Monday, 24 November 2014

This Week in Learning: November 21st, 2014

Whilst learning has been happening during the three weeks since I last shared, when you don't write learning notes weekly, despite your best intentions to remember all you don't.  Fortunately I did jot down some notes so I have a general idea of some of what we learnt.

The previous weeks have been disrupted thanks to medical dramas and Carpenter's homecoming for his College holidays. Also it's nearing the end of the academic and calendar year and the heat has been intense, 40C (100F) days without air conditioning so the children are flagging, most days I'm pushing and prodding them along.  Not my favourite way for them to learn and not entirely effective.


Michelangelo(15) is currently the most diligent, achieving a majority of his studies despite the distractions.  He's still reading his Didache studies, focusing on the Sacraments at present including Baptism and Marriage and most keen on Beginning Apologetics, having just studied the Eucharist and Sola Scriptora. He and I have managed to complete a few lessons of All About Spelling and he also achieved a couple of dictation lessons courtesy of Spelling Wisdom, his spelling ability is improving:) Michelangelo has put a massive effort into his maths lessons, studying for an hour a day, as he is determined to complete his current grade by the end of the year.

Science Matters continues to be a positive choice for him, says it is most interesting and he is learning alot.  Our history choice is a bit too much of a stretch, I was worried it would be, so we'll find a different fit next year.  Geography studies have reached the 'boring parts,' mostly focusing on Earth Science, nothing really new for him there.  Michelangelo has expressed an interest to focus more on the universe and new space discoveries next year.  As usual Michelangelo has avidly read plenty of books including the latest Brotherband book and a re-read of some of the previous ones as well as a couple of Sebastian Darke's books (really good) and The Princess and the Captain(very sad ending), he also spent hours listening to Deltora Quest on his MP3 player.

Princess(13) is lagging, the year end can't come fast enough for her.  She is just 'going through the motions' in completing some of her studies, though she likes studying the Catechism, next year I'll introduce her to the Beginning Apologetics, she may enjoy them. She did complete some of her dictation lessons the fact she didn't manage more is partly my fault, I need be certain to be more available. Princess has kept up with reading her poetry studies and her nature readings.  Maths is a challenge for her as she has completed the 'easy' lessons and now has the more difficult ones to complete.

Photo Credit: Michelangelo
Motivation is a struggle at this time of the year, how much should you push, when connections aren't happening? Sometimes though we need to 'go through the motions' to form habits for connections to have a chance to occur.  Though I suspect in this heat connections aren't going to be many.  Probably need to change focus for the last three weeks of the school year.  Any ideas?

Like the older children, the younger ones are also flagging. Jelly Bean expressed a dislike of our tick boxes, the children's 'to do' lists, they made her feel pressured to tick, a 'tick box mentality' (my summation of her conversation).  This is always my concern with sheets, whilst they are a useful tool for direction and recording, they can also produce that mentality.  Anyhow currently trialing for the younger three a 4Rs list, in which I keep the notes.

Jelly Bean has hit a hard spot in her maths which is producing tears, we had a little break from maths but trying again, frustratingly she has a tendency to give up.  The boys continue to fly through their lessons, though all three children have a horror of answering any questions incorrectly, if they do they log out immediately and try again later, a bit of an odd and unhelpful approach.

Jelly Bean and Jack Jack have been enjoying writing stories, it's been lovely to see their enthusiasm to creative writing.  They have a couple of 'on going' pieces they are working on.


We're reading The Marvelous Inventions of Alvin Fernald and should finish it this week in time for Advent.  We're also wrapping up Amy Steedman's A Little Child's Life of Jesus, it's a lovely, reflective book. Jelly Bean has concentrated diligently on her reading, her massive (and incomplete) list below shows just what a marvelous effort she has been doing.  At this stage she is focusing on easy books and we're happy for her to master them first before we encourage her to try the more advanced chapter books. Jack Jack has been reading too, though not as many hours as JB.  He's re-reading all the Ladybird readers, which is good for his confidence.

