Monday, June 22, 2015

I'm giving away some great books!!!

Hello wonderful readers!

I'm sure you are ready to win some books!  There are a few rules.

  1. I can't ship outside of the US.
  2. Enter below!
  3. Share this giveaway!  (That's actually suggested. ;) )
Ready?  Here are the books up for grabs!

Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Our family has a second copy and I have read some of the devotions. They are pretty good from what I have read, but it's not Catholic.

Fireside Catholic Youth Bible

I absolutely love this bible!  I have my own copy, but this is a completely new one still in the plastic wrapper!   It is paperback, and if you use your bible as much as I do, the glue binding may dry out and some of the pages can come out, but I just stick them back in. :)  
There are small colored inserts with virtues, stories, and the lives of the Saints as well which I LOVE!

  Madeline Takes Command by Ethel C. Brill

I love this book.  I read it for 9th grade history.  Madeline lives in a fort in Canada during the french Indian War.  It's an easy read, but very exciting.  :)  The book is in 'like new' condition.

The Life of Christ by Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen

This book is on my 'to read' list. Again, we were blessed with two copies!  :D 
 I absolutely love Ven. Fulton Sheen, especially his TV show. :)
The book is in new condition.

Ok, so do you see the 'Contact Me' box, widget, thingy on the side of my blog?  To enter, 

  1. fill it out and give me your top two book choices
  2. comment below and tell me what some of your favorite books are! ;)

Yes, it's that simple!  Have fun and remember to enter the other giveaways in this supercalifragelistic giveaway!

God bless!

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Homeschooler of the Month: June

Hi everyone!
Sorry this post is so late this month.  I have been super busy!  Where does the time go?  Anyway,  Alan Baer, a friend of mine from Mother of Divine Grace, volunteered last minute to be the next HotM!

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

 My name is Alan Baer, and I am 16 years old. I started homeschooling in the 2004-2005 school year, and I have just finished 10th Grade. I hope to be a teacher, whether of math or philosophy. 

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

 I use Mother of Divine Grace School for education. My favorite subject would either be Ancient History or Math.

3) What do you do for fun when you're not homeschooling? 
 For fun I will use the MODG Proboards site, along with Legio Christi, another Proboards site. I will also read, play airsoft, and hang out with friends.

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

I generally read fiction and historical fiction. I’m not sure what book character I would relate to, but possibly Sir Piers Rudde from Louis de Wohl’s The Quiet Light

5) What is your plan for after high school?  Is college part of your plan? 
If so, what college(s)?

 I hope to pursue my education as far as I can. I might also join the military. I would like to major in history or math. I would like to attend college, either TAC or another college from MODG’s recommended list. 

6) What is one thing you'd like to do when you're grown up? (serious or 

 Probably go skydiving, although there are many fun and awesome things that I would like to do. Possibly also go to the Holy Land. 

7) Do you get any interesting questions when you tell people you're 
homeschooled?  What are some?

 Generally people ask me “When do you do homework?” “Do you have social education?” “Are you Catholic or something?” “Do you really have all your schoolbooks at your house?” 

8) Who is your favorite Saint?

 Probably St. Thomas Aquinas or St. Catherine of Sienna. 

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

 I think the most memorable moment for me would be when history ‘clicked’. I had been seeing it as a timeline of dates, and it was boring, but as I saw more and more people and events contemporary to each other, more and more of the picture fell into place and all of a sudden, history was very very fun. 

10) What is your favorite bible verse? Do you have a favorite quote?

 My favorite Bible verse would probably be Luke 5:8 : “When Simon Peter saw this, he fell at the knees of Jesus and said, Depart from me, Lord, for I am a sinful man.’ ”

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

Any advice that I would have would be: ‘Have fun with your schoolwork. If you feel like something isn’t fun, make it fun, and it will be much easier.’

Thank you so much Alan for stepping up last minute!  I loved your answers!
Do you have any questions for Alan or I?  Please comment below!
God bless!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The Great Book Giveaway Bonanza!!!!

Hey! check it out!  Free book giveaways!  No kidding!  Hamlette from The Edge of the Precipice is hosting the biggest book giveaway EVER!  She's raffling off 20 books, just on her own!  You can also join the link-up and giveaway a book (or books) or just enter to win some great summer reading.  (Or anytime reading)

Here is the link to her giveaway and here is the list of other bloggers giving away!

