.D. Translated by Kathryn Sullivan, R.C.S.J.
Statue of St. Therese in the gardens of the Carmelite Sisters
 Motherhouse and Sacred Heart Retreat House, Alhambra, CA
“Those who concentrate on the life and doctrine of this child of Carmel who died at the age of twenty-four are seized with wonder and admiration. They discover, in fact, that her contribution to spirituality is as original as it is profoundly traditional. They also discover that hidden under the Gospel-like simplicity of her message of ‘the little way of childhood’ is a spiritual structure both strong and perfectly balanced from the theological point of view. Her life of love of the absolute and of absolute love is of rare depth and fullness. It was a combination of certain interrelated spiritual principles and constitutes a true doctrine: this is ‘the little way of childhood’. This doctrine is derived from a rediscovery of the central teaching of the Gospel, which may be expressed in this sentence: We are, in Christ, God’s children, and we ought to love our Father in heaven with a filial liove full of confidence and abandonment.
St. Therese had very great desires, yet she would never admit that she was a great soul or that she had the strength necessary to do great things, like the saints who had been proposed to her as models. So she had to find a way in keeping with this littleness of which she was so deeply conscious. More than this: she sought a way that depended on this very weakness. Had not the Apostle said: ‘When I am weak then I am strong’…Confidence in God led St. Therese by paths of self-forgetfulness and poverty of spirit, to a wonderful simplification of the spiritual life. As she made spiritual childhood her own, so she made poverty of spirit her own. She aspired to be nothing more than ‘a poor little child’ who looks to her Father for everything and who obtains everything from Him because of this same poverty.
When we look at the life of St. Therese of the Child Jesus we are struck by its simplicity and wonderful transperancy. We are amazed to discover through her not only the purest Gospel teaching but Christ Himself. We also notice that the unity of her spiritual life, and death are of a price, yield the same tone, and are proof of an equal plenitude. Like her Master, Therese is true, and also like Him, her person and her message are one.

St. Therese, Pray for us!

+Pray to Jesus for us!+



It's not too late to enter this beautiful St. Therese giveaway at Shower of Roses!


Tuesday, September 22, 2015

What I Wore Sunday: Sept. 20


It's that time again!  Sorry I haven't done this in a while.  I just got a new outfit for my birthday!
                                                                                 

The tank, shirt, and sweater are from Down East. :D 
 I got the skirt at Savers, but it's from Dress Barn.

I really do love Down East!  I'm sorry the post is kind of late. 

Have a blessed day! <3

Monday, September 14, 2015

Homeschooler of the Month: September



Hello all!

I'm so so so sooooo sorry I didn't have a homeschooler of the month for August.  That was THE busiest time of the summer with our trip, my birthday and birthday party, and starting school again. :O

Anyway....

This month I asked a friend of mine to be the Homeschooler of the Month!  Thank you so much Franco for accepting! :D

1) Introduce yourself!  Your name and age (if you don't mind)  When did 
you start homeschooling?  What are some of your life aspirations? 

Here is the fantastic heart pumping tale of one who..........well....one. My name is Franco.  I am at the rightful old age of 17.  As a child, I went to school. Amazing, I know! So rare these days. I was         homeschooled from kindergarten till now, 12th grade. It's been great so far!
As a little boy, I had many interests. The two biggest being music and mechanical technologies. Those have been my main aspirations.


2) What curriculum do you use?  What is your favorite subject or part of 
 school? 

Since I was in kindergarten I have used the same school curriculum, Mother of  Divine Grace (MODG). My favorite subject has always been mathematics. It's sorta been my forte throughout my school years. 
 
 3) What do you do for fun when you're not homeschooling? 

I have many things I enjoy outside of school. My hobbies consist of riding motorcycles, music, Tae 
Kwon Do, and just chilling with friends when I have the chance.   

 4) What kind of books do you read for fun? What book character do you most 
 relate to? 

When I read a book, I like to read action or deep writings from the saints. Both are my favorite kind. 
I cannot think of any particular character I can specifically relate too though. It would really depend
 on the book and the characters. 

 5) What is your plan for after high school?  Is college part of your plan? 
 If so, what college(s)? 
 
After high school, I would like to go to college and attend the University of Nebraska Lincoln. While there I want to major in Mechanical Tech and minor in music. I'm excited as the time for college quickly approaches. 
 6) What is one thing you'd like to do when you're grown up? (serious or 
 fun) 

When I am older, I really very much want to go skydiving. I've always wanted too. On a more serious note, I would like to build robots. Build drones, new weapons, and even robot prosthetic limbs for 
wounded soldiers. That has been a more recent dream of mine.
 
 7) Do you get any interesting questions when you tell people you're 
 homeschooled?  What are some? 

When people find out that I am homeschooled, the most common (and probably all time classic) question is if I have any friends. Truth! =p The second most common question is how homeschooling works over all, the very basics of how it works and why I like it. This I think is the most common among all homeschoolers.
 
 8) Who is your favorite Saint? 

 My favorite Saints are St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Pio. They are also my confirmation saints. Both of them inspire me and act as good saintly role models to live by. 

 
9) What is the most memorable thing about homeschooling?  Do you have any 
 funny stories about homeschooling? 

I've always liked homeschooling. My favorite memory of being homeschooled is.....actually, I don't think I really have a favorite memory. Overall it's been a good deal for me. I've learned a lot and met some really cool people over my homeschooling years. It's been a good experience and wouldn't trade it. 
 