Most exciting, I have begun Jem on Level 1 in AAR and love it!!! It really is an excellent program, which I plan on reviewing when we finish this book, for now I'll share the letter tiles, the revision each lesson of the previous lesson, the mastery of the cards (which I've laminated for durability) all adds to the brilliancy of this program.

We abandoned Leaping into Literature sometime during the previous weeks, though sharing a remnant of books read prior to our desertion.

Leaping into Literature
Australian/History
Meet Captain Cook - Rae Murdie 3 Star
Meet the Anzacs - Claire Saxby 3 Star
Biographies
On a Beam of Light - A Story of Albert Einstein - Jennifer Berne 4 Star 
Jandamarra - Mark Greenwood 3 Star
Books/Library
Bats at Library- Brian Lies 2 Star
Science
Diary of a Worm - Doreen Cronin 1.5 Star
Miscellaneous
All Through the Year - Jane Goodwin 1.5 Star

Jelly Bean's Pile (Incomplete)
Billie B Brown: The Little Lie - Sally Rippin
Billie B Brown: The Birthday Mix-Up - Sally Rippin
Ark Adventures: Crazy Chameleons! - Sally Grindley
Ark Adventures: Giant Giraffes! - Sally Grindley
Ark Adventures: Pesky Sharks! - Sally Grindley
Little House Books: Christmas in the Big Woods - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House Books: A Little House Birthday - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Little House Books: County Fair - Laura Ingalls Wilder
Favourite Bedtime Tales: Little Gingerbread Man, Little Red Hen, Three Little Pigs
Billie B Brown: The Bully Buster - Sally Rippin
Billie B Brown: The Best Project - Sally Rippin
Billie B Brown: The Big Sister - Sally Rippin
Billie B Brown: The Secret Message - Sally Rippin
Billie B Brown: The Extra-special Helper - Sally Rippin
Frog and Toad Are friends - Arnold Lobel
Frog and Toad All Year - Arnold Lobel
Days with Frog and Toad - Arnold Lobel
Owl At Home - Arnold Lobel
Big, Bad Bear - Zila Todd
The Giving Tree- Shel Silverstein
I Will Surprise My Friend!: An elephant and Piggie Bk- Mo Willems
Happy Pig Day!: An elephant and Piggie Bk- Mo Willems
Listen to my Trumpet!: An elephant and Piggie Bk- Mo Willems
The Long House in Danger: Olaf the Viking - Elizabeth Laird
The Dark Forest: Olaf the Viking - Elizabeth Laird
Berenstain Bear and the Tic-Tac-Toe Mystery
The Princess and the Kiss - Jennie Bishop

Sharing at The Wine Dark Sea's Guilt Free Learning Notes

Jesse Tree in Picture Books


With Advent fast approaching my thoughts are turning toward preparations and celebrations.  It's been several years since we've celebrated with a Jesse Tree, but after reading Ellie's Jesse Tree in Picture Books I've felt re-inspired. Can't promise we'll manage making and hanging symbols but readings I can easily manage. Pulling our books off the shelves I realised we have a serious lack of Bible picture books, a situation which I immediately addressed by purchasing a couple of new books for St Nicholas presents;) (included in this list).

By no means is this a 'definitive' list, Sara's list and Ellie's retain that honour, as I know Jenn's will too (list coming). This list is really for me to keep myself accountable to my reading plans. There are various Jesse Tree lists and I was confused and unsure of which Bible figure to read on what day, in the end I decided to just 'run with' Ellie's patriarch's for now. The books pictured above and marked with an * are really the 'cream of the crop', the Lion's Story Bible books and My Bible Friends are 'gap filler's' from my childhood. The My Bible Friends is a ten book set published by the Seventh Day Adventists, the pictures and text are rather 'nice', I'm fond of them as they are part of my childhood memories. The Lion's Bible Stories aren't particularly exciting but they are solid. I have plans to build our library in this area, 'one day'.

