Sunday, January 15, 2017

Living Like a Saint~ Saint John Bosco


"Without confidence and love, there can be no true education. If you want to be loved, you must love yourselves, and make your children feel that you love them."

~ Saint John Bosco

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Our Patron Saint of the Year


Saint Catherine of Genoa


"Our self-will is so subtle and so deeply rooted within us, so covered with excuses and defended by false reasoning that it seems a devil.
When we cannot do our own will in any way, we do it in another, under all kind of pretexts of charity, of necessity, of justice....
from the example of others, or of pleasing someone who is trying to oblige us."

~ Saint Catherine of Genoa


This year, I was granted the name of Saint Catherine of Genoa from the saint name generator. This is the 4th year I've used this wonderful tool to find a patron saint for the year. I've enjoy learning about the saints I have been given and praying for their guidance and intercession. 

I have to admit I had never heard of Saint Catherine of Genoa. I knew plenty of other Saint Catherines but not this one.
So who was this Saint and why was she chosen to be a saint?

Saint Catherine of Genoa was born in Genoa during the year 1447. She was the daughter of nobles. She was the youngest daughter of five children. At an early age, Catherine was very religious. Prayerful and pious, she felt called to the religious life very early in life. At the age of thirteen she tried to enter the convent. Because of her young age, she was turned away. 



At the age of 16, she entered into an arranged marriage with a Genoese noble man, Giuliani Adorno. Unfortunately, he was not a success as a husband. He failed at being a good husband and a good provider. They fell into bankruptcy. He was mean, violent, cruel, and unfaithful to Catherine. The couple was unable to have children leaving Catherine childless. This difficult marriage and life lead Catherine to fall away from her faith and into a deep depression. 

After a few years, Catherine turned to prayer. She prayed for an end to this depression and return to her old self. God heard her prayers! One day she decided to head to the convent where her sister lived to say confession. When she knelt down to confess her sins, a Divine light pierced her soul! The vision showed her revelation of God's love and her own sinfulness. She fell into religious ecstasy. She focused on penance and prayed for the poor souls in purgatory. She was deeply affected by the souls in purgatory and often felt their deep pains in our own soul. 

For the rest of her life, Catherine was devoted to God. She returned home to her husband and helped lead him to the faith. She never gave up. Catherine was able to convert Giuliani before his death in 1497.  Catherine went on to help the poor, homeless, and sick. Worn out from her labors, both body and soul, she passed away on September 15, 1510. She was beatified by Pope Clement X on April 6, 1675, but was not canonized until June 16, 1737 by Pope Clement XII.

Saint Catherine of Genoa is the patron saint for brides, childless couples, difficult marriages, victims of adultery, victims of unfaithfulness, and widows. She is also known as the Apostle of Purgatory.


Want to find out your patron saint for the new year?


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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Blogging Through the Alphabet


I wanted to share with you all this fun new blog hop.
I am joining the  Blogging Through the Alphabet blog hop with fellow bloggers from the Homeschool Review Crew. Annette from A Net in Time and Amanda from Hopkins Homeschool are co-hosting this blogging adventure. It's sounds like it will fun, but educational too.

What is Blogging Through the Alphabet?

So each week for 26 weeks, a letter of the alphabet is done. Everyone who is joining in will blog about that particular letter. So for example the first letter of the alphabet is A, everyone would write a post about something that starts with A. For example.....Acorns, Antarctica, Accessories, Acting, Airplanes, Astronauts, Apples, Apostles, etc. It's fairly simple. Pick something you want to write about but the only rule it has to begin with the letter of the week. After A, it will move on to B, after B it will move on to C and so on until the letter Z is reached. 

Random thoughts or topics can be picked or a series can be done. Countries, foods, animals, crafts, etc. Annette suggested people from the Bible and field trip ideas. I thought both these ideas were fantastic.


So if this is something that sounds like fun and you want to join, they loved to have you!
Letter A ready on Tuesday January 17, 2017. The following letters will be on the following Tuesdays.
I hope you join in!


Here are the rules:

1. Linking time is Tuesday to Saturday
2.Family friendly post on a variety of topics (if unsure just ask Annette or Amanda)
3. If it isn't family friendly it will be removed
4.Linking back to A Net in Time or Hopkins Homeschool would be great. You can find the blog button over at A Net in Time.
5. For a hashtag, you can use #abcblogging
6. Visiting other pages and commenting is always a great way to get to know people and it' always fun to stop in and say HI!
7. Have Fun!

