Another year of learning and surrounded by God’s perfect grace

Another year almost at an end…or is it?  We are always learning.  I feel like I put too much pressure on myself to make everything perfect, for my family, our home, education.  I have come to realize that my kids teach me more daily than I could ever hope to teach them.  They are loving, kind, intelligent.  They follow their interests, with my supervision.  This year has been a struggle for me as I try to “keep up with things”.  I know that this homeschooling adventure for me is a way of life.  I sometimes feel pressure from others who do things differently than we do, but I know that every family is different and unique in how the kids learn.  I am ready for a new way of thinking.  Lord, help me get there.  IMG_20140522_200011969 giftsofholyspirit

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Cream cheese pound cake!

Found this link today!  Sounds good.  It is fall, I know!  Should be posting pumpkin recipes, but…

Take a look at this:


Cream Cheese Pound Cake

1 1/2 cups butter, softened
1 8 oz packagecCream cheese, softened
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups all-purpose flour
1/8 tsp salt

Beat butter and cream cheese at medium speed with an electric mixer 2 minutes or until creamy. Gradually add sugar, beating 5 to 7 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating just until yellow disappears. Add vanilla mixing well. Combine flour and salt, gradually add to butter mixture, beating at low speed just until blended after each addition. Pour batter into a greased and floured 10-inch tube pan. Fill a 2-cup, ovenproof measuring cup with water; place in oven with tube pan. This will help keep the cake moist. Bake at 300°F for 1 hour and 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 to 15 minutes; remove from pan, and cool completely on a wire rack.

1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 TBS milk, to consistency

Mix together till desired consistency is reached, but should be thin. Add more milk one teaspoon at a time to get the thinness you want. Drizzle over cooled cake.

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Fall is here!

I planted some pansies this morning out by our mailbox. I mixed a variety of purple/white, yellow, and purple. I can’t believe fall is here! It is still warm and humid here in the South, but I did feel a little breeze as I planted. I worked up a sweat for sure, did I mention it is humid here? LOL. I found this information from Farmer’s almanac which describes this particular flower as having a face! So, I planted some “faces” in my garden today!

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Holy Trinity

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit…Amen.  Today is Trinity Sunday.



Today is also Father’s Day.  I am so thankful that my Father in heaven has my back, and always has.  Thank you, God!  :)

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It was a nice day for a walk!

Today a friend, my daughter and I went for a nice walk on the walk/bike trail. 10402743_10204432839847798_3518207731733882394_n My daughter enjoyed biking, while my friend and I walked the path.  It was beautiful with a lot of trees and birds singing.  We even found a nest with baby birds underneath a bridge.



We also saw some snakes, not sure what kind they were, sunning themselves!10410401_10204432838847773_650886392486669185_n

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We saw some beautiful flowers too!



There was also a bat house…10251907_10204432827167481_8161398064654413090_n

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Inspiration for Catholic Moms

IMG_20140524_174859220I think we all need inspiration and encouragement.  This novena I found here:


This is also a good site:





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Curriculum choices for high school

It is that time!  I cannot believe that my daughter will be in high school.  I find that choosing books for this age is a bit more difficult.  After searching through many Catholic curriculum choices, I chose this one for religion:

Introduction to Catholicism: A Complete Course

It is a part of the Didache series of religion books.

Amazon says that:  Introduction to Catholicism, 2nd Edition, contains the same Catholic teaching found in the popular original textbook, with expanded topics. Based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, this text covers the basic tenets of the Faith and what it means to be Catholic; to include an additional 200+ pages, a new design layout, and additional pieces of full-color liturgical art. Topics include: The Holy Catholic Church The Blessed Trinity The Paschal Mystery The Blessed Virgin Mary The Sacraments and Prayer Christian Morality and the Universal Call to Holiness New chapter on Social Doctrine This textbook is published with ecclesiastical approval from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

More later on the other choices!    God Bless!

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Hiking and resting…



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Hiking and camping!!

Speidergutter_ved_bålet_Boy_scouts_campingHere is a note from my sweet husband:
Greetings from Blood Mountain! Dinner is being cooked. Tents are pitched. Boys are in good spirits. Weather is windy, cool, and dry – perfect for camping!

I was a little curious about how that mountain got it’s name, so I did a little research! Google is my friend….

“There are various theories on the origin of the mountain’s name. Some believe that the name of the mountain comes from a bloody battle between the Cherokee and Creek Indians. Some people believe that it got its name from the reddish color of the lichen and Catawba growing near the summit.” From Wikipedia Photo credit:ålet_Boy_scouts_camping.jpg

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Fun at our local Science Center!!!  Animation Labs!


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