There may well be other Jesse Tree picture book lists I'm unaware of please do tell me about them or any must have books you feel I should have.  I also have no idea of what to read over the O Antiphon days, would love suggestions.

Day 1: The Story of Creation
*The Story of the Creation - Jane Ray (are a few pages of frontal nudity)
In the Beginning - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 2: Adam and Eve and the Fall
Adam and Eve - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 3: Noah 
*Noah's Ark - Jerry Pinkney
*Noah's Ark - Jane Ray
*Noah's Ark - Peter Spier (wordless)
Noah and the Great Flood - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 4: The Tower of Babel
*The Tower of Babel - William Wiesner

Day 5: The Promise to Abraham
Abraham, Friend of God - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 6: Isaac and Abraham
Isaac Finds a Wife - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 7: Jacob and Esau
Jacob & Esau - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 8: Joseph
*Joseph - Brian Wildsmith
Joseph the Dream Teller - Catherine Storr (People of the Bible series)
Joseph's New Coat - Etta B Degering (My Bible Friends Series)
Joseph and His Brothers - Etta B Degering (My Bible Friends Series)
Joseph the Dreamer - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)
Joseph and the King of Egypt - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 9 & 10: Moses
*Exodus - Brian Wildsmith
*Moses: The Long Road to Freedom - Anne Keay Beneduce, Illust- Gennady Spirin
Baby Moses - Etta B Degering (My Bible Friends Series)
The Princess and the Baby - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 11: Ruth
Ruth's New Family - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 12: Samuel
Samuel the Little Priest - Etta B Degering (My Bible Friends Series)
God Speaks to Samuel - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 13: David and Goliath
David and Goliath - Barbara Shook Hazen (Golden Book)
David, The Youngest Boy - Etta B Degering (My Bible Friends Series)
A King for Israel - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)
A King for Israel - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)
David and Goliath - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)
King David - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 14: Esther
Esther the Brave Queen - Etta B Degering (My Bible Friends Series)
Queen Esther Saves Her People - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 15: Solomon
Solomon's Golden Temple - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 16: Elijah
Elijah and the Time of No Rain - Etta B Degering (My Bible Friends Series)
A Room and A Boy - Etta B Degering (My Bible Friends Series)
Elijah asks for Bread - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)
Elijah and the Prophets of Baal - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 17: Jonah
**The Book of Jonah - Peter Spier
*The Hard to Swallow Tale of Jonah and the Whale - Joyce Denham
Jonah Runs Away - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 18: King Belshazzar and the Writing on the Wall
Catholic Children's Bible in Colour

Day 19: Daniel in the Lion's Den
The Trials of Daniel - Catherine Storr (People of the Bible series)
Daniel and His Friends - Etta B Degering (My Bible Friends Series)
Daniel and the Lions - Etta B Degering (My Bible Friends Series)
Daniel in the Lion's Den - Penny Frank (The Lion Story Bible)

Day 20: The Annunciation and the Visitation
*Mary the Mother of Jesus - Tomie dePaola

Days 21-27: The O Antiphons
Day 21: O Wisdom
Day 22:O Lord
Day 23: O Flower
Day 24: O Key
Day 25: O Radiant Dawn
Day 26: O King
Day 27: O Emmanuel

Day 28: The Nativity (Christmas Eve)
*The Story of Christmas - Jane Ray
*The Nativity - Francesca Crespi
More Nativity books

Friday, 21 November 2014

Fabric Boxes: Our Storage Solution


Successfully completing an organisation project always makes me happy. Last week I decided our dress up storage wasn't working and I wanted a solution that involved minimising visual 'clutter'.


Therefore it was time to make more fabric boxes, purchasing a few doona cases at garage sales I was began cutting.  Dividing the task over several days, I cut out sufficient material for 16 boxes, yep 16! 