 10) What is your favorite bible verse? Do you have a favorite quote? 

As far as quotes, have two that are my favorites. The first is by none other than St. Padre Pio himself. I believe it goes like this, "Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will 
hear your prayer. Prayer is the best weapon we have. It is the key to God's heart. Walk cheerfully and with a sincere and open heart as long as you live." The second best quote that I can remember is from Bruce Lee, the famed martial artist. "A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool 
can learn from a wise answer." Both these quotes have offered me wisdom and guidance. I hope that 
for whoever reads them, it will do the same. 


 11) Do you have any advice for beginning homeschoolers or people 
 considering homeschooling? (from a student's perspective)

Alas, I have no specific advice to anyone starting homeschooling. All I can offer is the best of luck. Homeschooling is a great and wonderful thing. It opens up a whole new academic world and allows you to meet a bunch of new people in your area or (in my case) around the world.




Thank you so much Franco for answering my questions!  Do any of you all have some questions you'd like to ask homeschoolers?  I'd love if you would comment them!

Thanks so much for reading!  God bless!

PS.  This is for you, Franco.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

I am 16, going on 17...



“You know something Diana? We are rich. We have sixteen years to our credit and we both have wonderful imaginations. We should be as happy as queens. Look at that, you couldn’t enjoy its loveliness anymore if you had ropes of diamonds.” – Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables)

Yes!  I have finally reached that awaited age, sweet 16!  It seemed so far off only a year ago.  But I rang in this new year of life with a trip full of many blessings and fun!  



A trip to beautiful Montana!  I've never been there before, so it was a long list of firsts!

We got to see the Missouri River
Went to an old fashioned Catholic Gift Shop/ Drug Store/ Soda Fountain!!!!!
(I got a Chocolate Soda! Delicious!)

Then, every day there was Solemn High Mass with beautiful Gregorian Chant!

Look at all those Priests!!!!! <3
(That's not even all of them! There were 17 total!)
On Wednesday, we began a 40 hour Eucharistic Devotion to Our Lord!  Jesus was present and exposed in the monstrance for 40 hours straight to commemorate the 40 hours he spent in the tomb.



It began with a beautiful procession while we sang beautiful hymns!  The bishop of Great Falls was even there!

There were over 125 candles on the altar for the full 40hrs.  It was definitely a beautiful site that was beyond words.

~O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, All Praise and all Thanksgiving be every moment Thine!~
It was truly a wonderful week with Mass, great talks by the priests, and Benediction! (A blessing of the Eucharist.)

Here are the links to the talks!  They are so full of knowledge and thought provoking words.







Thank you so much to all the priests who attended, celebrated Mass, gave the talks, and were such a powerful witness of the love of Jesus Christ.  This experience has changed me in a most special way!
I was so sad to leave such a holy presence, and I will forever remember this wonderful time with Jesus.


On Saturday we began the drive home.  We first stopped in Helena, Montana and visited the most glorious Cathedral of St. Helena there!
St. Thomas Aquinas just outside the door. :)
Then, you walk in...

Amazing!!!!!! I was blown away at the sight of it.  It looked like the cathedral out of the book, The Boy Knight of Reims.  When I walked in it said to me, "This is the kind of church the Saints prayed in."



Jesus and Joseph the carpenters.
There were stained glass windows everywhere you looked!  They had such detail and attention to beauty.  Even the little windows above the huge ones had intricate detail and meaning.
The other day durring the conference was the feast of St. Helena, so it was a great privilege to visit her cathedral after just hearing the story of her finding the Cross of Jesus, and how her son, Emperor Constantine, conquered in the Sign of the Cross.



The Altar was truly magnificent.


The 8th Station of the Cross, Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.

~Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore, that I may ever love Thee more and more!~

And it just so happened that there was a beautiful large statue of St. Anthony of Padua, whom I have a special relationship with!


Also, just outside of Butte, Montana, there is a beautiful 90ft tall statue of Our Lady of the Mountains.  She is lit up at night really pretty as she looks out on the Continental Divide.

I wanted to thank our friends who so graciously welcomed us into their home!  Also, thank you to Fr. Ryan, Fr. Mark, Fr. Christopher, and all the other priests who truly blessed me with such a wonderful conference.  You are all in my prayers!
May God reward you!

So, on my birthday, we were on our second day of driving home.  It was a most enjoyable day!

When we arrived home, I found some very special surprises!
The plays of St. Therese of Lisieux that she wrote herself!

And my very own "Anne Girl".  :)


I also received the sweetest package of chocolates in the mail from a school friend!


And finally, I figured I must since I've waited for this day...

I am 16 going on 17
I know that I'm naive
Fellows I meet may tell me I'm sweet
And willingly I believe


I am 16 going on 17 innocent as a rose
Bachelor dandies
Drinkers of brandies
What do I know of those?



Totally unprepared am I
To face a world of men
Timid and shy and scared am I
Of things beyond my ken


I need someone
Older and wiser
Telling me what to do....





Skip the drama, stay with mama, Mother knows best!!!

XD

(Sorry, I just had to!)




And of course, as I search for ideas for my Sweet 16, I find this delectable looking cake!  
It looks so Anne inspired!

I hope you have all enjoyed my random ramblings!

<3 God bless! <3