Joyful Motherhood--

Influenced by our Catholic faith,
Charlotte Mason, Lifelong Learning
and the
Everyday Realities of Homeschooling and Family Life


Monday, August 20, 2018

Joining Sackcloth & Ashes


I spoke some of this last week, but today, Kendra at Catholic All Year has shared more.

There is a movement within the online Catholic community to fight the evil of the sex abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. We will fight against this evil with powerful and fervent prayer and fasting for 40 days.

I am joining this movement, which I shared about in my last post.

If you are a Catholic wanting to something real and powerful beyond letter writing, then I invite you to join us.

For more information, just click on Kendra's link above and read her eloquent post.

I also have written a letter to our Archbishop and to Pope Francis, imploring them for strong action. My letter to Pope Francis is below. I used the example at The Merrier World as a starting point.

As Jesus fought off the Devil while in the dessert for 40 days, may we spend these 40 days in fervent prayer and fasting, fighting the evil present within our Church.






Friday, August 17, 2018

A Faithful Catholic's Attempt to Process This

These past few days have been difficult as a Catholic.

Reading about the horrors within our Church, and the sins of our shepherds against our innocent lambs brings such deep sorrow and anger to my heart. 

Those words are not deep enough. I don't have the words. I am in shock.

I am a faithful Catholic and I love our Church. I am thankful to our priest who I know will be addressing this issue in Mass this weekend.

I feel powerless to bring the change that is so desperately needed. 

I feel deeply hurt and betrayed. 

I am so angry and disgusted.

There are many others who have already written so eloquently about the feelings of the faithful Catholic. I am not going to try to rewrite what they have already said so well. I will share some of the articles and posts that have helped me process this at the end of this post.

I am grateful for them, as they have helped me understand what I CAN do. 

This is my Church. This is my faith.

I have given my life and my heart to the love of Jesus.

I believe that He gave us this Church beginning with St. Peter.

This matters SO much to me. 

If that is true, then act I must. It is so oddly easy to live out the menial tasks of my daily life and horrifyingly, ashamedly, selfishly forget the suffering and heartbreak of others.

But if Jesus is my King, then I must do all I can for His Church, for my brothers and sisters in Christ.

This is what I plan to do.

Pray
As embarrassing as this is, I forget to pray for the Catholic Church. I pray in gratitude a lot, I pray for friends and family, I pray for our children and for my husband.

I have come closer to God because of our faith and have received so many graces because of our Church.

I will now remember to pray daily for the Catholic Church.

Teach
I would already have been doing this, but I can now do it more fervently in an effort to help our Church grow and heal in the love of Jesus. 

I teach our own children about our faith of course, but I will be doing a lot more with the youth in our parish this year.

Speak
I will be writing to our Archbishop and to Pope Francis,
and will make time to voice my anguish in any other way that I can. 

The Lent of St. Michael and Fasting
I have learned today about the Lent of St. Michael, a practice I had never heard of.

St. Francis of Assisi observed the Lent of St. Michael!

During Lent, I usually fast, give alms and pray for my own spiritual growth. For the Lent of St. Michael, I will offer these things up for the goodness of our Church.

Here are a couple of places that I read about the Lent of St. Michael:

St. Michael's Lent
St. Michael's Lent

I will print the image below to help me REMEMBER these small efforts.



The Lent of St. Michael:
Assumption through Michaelmas: August 15 - September 29
Offered for the Strength, Sanctity and Sins of Our Catholic Church
Fasting From:
Television and Social Media
Ember Days:
September 19, 21 & 22
Fasting on Fridays
One Regular Meal
No Meat Or More Time In Prayer

I pray that these small efforts will bring healing to our Church, that justice may be done and that our Church may be a source of the love of Jesus and the glory of God. 


Writings From Other Faithful Catholics that Have Helped Me:


7 Practical First Steps We Must Take by Elizabeth Scalia for Word on Fire





Thursday, July 26, 2018

2018-2019 Homeschool Calendar with Terms Planned!

I have spent a lot of time over the past couple of months planning our next school year, and some things are beginning to come to fruition 😊😊😊

One thing that really frustrated me last year was the time wasted and time required of me when we would finish something. Because I had not made a plan for our whole year, I was constantly having to figure out what we would do next in a certain subject, or what a certain child would read next, or what hymn we would learn next, or what Shakespeare play we would read next, etc. This was a misuse of my time, so I really wanted to remedy that this year.

By September, I will have a plan for the year. I expect the plan to change during the year. Of course it will! And that's okay - that's one of the beautiful things about homeschooling.

However, time won't be lost while I try to figure out what's next.

This is so wonderful and helpful in two ways:

We will get more done

AND

I will have less work to do!

That's a win-win!!

I am definitely noticing that the more children we have, the more efficient I need to be. Hopefully, these plans will help with that.

First is our school calendar. I have our weeks counted out into five terms. I don't know anyone else who does it like this, but it works really well for our family. The terms are based on the seasons and the liturgical calendar. I love that we have both Holy Week and Easter Week off. It also works really well that our longest term is the first term.

