Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Retreat starts tomorrow

Now you all remember right? You'll link to your sight and do this right?

You forgot? OK Here goes....

Starting October 1 we are going to pray for our husbands in a special way. Using Scripture we will focus on specific things God has said about Godly men and the tasks he requires of them and the relationship he wants to have with them. I know it is hard to know what to pray for concerning our precious men, but I know I want my sons to have a deep relationship with our Lord. I want my daughters who marry to chose a man with a 'heart for the Lord' because that is a man who will deeply love, not just the woman she is now but the woman God calls her to be.

And it is retreat. While I will still be out and about and responding to comments I will not interrupt with other posts.

Note to Husbands:

You are our Dear gifts from God and, as your help-meet, we want to do what is best for you. We are learning to first change ourselves and grow in holiness. We are learning to depend on the Lord so as not to overburden you. We are learning to love you better, here, where you are now and yet to pray for you and your future.
Pray for us while we work through this retreat. As always when the Lord calls us to pray for someone else--- He is really calling us to be closer to Him, often in a way we have avoided before. Pray that we will be open to his Spirit and grow to love and serve Him more.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Oh my, " said she.

Did you also miss National Punctuation Day? It was yesterday but so many found out a day late that their web site ran out of bandwidth and I can tell you no more about it except: my family forum had WAY too much fun with it!!!

So here is some punctuation for you:
""" ;;;;;:::.??,,.!@@@&^%%

You're Welcome.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


Tonight we dissected Milton's poem Lycidas and his argument against censorship Aeoropagetica. As the oldest in the class I feel very Humble.

No I did not do better than all the 20 year olds.

Even at discerning the Christian references, never mind the myths.

Anyway, Milton argues that untried virtue is less valuable, less respectable, than virtue that is tested, that has constantly had to chose in temptation, the right path.

As a mom I ask, "at what point?"

Full Disclosure: Spell Check used on this post.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Just updates

I've been quite busy, (yes dear I know its my own fault!)
so here are some updates:

David's team tied, Marie's Won, in Zoe's league its always a tie but they were able to get a treat from Nick's Nest!

Melissa's room is officially clean.

Summer clothes are away!

Big Pork Roast in the oven, with 3 cheese cakes.

Teen Encounter picnic and Mass tomorrow in Southwick after soccer.

Jeffery has a new girlfriend. I'm not amused--- I like Haley.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Praying for our Husbands and Sons Retreat in October (PS This is good for single gals too!)

I made up my mind a LONGGGG time ago to love my daughter in laws as much as my Mother-in-law has loved me. What better way than to pray for my sons to be capable of being a great husband? I hope in that way my sons will search out a truly wonderful woman who reflects strong values and is up to the task of raising good children in the modern world.

I finally found my set of Scriptural Prayers for Husbands. There is one per day for a month. I am going to set them up as a retreat for all of us for October. Feel free to comment on ways your DH exemplifies each virtue and on ways to connect each prayer to the Sacraments of our church or a saint you love.

In the meantime, yes, college and co-op and soccer and ccd and choir and pulling out fall clothes are keeping me very busy. Oh and the conference! (You didn't forget did you?!)


Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Sidebar updated

I've removed the feed subscriptions because I'm pretty sure they weren't done correctly. I've also added a new Catholic Homeschool Blog Carnival. Actually it is restarting--- and Nissa says:

Now that my family's homeschooling year has begun, I'm ready to begin hosting Catholic homeschooling blog fairs again on Renaissance Academy
Here is a list of upcoming themes through the end of November.
(You can submit your contribution very simply at the Renaissance Academy Blog Carnival page http://blogcarnival.com/bc/cprof_3260.html
Sumbissions are due NLT the Wednesday for Friday publication.)

Here's the list of topics and dates:
26 September - Michaelmas
3 October - Zoology/Animals (in honour of St. Francis of Assisi)
10 October - Christopher Columbus
17 October - Health and Medicine (in honour of St. Luke)
24 October - Pumpkins
31 October - All Saints/Souls

7 November - Martinmas
14 November - Music (in honour of St. Cecilia)
21 November - Thanksgiving/ Christ the King
28 November - Hope! - Catholic New Year (1st week of Advent)

I hope we'll get good participation. Please help spread the word. You can grab the graphic here
Please link it back to the following URL: http://gadboisfamily.com/renaissance_academy/category/desk-notes/renaissance-fair-of-catholic-home-education/

Let me know if you need help with the code at all.

Blessed wife of Brian, Mother to six miracles and 2 saints.
Simple Gifts Weblog: http://gadboisfamil%20y.com/simple_%20gifts
Simple Gifts Email List: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/SimpleGifts

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

More Soccer--- oh and school, too.

We had a great Sunday of soccer except I didn't get to watch David. He scored 2 goals which is great enough but he's been unable (due to position and other good players ) since he was 9! Marie and Zoe also had great games so when we were finally home I made blueberry pancakes.

First co-op class was fun -- crazy but good.
Happy Baptism Isabel and Hannah.
Happy Sheila.

Saturday, September 6, 2008


The first week of school is also the week of our first soccer games. We had 2 today and they were great. Cheering! goals! Saves!

But a little hidden thing is far more special to me today.

Thursday I found that my new soccer mom friend (there's a new special one each year) Theresa, who has been a foster mom to 77 kids (its true!) was praying. Praying for a girl she had fostered once who was scheduled for an Abortion Friday.

Today at the game I heard the news--- she didn't go through with it!

Praise God!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Day of School

Always crazy but always great. We began with a decade of the Rosary and a mini lesson on the Rosary. This year I want to teach them to respond rather than recite together.
For our work, besides Math I am concentrating on the homework for first co-op class on Monday. David will do Chapter 1 of Christ and the America's. Sarah will read Chapter 1 of her Science and do the Content questions. Sarah and Marie are also taking French.

I've already talked to Lissa who has already made friends, loves her drawing teacher and apparently went to school with ALL the notebooks I bought so I needed to run out for some this morning. (It couldn't be that a nervous mom gave her too many!)

More posts coming: pictures of the old fort coming down and Daddy's new project. More anniversary stories, the start of my classes, Adria's new puppy etc.