This actually translates to 32 fabric 'crosses', as sewing includes a liner as well as the outer box. 


Then there were also the 32 handles to cut and sew.  Handles are fiddly, always a relief to finish them.  Sewing madly on and off over a week I finally complete my storage solution!:)


Dress ups and toys, looking neat and tidy:) Next task is to create picture labels so the children can easily locate the items they want.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

My Daybook: November 19th, 2014

Outside my window...
the sky is overcast, finally a break in the intense heat, over 40C (104F) days we have been experiencing.


I am thankful...
that our College boy is coming home today on the train!!!!!:):):)
So thankful that he received quality care during his surgery and follow up visits, that he has his new wrist cast on and that he is coming home:):)  He will be home for a couple of months!!!! Yep I'm dancing with delight!

I am thinking...
about preparations for Carpenter's homecoming. When family members are coming home the house receives a deep clean, a clean house is pleasant way to be greeted and a way to honour them.

Learning all the time...
achieving all on our lesson plans becomes a challenge by November, as the year draws to a close we're tired and the heat is incredible some days. Last week's heat with no air conditioner wilted us, though fortunately we have fans this summer.
We are learning though, certainly the older ones with more success.


Celebrating the liturgical year......
was rather pleased to complete my Mega List of Catholic Picture Books, some 'cream of the crop' books there.  Currently working on a list of Bible picture books to deepen our understanding of our 'roots' by studying/reading the Jesse Tree.

From the kitchen...
whenever I've baked this week I've substituted gluten free flour for wheat, I prefer the taste aside from the health benefits. Today though it will be salads, too hot for anything else.

I am creating...
just finished sewing 16 more fabric boxes! Mammoth task and now the toy and dress up area is looking very tidy... I wonder how long it will stay that way..


I am working on...
Christmas present lists and preparations.  I realised with shock this week that it's nearly Advent! Hoping we can do much of our present shopping online this year, but first need to finish the lists. Oh yes and Bella turns one, three days before Christmas, so need to plan for her celebration too.

I am going...
to the train station to meet our boy tonight or maybe PC gets the honour, we'll be 'flipping a coin' later to see who is the 'winner':)

I am hoping...
Einstein receives positive news in regards to his plans for next year

I am praying...
  • in thanksgiving for the safe arrival of our new niece
  • for another special babe
  • for Einstein as he discerns direction
Photo Credit: Goanna by Michelangelo

I am pondering....
personalities and traits, accepting who I am thanks to Dressing Your Truth

I am reading and listening to......
Dressing Your Truth.  Oh wow, one of those 'life changing' books.  I've realised that all these years I've been trying to dress as someone I'm not.  Processing the information and listening to the episodes, sure hope they can 'steer me right'.

I am hearing...
Bella 'talking' on the floor as she plays next to me, she sure has plenty to say and younger children playing on their computers as I type.


I am struggling...
not struggling this week, that was last fortnight with all its medical crisis, I was beginning to unravel by the end. Thankfully drama free now

Clicking around...
researching commenting systems; comment luv, disqus, livefyre, google+s, intense debate notifications.  Should I install one of these systems and which one would be the best system for my readers? I'd like to foster a community but want to make the experience friendly to all. What do you know about any of these? Experiences, thoughts please.

Around the house...
lots of building projects coming to fruition: four cupboards built, bathroom and laundry completed, the ensuite awaits my painting brush. We should be ready for the plumber by December, if only I can get the warehouse to deliver the bathtub and basins.


One of my favorite things...

  • having all our children home together, can't wait!! 
  • family games time too, lots of that happening lately

A few plans for this week...

  • Visited with a local blogging family this week:)
  • Meeting another blogging family later in the week as they travel through, very excited.  The internet can be a positive experience, a community.


A little peek at my day...