If you still have question or just want to know more be sure to stop in and see Annette and Amanda. They have all the info since they are co-hosting this fun blog hop!


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Friday, January 6, 2017

Homeschool Crew Review~ The Beginners Bible from Zonderkidz



As a Catholic mom, it was very important to me to introduce my children to the Bible and their Catholic faith early on. Over the years, we have owned many first Bibles. Today, I am thrilled to share with you The Beginner's Bible from Zonderkidz.


The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}
Zonderkidz is a part of the Christian company, Zondervan. Zonderkidz focuses on materials for children ages 12 and under. Zondervan is a world leader of the NIV Bible, Christian books, educational resources, religious curriculum, and digital products. The company has materials sold in over 60 countries and in 200 different languages.
The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

For this review, we received The Beginner's Bible.  The Bible is hardback and costs $16.99. My kids are too old for this Bible. Somehow, they have continued to grow bigger and bigger. We do have an older copy of this bible from when my children were wee little ones. We used to read it daily and we often took it to Mass to help them sit still. It is now packed away for when they have little ones of their own. 

The Beginner's Bible is geared for children ages 6 and under according to their website. I would say the book is great for kids ages 10 and under, depending on your child's reading abilities. Older children can easily read the book by themselves, while younger ones would need help reading it. I love how on the first page there is a spot for who the book belongs to and a line that says "Will you please read to me? Thank you" Little children love to be read to and what better book than the Bible.

The Beginner's Bible is over 500 pages long and filled with beautiful, bright images. This new version of the bible includes 3D illustrations. I can't get over how bright and vibrant the pictures are. The older copy sadly looks dull and boring after reviewing this copy. I wish they had this book when my kids were little.

The Beginner's Bible is a wonderful bible for young children wanting to learn about stories from the Old Testament and New Testament. It's a perfect way for parents to introduce these bible stories. The book contains stories from both the Old Testament and the New Testament. There are over 90 stories accumulated in this book.

Since my kids were too old to enjoy this book, I took it to my religious education class. On Sundays, I teach the first grade religious class at my church. I like to start class off with a bible story, before we get into our lessons for the day.....Saint, Virtue, and Catechism. This book is perfect for reading to the children. The stories are well written, easily understood by the children, and are the perfect length to keep little ones engaged! This is a huge selling point for this teacher.


The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}

Zonderkidz also offers a  few other versions of this Bible. Parents can purchase The Beginner's Bible Deluxe Edition that comes with 2 audio Cd's or The Beginner's Bible Collector's Edition that comes with 2 audio Cd's and a DVD of 94 Bible stories. 

The company even offer resources to go along with the book for parents and teachers! I found stickers, bookmarks, coloring pages, crossword puzzles, word searches, search and finds, writing pages, and matching sheets. This a fantastic resource and it's FREE!

They didn't leave the kids out either. Kids can find fun games to play online, a few videos to watch, and coloring pages to print with the help of parents.

Want to see more of the great products from Zonderkidz just stop by for a visit on their social media pages.


Check out the reviews from the rest of the crew!


The Beginner's Bible {Zonderkidz}


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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Look Who's on the Crew for 2017



I have enjoyed being on the crew for the last 2 years. I can't believe that I'm starting my 3rd year! Time is flying by. Busy days of schooling and fun.
Over the past 2 years, I have loved the advice and encouragement I have received from my homeschool moms! Some days you need an ear to bend, a shoulder to cry on, or a friend to get ideas from. 

So I'm thrilled to introduce you to the new members of the 2017 crew!


Footprints in the Butter Every Bed of Roses Double O Farms Family Faith & Fridays Circling Through This Life At Home: where life happens Homeschool Coffee Break A Net in Time Gypsy Road Counting Pinecones Our Life ~ Home and School Tots and Me luvnlambertlife.com Delightful Learning Mom's Plans A Learning Journey This Day Has Great Potential Weiser Academy As We Bloom Homemaking Organized Mountain of Grace Homeschooling A Stable Beginning Home Sweet Life Through the Calm and Through the Storm Our Worldwide Classroom A Glimpse of Our Life San Gabriel Farm Trout Wife Castle View Academy homeschool Creative Madness Mama DoodleMom's Homeschooling Life Gift of Chaos McClanahan 7 Cross Rhodes Academy Apron Strings & Other Things Mama’s Coffee Shop Blog The Country Homemaker God's Writer Girl's Blog
Homeschool Review Crew


Be sure to visit them all!



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