Encouraging Words

You know your a mom….

You know your a mom….
…. when you change your “L” to “W” but are talking to the cashier. Ex: I just needed a wittle chocowate bar
…. if going grocery shopping alone feels like a vacation
…. when dinning with your husband you dip your napkin in water to clean his face
…. if your youngest is potty trained but you still have a diaper bag filled with emergency supplies, like diaper wipes, in your car (if you don’t, you should they come in handy all the time, listen to experience)
…. when a hot, long, morning shower is like a day at the spa
…. when you wonder where dry shampoo has been all your life
…. if you can’t remember when you had a hot meal at the family dinner table
…. when you scoff at fire walkers; you can walk a hall covered with legos while balancing 2 folded loads of laundry! amateurs…
…. when you have no more theories on raising kids
…. when you have memorized the kids section at the library and get lost in the adult section (what there is another part of the library!?!)
…. when your little ones look like a picture for church and you are in jeans and a “nice” t-shirt (hey it happens)
…. when a friend asks “you” to coffee and it is automatically is translated as “me and the kids” in your mind (this is most likely if you home school because finding a sitter during the day is next to impossible)

Monthly Art Music Saint Studies

Janurary & February Saint, Composer, Artist Yr 2

So I thought I had posted January and February Saint, Composer, and Artist posts.  But I didn’t and here they are sitting in drafts.  I am combining these as well so you get only one post and not two


Starting strong in the New Year. Enjoy the following resources!

Saint: We do a study on the Magi or Wise men. So little is known about them but they are fascinating characters in history. I particularly like the description that Lew Wallace (author of Ben Hur) gives, fictional that it may be. We celebrate Epiphany which is 12 days after Christmas.

Composer: A well know composer George Frideric Handel is heard the world over every Christmas. Again, I went in search for a composition that I wasn’t as familiar with. Here is the music For the Royal Fireworks. What a great song for the New Year!

Artist: Keeping with the theme of the Magi here is Abraham Bloemaert (1566-1651), Adoration of the magi, 1624
Utrecht, Centraal Museum




Saint:  Of course it is St. Valentine but he didn’t have a happy ending.  Instead he was a martyr.  His story, or what little we know of it, is fasincating.


Composer: Arcangelo Corelli, honestly I didn’t recognize the name but did recognize the following composition.  The youtube.com links are in 2 parts.

Arcangelo Corelli, Concerto Grosso op. VI, n.4 (parte 1): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVM9MpCu_Jc

Arcangelo Corelli, Concerto Grosso op. VI, n. 4 (parte 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWImWeehguA

Artist:  Keeping with the winter theme here is a great site for the artist Joseph Farquharson.  He was a also a Scottish laird.


Monthly Art Music Saint Studies

April and May Saints, Composers, and Art Yr. 2

I have not been on here for two months!  Really!  It isn’t like I could take time out of my day, or at the very least a Sunday afternoon, to write up a little post.  Do you want to read about my excuses reasons: spring soccer and girl scouts.  Yes, I agree, enough said.  So here is what I was planning on doing the months of April and May.  That is correct, we didn’t even get to the lesson plan those two months.  Oh well, these are just extra enrichment topics that will be revisited during the summer months.


Saint:  Since Easter is usually in April and we always visit St. Patrick in March we continued with the Easter story up through the Ascension (this we actually did).

ComposerHenry Purcell The Fairy Queen Suite, I am giving a little reprieve to my kiddos with this composer.  It has nothing to do with the death and resurrection of Christ but because of the heaviness of the subject I wanted to add a little taste of spring and flowers.  At least that is what I think of when fairies come to mind!


Artist:  Because of the theme of the crucifixion I am adding the Pietá by Michelangelo.  It is the sculpture depicting Mary holding the lifeless body of her son Jesus.  The actual piece is located in St. Peter’s Basilica.  This has always touched me and even more so now that I am a momma myself.  Some times I think we tend to gloss over the Bible with kids to “protect” them.  Yes, there are some themes that I don’t want to have to discuss with my kids but others I believe need more reality put to them.  I think this sculpture adds that visual reality to what actually happened on the cross.



Saint: St. Monica who was the mother of St. Augustine, is said to be a very patient woman who actually brought her husband and mother-in-law to the faith through her piety and generosity.  http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=1

Composer: Is yet another woman, Elizabeth Jacquet de la Guerre.




Artist: William-Aolphe Bourguereau was a French artist who depicts many scenes of mothers.  In honor of Mother’s Day and Charlotte Mason who emphasizes nature this painting entitled The Shell (1871, oil on canvas) is perfect.  Currently this painting is in a private collection.