~Maria

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For the past 18 months I have often wondered what “normal” means. What does that even look like? After losing Sophia, our life as a family of 4 has seemed to be anything but normal.  Though I’m not sure what normal really means for us, there are a few things about it that I do

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  At 7 years old, this girl finally lost her first tooth!  She has been patiently(well, mostly) waiting for this to happen for quite some time. One morning she asked me to look in her mouth because she thought she must have eaten something hard that scratched her gums behind her front bottom teeth.  I

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Sometimes, in the dead of winter, a s’more just sounds really good. Mini graham crackers, bite-sized Hershey bars, and mini marshmallows roasted to perfection with a fondue stick. I highly recommend using a wood wick candle for the full “cracking fire” effect.

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We still haven’t put up our Christmas tree.  I know, it’s like over a whole week into December already and compared to most, we are slackers. The truth is, we haven’t put it up or even decorated yet on purpose. This year we are putting it off longer than usual and the reason seems to

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In case you ever wondered what the results may be when you mumble a distracted “Uh-huh” when asked by a 7-year-old if she can “take a few pictures,” wonder no more. While uploading pictures to the computer you will be enlightened by the view as seen through her eyes. You may just find no less

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The catechesis(faith formation) of the last couple of generations of Catholics has been extremely disheartening. Being a product of that poor passing on of the faith, I feel I can say that without a doubt.  Although I feel a bit cheated by the lack of faith formation that I received before adulthood, I am so

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I am frequently fielding questions about our curriculum choices.  Now 5 years into our homeschooling  journey, I feel pretty confident in my ability to match curriculum with my kids’ individual learning styles.  I have never been a “fit the kid into the box” type of teacher and having the flexibility to pick and choose exactly

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One of my most vivid memories of my mom is watching her put on make-up.  I remember her sitting in the bathroom with her little magnifying mirror plucking, smoothing, drawing, “putting her face on” as she always says. My mom would never, ever, consider “leaving the house without her face on.”  Ever. As I grew

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After a recent outing with the family to some local high school homecoming activities I had the following conversation with my 7-year-old daughter while brushing her hair: 7-year-old:  “Mom, weren’t those girls with the crowns pretty?” Me:  “They were.  What did you think made them pretty?” 7-year-old:  “Well, I liked their hair mostly.  I like the

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What’s been keeping me too busy to sit at the computer long enough to respond to emails, let alone pour my thoughts into a blog post you ask?  Wellllll, let me just show you a little bit about that: Not only is there actually a space available for me to have a canning storage shelf