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Mom's Advent: A Baby Jesus Project

Mom's Advent: A Baby Jesus Project

A slight drizzle hit the windshield as she drove the grey streets to pick up the children from school. 

How to help my family be cheerful, peaceful… to live Advent well… to prepare for Christmas.  The thoughts turned over in her mind.

Baby Jesus!  It was as if an envelope had been presented to her.  Inside was the letter, the answer to her question.  With a bit of a struggle, feeling the weakness of her human brain, she opened it.  The inside was a repetition of the outside.  Baby Jesus.  He was the answer.  What did He mean to her?  To her family?

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Screwtape Letter to a Homeschool Mom

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Screwtape Letter to a Homeschool Mom

By Mary Cooney Author of Evangelizing Our Children With Joy This summer I have been reading The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. This satirical work, in which Screwtape, a devil of high, rank advises Wormwood, a junior tempter, is both a delight and a challenge. It’s a delight because of Lewis’ wit and humor. It’s a challenge because I often have to think twice and backwards to get to the real message of each letter. I remembered that a few years ago A Screwtape Letter for the Unappreciated Mom ended up in my e-mail, and I just loved it. And...

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Seven Facts About Saints Your Kids Should Know

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Seven Facts About Saints Your Kids Should Know

By Mary Cooney Author of Evangelizing Our Children With Joy With the wonderful feast of All Saints Day coming up, I’ve been thinking about our children and what they think of becoming saints. Many of us adults know that we are called to be saints. But how many of us actually believe that we will reach that lofty goal? How many of us, when we consider our human weaknesses, feel discouraged? Sanctity is for Fr. So and So, but not for me.  I often think if ever I go straight to Heaven, it will be on the coattails of the holy...

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A Very Pinteresting Wall

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A Very Pinteresting Wall

By Carissa Douglas Author of The Little Douglings Series   I'm not a Pinterest person per se. Not really. But this is pretty pinteresting! Having a few littles who aren't so little anymore, means I've been encountering frustrated tweens and hormonal happenings more than I care to admit. This is my wall of happiness. It started with me using it as an outlet. I was trying to hide from the small people in my house and thought I'd be clever and hide in one of their bunk beds (being that they always find me in my own room). While laying...

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Loving the Difficult Child

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Loving the Difficult Child

  By Mary Cooney, Author Evangelizing Our Children with Joy   Once in a while, one of my kids fall into a funk – a period of negativity and difficult behavior which makes parenting, especially homeschooling, a real challenge. When this happens, not only do I feel sorrow for my child, but I also feel discouraged and inadequate. And yet, I know that this is a common experience among parents. Perhaps it’s a hyper-sensitive child who whines and cries over the smallest vexations. Perhaps it’s a strong-willed child who fights you tooth and nail whenever you tell him to do...

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