  • Cleaning house in preparation for our boy!
  • X-ray visit for Jelly Bean in preparation for her orthodontic visit
  • Ballet run for Princess, during which time I'll run errands including collecting library books
  • Green grocer purchasing due but Einstein has kindly offered to do it:) Independent teen drivers make life much easier

Yet More Cupboards


PC has been enjoying the satisfaction of building cupboards, and recently created a couple more, completing all built ins for the children's rooms:) Einstein's rather happy to have plenty of space.


PC has added a new feature, a long shelf across the top, allowing for even more belongings to be stored, which is most helpful when you have two girls sharing space.  He is planning to build a second shelf above the first, which will be most appreciated.

Very pleased that PC has built these cupboards out of solid materials as I've caught a couple of the younger boys climbing the shelves! Our walk in robe is indeed next, the sheeting is purchased and sits waiting:)

Friday, 14 November 2014

7 Quick Takes Friday (Vol 211)

1
Remember last week's dramas? I was hoping we were all done with dramas, but not quite so, there was one more left and I'm still traumatised. Bella (10 months) pulled a chair onto herself, with it landing on her face, she has pushed her cute little eye tooth back up the gum, the gum is a horrible bruised colour, she may have damaged the tooth and it may be discoloured only time will tell.  Chairs now line the walls of the dining room, they no longer tuck under the table, they are added to my list of 'watch out for's' along with water buckets, pool gates, reversing cars, lego pieces, marbles and.... all the many 'possibles' to be alert for with small children.

2
I used to have the ability of coping with living in a messy house for up to three days, which was fortunate as when we only had small children this was necessary for sanity. My time limit for coping is now less, unfortunately the children and my limits are not meshing, the majority of them don't notice or don't care about mess, though they are very good about cleaning when asked. PC cares though, he is awesome:)
I'm becoming aware that my previous method of 'focus on lessons now and then clean later' is making me agitated, I'm hurrying the children through lessons so we can clean up, with no winners all round. I'm not certain why I now need a visually clean environment for my brain to focus, why I'm mentally distracted by mess, when I used to be able to cope with mess but now no longer can. Solution anyhow is to be diligent in cleaning up daily, no 'skipping' clean up time, which comes down to my self -discipline, which is still my weak area.

3



Our gorgeous new niece, my brother's first little girl, I'm just smiling to think of such a big guy with a tiny girl to dote on.They live in far away, interstate, in Tasmania, wishing we lived closer, I'd so love to sit and nurse this little one. There's just something about babies:):)





4
Off to a book sale tomorrow with my girls and we're pretty excited, looking forward to a girls morning out. True we already have thousands of books but you never know we might find some real treasures.  If need be we can cull our library to fit more in, promise, maybe;) We're not expecting 'great things' though as last time they had no children's books, can you believe it! They were told that no one was interested in children's books! Be assured that many locals told them otherwise.

5
Talking books I spent literately hours today researching and selecting books for the children's St Nicholas presents.  Most excited to discover Fr Coulter's list of excellent Catholic fiction for older teens and adults. I'm really excited about this list and all books for my teens were selected from Father's recommendations:) Ten books selected, just thinking I might buy PC a gift too, just cause:) After St Nick's day I'll come back and share, talking books be sure to catch my Mega List of Catholic Picture Books:)

6
Sometimes you hear information, file it away and revisit later.  Over a year ago Anna Maria(21) was most enthused and shared with me about discovering her dress style via Dressing Your Truth, she gave me the book to read, I intended to read but hadn't yet done so. Our Anna Maria always dresses so elegantly and her dress style certainly became more so after she did her profiling, which is why I've always intended to find my style. Anyhow Arianne's post on Dressing my Truth has prompted me to finally read the book.  I easily could pick Anna Maria's type but I'm having trouble picking mine, I need to go back and read each type with more care to discover me, if you've read the book that probably gives you a clue as to who I really am;) I suspect I know what type I am but... I don't wanna be....sounds like I probably haven't been dressing my truth all these years, just having a little adjustment here.  Rather humbling though that my daughter discovered herself at 19 and here I am in my 40s still searching.