First, I made a calendar that counts the weeks for the school year:


Week NumberAutumn TermWeek NumberAdvent & Christmas TermWeek NumberWinter TermWeek NumberLenten TermWeek NumberEaster Term
First DaysSeptember 11, 12 & 1411November 2615January 721February 2528April 29
1September 1712December 316January 1422March 429May6
2September 2413December 1017January 2123March 1130May 13
3October 114December 17-1918January 2824March 1831May 20
4October 8
19February 425March 2532May 27
5October 1520February 1126April 134June 3
6October 22
27April 835June 10
7October 29
8November 5
9November 12
10November 19-21
Breaks:
Thanksgiving Break
Christmas Break
Winter Break
Easter Break
Last Day of School
November 22-25December 20 - January 6February 16-24April 13-28June 14


Then I made an at-a-glance calendar:
2018 - 2019 Academic Calendar

September 2018

October 2018

November 2018

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Then I have Morning Time and Nap Time School planned for the year. This is our first year doing nap time school. I think this is going to be a really positive change. Celeste at Joyous Lessons is the one who brought this idea to my attention again, and I think it will be really helpful now that we have some a large range of ages.

This is when I will do a lot of the reading aloud to the older kids, as well as do most of our keeping and handicrafts with big kid supplies.

Below are our five terms of Morning Time and Nap Time School planned.

Yay! Getting excited for the school year!


Autumn Term
Morning Time
Nap Time School
Every DayRead Aloud:Caddie Woodlawn & The Wind in the Willows
Prayer:
Nicene Creed Biography:This Strange Wilderness
Act of ContritionPoetry:Christina Rossetti
Liturgical CalendarHandicraft:Christmas Project (see Advent Term), Autumn leaves dipped in beeswax,
BibleShakespeare: Julius Caesar
Hymn:
Be Thou My VisionWeeks 1-5Plutarch:Julius Caesar
Praise to the Lord AlmightyWeeks 5-10
Memory Work:
Memorize the Faith
Psalm 11
Weekly
Folk Song:Star Spangled Banner
Every Other Week
Composer:Copland
Artist:Turner
Monthly
Folk Story:
Johnny Appleseed
Pecos Bill
N.C. Wyeth's Pilgrims


Advent & Christmas Term
Morning Time
Nap Time School
Every DayRead Aloud:Nancy and Plum (Library) & The Box of Delights Audiobook
Prayer:Jesse Tree, Guadalupe MeditationPoetry:Waiting on the Word
Liturgical CalendarHandicraft:Christmas Project
Bible: Jesse TreeClothespin Ornaments
Hymn:
O Little Town of BethlehemMini Pinecone Elves
It Came Upon a Midnight ClearBird Seed Ornaments
Memory Work:
Memorize the Faith
Luke 2: 1-20
Every Other Week
Composer:Bach
Artist:Art of Advent

Winter Term
Morning Time
Nap Time School
Every DayRead Aloud:The Family Under the Bridge & Happy Little Family
Prayer:Hail Holy QueenPoetry:Robert Frost
Liturgical CalendarHandicraft:Candle Making, Lettering
BibleShakespeare: Comedy of Errors
Hymn:
Abide with MePlutarch:Agis
Joyful Joyful We Adore TheeBiography:Little Britches
Memory Work:
Memorize the Faith
Robert Frost Poem
Weekly
Folk Song:John Henry
Every Other Week
Composer:Brahms
Artist:Van Gogh
Monthly
Folk Story:
Locomotive
John Henry

Lenten Term
Morning Time
Nap Time School
Every DayRead Aloud:The Sign of the Beaver
Prayer:Month of St. JosephPoetry:Word in the Wilderness
Liturgical CalendarHandicraft:Egg Decorating
BibleShakespeare: Comedy of Errors/As You Like It
Hymn:
Nearer My God to TheePlutarch:Agis & Tiberius
I'd Rather Have JesusBiography:Saints
Memory Work:
Memorize the Faith
Choose Poem from Book
Weekly
Folk Song:My Country Tis of Thee
Every Other Week
Composer:Chopin
Artist:Art of Lent
Monthly
Folk Story:
Paul Bunyan
Thunder Rose

Easter Term
Morning Time
Nap Time School
Every DayRead Aloud:Heidi
Prayer:ExamenPoetry:Wendell Berry
Liturgical CalendarHandicraft:Pressed Flower Cards & Bookmarks
BibleShakespeare: As You Like It
Hymn:
Hail Holy QueenPlutarch:Tiberius
Easter Song or Hymn??Biography:Doreen Rappaport Biographies
Memory Work:
Memorize the Faith
Shakespeare Sonnet
Weekly
Folk Song:America the Beautiful
Every Other Week
Composer:Handel
Artist:Monet
Monthly
Folk Story:
Mike Fink
A Picture Book of Davy Crockett