Here is another one of the wonderful ladies giving away some great classic books!!! Thank you Lois!

Sorry I haven't gotten the Life of a Homeschooler out yet.  I promise it will come soon!!!

God bless!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Please Support Students for Life at WCTA

Hi everyone,
I wanted to share this e-mail with you all real quickly.  Please send your support for Angelique to this Pro-Life student's principal.  Have a good Monday! :)

Angelique has been trying to start her Students for Life club since last December and has been getting significant pushback from her school administration at West Career and Technical Academy (WCTA) in Las Vegas.

After submitting all of the necessary paperwork and recruiting more than enough club members, Angelique's vice principal, Mr. Allen Lee, told her that abortion is too controversial, which is a typical response we hear from administrators. 

(By the way, the school has a Gay-Straight Alliance club…but apparently that isn’t controversial!)

But here’s what he told her that really put me over the edge ---

Mr. Lee told Angelique that there are “far more qualified” people to talk about abortion than a 16-year-old high school sophomore!!

Not only is Angelique articulate and razor smart but she is passionately pro-life, having researched abortion all on her own and come to the conclusion that it is truly the greatest human rights violation of our time.

It is this generation that has grown up with the technology to see inside the womb, to know that a baby is growing inside his or her mother and has every right to life as anyone else. They know that abortion ends that life. They have seen their brothers and sisters before they were even born. In addition, it’s this generation who is directly targeted by Planned Parenthood and the abortion industry for business!

I can’t think of a more qualified generation to talk about abortion than this one!

So last week, with the help of our attorneys at the Thomas More Society, we sent a demand letter to the principal at WCTA, Amy Dockter-Rozar, and to the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, reminding them of Angelique’s free speech rights and demanding that they approve her club immediately, before the end of the school year, which is next week.

Today, I’m on a huge time crunch and need your help! We need to get Angelique’s club approved ASAP, so she can start helping pregnant students in crisis and educating her peers on abortion right away and can host events right at the beginning of next school year.

Can you send a brief email to Principal Amy Dockter-Rozar to tell her to approve the Students for Life club now?

Angelique and her fellow pro-life students have not only been censored and discriminated against but are being unfairly belittled for being pro-life. 

Go here to send your message now:

Thank you and we will keep you updated on any developments in Angelique’s case!

For Life,

Kristan Hawkins

President, Students for Life

PS: This is the THIRD demand letter this semester that we have sent on behalf of pro-life high school students trying to get their Students for Life clubs started. Please send a message to Angelique’s principal this morning and forward this message on to your pro-life friends and family!

Students for Life of America
9900 Courthouse Road
Spotsylvania, Virginia 22553
Office: 540.834.4600

God bless,

Sunday, June 7, 2015

A Still, Small Voice...

St. Therese and the Holy Family (one of my favorite paintings) 

Hello everyone,

Last evening I went to pay Jesus a visit at the chapel.   I have really been wondering just exactly what crazy plan God has for me.  I'm kind of trying to give Him the little *nudge nudge*  *elbow elbow* in the direction of an actress, if you take my meaning.  I've been praying recently, "God, Your will be done, and could you please highly consider my plans? NOW?!"

When I talk to people I expect a definite answer to my questions and queries.  With God, I expect the same.  I think of the Saints who had conversations with Him such as St. Margret Mary or St. Faustina.  They asked him their questions, and in His voice, He answered.  Sometimes I wish He would answer me like that, to hear His mighty, powerful voice answer me definitely, "Yes." or "No."  I am trying to remind myself all of the time, "He has an answer, He knows what He's doing."
 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you." 
(Jeremiah 1:5)

I was also reading The Spirit of Carmel publication of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most sacred Heart of Los Angeles.  There is a two page story written by Sr. Gloria Therese, O.C.D who is celebrating her Silver Jubilee.  She writes, "I had told Him, "God you are the center of my life."  In the same breath, I was in essence saying, "these are my plans and You can fulfill them for me."" (Spirit of Carmel Spring 2015 Pg. 35)  This reminded me that I have told Jesus I hand my life over to Him, but every day I'm constantly thinking about what I'm going to be and what I'm going to do with my life.