7
Talking about knowing yourself, I think I might be an extrovert after all, I'm imagine my PC laughing when he reads this, he says I am. Though I'm certainly not on the extreme end, more in the middle. I don't seem to fit the descriptions for either though, take extroverts - I don't recharge by crowds, well I used to but I now live with crowds, kwim?;) I crave solitude these days.  Once I used to love going out, nowadays I'm happy in my hermit cave.  But I don't fit introverts, certainly not this description though it is my daughter to a T. Yet like introverts I am recharged by deep conversations and always have done, so I'm still confused. Are you an introvert or extrovert?

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

Mega List of Catholic Picture Books


Reading picture books together is not only enjoyable, is it an easy way to enhance our children's Faith, one of my favourite pastimes with our children. I'd like to share our collection of Faith books with you, this list focuses mainly on Saints picture books with a miscellaneous round up at the end.  
I haven't included Bible books, that list is forthcoming, nor does this list include Lenten/Easter and Advent/Christmas books, they can be found here, as can previous posts focusing on the Life of a Saint series and a review of books for March

I am quite selective in my choices and spend hours reading reviews such as Jen's and Jessica's, checking out lists such as Ellie's, and asking advice from trusted sources. I'm always keen to hear of new Catholic titles so please let me know of any I have missed, ones you feel I 'must have', with St Nicholas Day and Christmas coming now's the time I purchase new finds. 


January
1st- Solemnity of Our Lady 
Mary the Mother of God - Tomie dePaola 
6th-Epiphany 
The Last Straw - Fredrick Thury 
The Little Drummer Boy - Ezra Jack Keats 

February 
1st - St Brigid 
Brigid’s Cloak - Bryce Milligan 
10th - St Scholastica 
The Holy Twins: Benedict and Scholastica 
11th - St Caedomon 
Caedmon’s Song - Ruth Ashby 
13th - St Modomnoc 
The Saint and his Bees - Dessi Jackson 
14th - St Valentine 
Saint Valentine - Robert Sabuda 

March 
5th - St Kieren 
Saint Ciaran The Tale of a Saint of Ireland - Gary D Schmidt
17th - St Patrick 
Patrick Patron Saint of Ireland - Tomie De Paola 
Patrick: Saint of Ireland - Joyce Denham 
19th - St Joseph 
Father and Son - Geraldine McCaughrean
Song of the Swallow - Leo Politi 



April 
16th - St Bernadette 
Bernadette The Little Girl from Lourdes - Sophie Maraval - Hulin  
23rd - St George 
Saint George and the Dragon - Margaret Hodges 

May 
6th - St Brendan 
Saint Brendan and the Voyage Before Columbus - Michael McGrew 
30th - St Joan of Arc 
Joan of Arc - Josephine Poole

June 
9th - St Columcille 
Across A Dark and Wild Sea - Don Brown 

July 
11th- St Benedict 
The Holy Twins Benedict and Scholastica- Kathleen Norris
25th - St Christopher 
The Story of St Christopher: First Bk for Little Catholics - Leah Kean 
Christopher The Holy Giant - Tomie De Paola 
The Legend of St Christopher-Margaret Hodges

August 
9th - St John Marie Vianney 
John Marie Vianney The Holy Cure of Ars - Sophie de Mullenheim  


September
28th - St Wencelslas
Good King Wenceslas- John M Neale
The Eternal Christmas Story- Geraldine McCaughrean

