Tuesday, November 23, 2010


For anyone who reads this blog, an FYI : I am blogging now at my own website. You can find me at www.homeschoolingmama.com . You will find that most of my reviews, both of books and curriculum are over there now, and I will not be keeping up over here. I have enjoyed this site, but it is time to move on.
Pax et bonum,

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Homeschool Buyer's Co-op

I have seen the Homeschool Buyer's co-op mentioned for at least the last two years. I had looked at the website a couple of times, but something held me back from joining. I finally joined after I was on a webinar with Brett Walter who started the buyer's co-op. The information he provided reassured me that my name and information would be safe on the Buyer's Co-op site. By buying in large quantities, Homeschool Buyer's Co-op provides a way for homeschoolers to get the same kind of discounts that school districts receive. If you look at the website, you will see the comments of veteran homeschoolers who are so glad to have a better way to purchase curriculum.
I recently purchased some software from Digital Frog through the co-op. It was an excellent value, and my children love it! I could not have afforded the software I bought if I had not had the co-op discount.
There is something for everyone at the co-op, and there is no pressure to buy a particular amount. There is a field trip finder which lists destinations in every state. If your favorite field trip destiantion isn't there, you can add it. There are contests and the "Reading Champions" program. There is no cost to join. If you have need of software or curriculum, check out the Homeschool Buyer's Co-op. It could save you money on your homeschooling needs. I know it has saved me money.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

A new DVD about St. Gianna Molla

Catholic Action for Faith and Family
PO BOX 910308
San Diego, California 92191
United StatesContact: Thomas McKenna
Phone: 858-461-0777
Email: tmckenna@catholicaction.org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New DVD Tells Story of Modern Day Hero of Divine Love“St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love” is a new DVD about a saint who lived in our own time. The DVD is a visual delight, featuring photos and home movies of St. Gianna, who lived from 1922 to 1962. One gets to see her getting married and playing with her children and living out her career as a doctor. Viewers see her laughing and smiling and loving life. This is a real woman. She is someone like us. Here we get to know a woman like so many of us who struggled to balance work and family. She was highly intelligent, excelling in her studies. She also loved music and art and being in the mountains. She loved her family above all else, but saw her career as a physician as a calling from God. Not only did she run her own practice, she was an active volunteer and sought to bring medical care to those who needed it, especially mothers and children. She would tell other doctors that “when you have finished your earthly profession, if you have done this well, you will enjoy divine life ‘because I was sick and you healed me.’” St. Gianna was raised in a Christ-centered family and sought to raise her children the same way. Her life was one of service and was deeply rooted in prayer. She attended daily Mass as often as possible and prayed her rosary daily. She was always ready to encourage others in their relationship with God. She was a woman who viewed life as a gift from God and trusted in the power of prayer. Totally pro-life, her ultimate sacrifice was to give birth to her last child, even though she was advised against it and knew it might result in her own death. After giving birth, she bravely bore her final suffering with grace and prayer. She died on April 28, 1962 at the age of 39. Beatified in 1994 and canonized in 2004, Pope John Paul II held St. Gianna up as a role model for mothers, physicians, and the pro-life cause.“St. Gianna Beretta Molla: A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love” was produced by Catholic Action for Faith and Family which includes the St. Gianna Physician’s Guild. The mission of the Guild is to unite and encourage Catholic physicians and health care professionals, to promote and defend Catholic principles in a public way by word and example, and to inspire sanctification in their lives.To order the video, please visit http://www.stgiannaphysicians.org/ or Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/Gianna-Beretta-Molla-Modern-Divine/dp/098163141X/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1286848315&sr=8-2

Amazon.com: St. Gianna Beretta Molla A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love (9780981631417): Thomas McKenn
Amazon.com: St. Gianna Beretta Molla A Modern Day Hero of Divine Love (9780981631417): Thomas McKenna: BooksShare

Monday, September 20, 2010


My youngest child has never been to a “brick and mortar” school and thinks he is missing out on something. Today we are having scheduled class times and only minimal breaks between “classes” in order to demonstrate what “real school” (as he calls it) is like. I have just told him that if he continues to make noises he will sit in a corner. I hate being so rigid, but it seems some days like that is the only way to get through to him. I know that “unschoolers” would not worry so much, but I am not there. There are certain things he really must learn. He is very bright, but I don’t seem to be able to find a teaching method that he enjoys. Ah well. We can’t have everything, can we? At least I have discovered that my 14 year old likes to learn by lapbooking/notebooking. It has taken me only 4 years to figure it out.
Help me today to be a kind, loving mother. Help me to discern which things to let go of and which things are less important. Please help me to not “lose it” with my son today as he tries to push every one of my buttons.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Giveaway at Lapbook Lessons

There is an awesome giveaway at Lapbbook Lessons. In the Hands of a Child is giving away a 1 year SUPER MEMBERSHIP. The is an opportunity you don't want to miss if you do any lapbooking with your children. HOAC is a resource I use frequently to reinforce lessons and to provide a lasting reminder of the unit we have studied. They have frequent specials throughout the year. Check out the offer Here.