The other day, my mom and I were talking in the car about letting Jesus guide the future of my teeth.  I have 10 adult teeth missing that never formed under my baby teeth.  She is praying that my wisdom teeth would form so I would have 4 extra teeth.  But we reminded ourselves that we want what God wants but that doesn't mean saying, "Please give me extra teeth!"  it means saying, "Show us what you want for me."

Again on Wednesday,  I was really thinking about my future.   Does He want me to be a sister? a mom? an actress spreading His word?  What?!  I can't stand the suspense!  So here's where we get to the part about the title of this blog post and to adoration.  I was praying, "God, do what you want with me.  I only want what You want."  He says, "Don't worry."  but it isn't with a voice, it's just that stillness.  He has also given me a greater longing to be closer to Him sharing him with as many people as possible.  We'll see which way He does that with me.

So, you're probably wondering what the point of this blog post was.  (If you made it this far...)  I wanted to encourage you (and myself) that God has His plan for me, but remember, He won't come in with fire and brimstone, He has a still, small voice.

I had wanted to share the song by the Carmelite Sisters that helps me remember this, but I can't seem to find it in a shareable format.  Oh well...

Anyway, I hope you have gained something from my short ramblings of faith.  May God bless you through your spiritual journey to adulthood and may He guide you to your vocation. :)  I'll be praying for you and I hope you'll pray for me!

Thank you!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

10 Favorite Screen Characters Tag

Hello everyone!

I have once again been tagged by the wonderful ChloeAll you have to do is list your ten favorite movie/tv characters, expound on them, and then tag ten bloggers.  I probably won't do them in order from most favorite to least because I just dearly love them all.  So I am following in the example of Chloe and Emma and only listing 10 of my favorite screen characters. 

Here goes nothing!

  1. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables played by Megan Follows:
Anne is such a beautiful character, very complex and full of emotions.  She is a normal girl not fantasized, but always getting into scrapes.  She is both bold and courageous, but also loving and tender.

          2.   Don Lockwood from Singing in the Rain played by Gene Kelly:
Don is a sweet, charming, and comical character.  I love his friendship with Cosmo and Kathy.  He is also an awesome actor and dancer!!!  If I become a professional actress, I want to be as involved in my roles as he was, on screen and off screen.

             3.  Lucy Pevensie from The Chronicles of Narnia played by Georgie Henley
Lucy is a sweet character full of love and smiles.  She has such a child like faith in Aslan. She truly does deserve the title "Lucy the Valiant".

              4.  Greg Wiggle from The Wiggles played by Greg Page

He was the lead singer of The Wiggles band who also filmed many movies and TV shows.  He was the greatest with kids and a very sweet and thoughtful person.  He also has a wonderful voice!

              5.  Giselle from Enchanted played by Amy Adams
She is such a sweet, innocent princess come to modern New York who changes people's lives forever. She loves even the smallest or insignificant creatures.  She also has a beautiful voice.  I love singing her songs.

               6.  Kili from The Hobbit played by Aiden Turner
(I couldn't just pick one picture...)
The sweet, lovable dwarf.  He is such a sweetheart.  :) You know what I mean... ;) <3

              7.  Gilbert Blythe from Anne of Green Gables played by Jonathan Crombie
The sweetest sweetheart in the world.  He waited for his girl until she realized he was her "dashing young man".  He teased her but still respected her.  He also makes the greatest apologies. :)

               8.  Christine from I Remember Mamma played by Peggy McIntire
Christine is a very sweet girl growing up in San Francisco.  I like her because she is relatable in that she has squabbles with her siblings, is afraid of her "Uncle Chris", an old, sweet, but intimidating great uncle, and wants to write but doesn't know what to write about, until her mamma gives her an idea.

                9.  Produce from where hope grows played by David Desanctis
He is the sweetest friend to all he meets and brings a smile to everyone's lives. I love his innocence and smile.  

               10.  Jesus from Jesus of Nazareth played by Robert Powell
I cannot explain him.  Just watch the mini-series.

Thank you so much Chloe for this wonderful opportunity!  I had such fun!

Now for the next peeps who get to take on this tag!

  Have fun!  

God bless you all! :D  Until next time!