October
1st St Therese
St Therese A First Book for Little Catholics - Father GaleTherese
The Little Flower of Lisieux - Sioux Berger
2nd - Feast of the Guardian Angels
Angels Everywhere - Tomie dePaola
Angel of God What’s your name? - Rebecca McNall
My Guardian Dear-Susan Andrews Brindle 
4th - St Francis
Saint Francis - Brian Wildsmith
Francis the Poor Man of Assisi - Tomie De Paola 
Saint Francis and the Nativity - Myrna Strasser 
Francis The Poor Man of Assisi - Juliette Levivier
6th - St Kendreas
Under the Grapevine - Chrissi Hart


November
2nd - All Souls Day
Father Phillip Tells a Ghost Story:A story of Divine Mercy-Susan Andrews Brindle
The Spirit of Tio Fernando-Janice Levy
3rd - St Martin de Porres
Saint Martin De Porres and the Mice- Eva K Betz
11th- November St Martin Tours
The Life of St Martin - Verena Smith

December
6th - St Nicholas
Country Angel Christmas-Tomie dePaola
Saint Nicholas: The Real Story of the Christmas Legend -Julie Stiegemeyer
The Baker's Dozen A Saint Nicholas Tale - Aaron Shepherd
The Legend of Saint Nicholas- Demi
13th- Our Lady of Guadalupe
The Lady of Guadalupe-Tomie De Paola
The Legend of the Poinsettia - Tomie De Paola
Our Lady of Guadalupe - Carmen T Bernier - Grand


Baby Board
The Saving Name of God the Son
Baby Come to Church - Virginia Esquinaldo

Monasticism
Brother Joseph: The Painter of Icons- Fr Augustine DeNoble
Brother Bartholomew and the Apple Grove- Jan Cheripko
The Monk Who Grew Prayer - Claire Brandenburg
The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane - CM Millen
Brother Juniper - Diane Gibfried

Mass/Sacraments
The Weight of a Mass - Josephine Nobisso
A Peek into My Church - Wendy Goody & Veronica Kelly (have edited parts)
Jesus Welcome You to the Mass - Angela M Burrin
The Mass Book for Children- Rosemarie Gortler & Donna Piscitelli
The Most Beautiful Thing in the World - Susan Andrews Brindle
First Holy Communion - Father Demetrius Manousos (For Little Catholics)

Miscellaneous
Old Testament Rhymes - Robert Hugh Benson
An Alphabet of Saints - Robert Hugh Benson
A Child's Rule of Life - Robert Hugh Benson
If Jesus Came to My House - Joan Gale Thomas
Angel in the Waters - Regina Doman
Take it to the Queen - Josephine Nobisso
The Princess and the Kiss - Jennie Bishop
The Squire and the Scroll - Jennie Bishop
Sister Anne's Hands - Marybeth Lorbiecki
Little Acts of Grace - Rosemarie Gortler & Donna Piscitelli

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Laundry Completed!


We've finished the laundry!!!!:):) 
Building your house yourselves can be disheartening at times, you spent weeks feeling as if you are  getting no-where, then all of a sudden several projects seem to wrap up simultaneously.  First the bathroom was completed and now the laundry:)


I'm afraid I was a poor photographer for the laundry project, always meaning to run and get the camera, however it is a long way from one end of the house and back again, very lame I know( hang head in shame) 


Be assured that PC put in many an hour tiling the laundry floor and walls, including a very impressive feature wall where the washer and dryer will be. 


As usual he did a professional looking job with his eye and attention to detail and patience for meticulousness. Very impressed with what he has done in the bathroom and laundry:)


 This time I 'delegated' the painting to Team members. 


It's been a while since Anna Maria has been home whilst a painting project was going, but she hasn't forgotten how:)


 Einstein was 'a trooper' doing the 'lion's share' of the painting. Thank you son, very much appreciated!


I can't help thinking my laundry looks rather glamorous:)
Nearly seems a shame to add something as mundane as a washer and dryer


 PC is talking a wall to wall, ceiling height cupboard here, with bench top cupboards along the wall to the left. I'm a lucky woman indeed:)

Thanks darlin', another impressive job!!!