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Ready for the new year?

Michele Quigley has updated her beautiful and FREE, printable 2014 -2015 Liturgical Calendars. They’re available in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms. She even has one that you can color and label yourself. Thanks, Michele!


Golden Vine Fairy

It’s been a while since I worked on any dance costumes, but I’m back. My youngest daughter, Audrey, will be dancing her first pointe solo this year. She has chosen the Golden Vine Variation from Sleeping Beauty. It is sometimes referred to as the pointer fairy.

We will embellish a white bodice and white tutu for this costume. We already had a white matte satin bodice from Curtain Call. Since our other tutu has seen better days, I am looking at the 9-layer Sansha tutu, but still have not decided or ordered yet.

Today I ordered a two large beautiful gold vine-like venice lace appliqués from Ebay. I see it going up the bodice and another down and across the tutu. We’ll see how they look when they arrive.

Total cost so far — $5

Hello, Louis Maxwell!

Louis Maxwell, our first grandchild, was born October 2. Yesterday he received the gift of Baptism. Welcome to our world Louie!


Cooking for Christ Cookbook Giveaway

Jennifer @ Family in Feast and Feria is hosting a Cooking for Christ, the Classic Liturgical Cookbook, giveaway!

Cooking for Christ: the Liturgical Year in the Kitchen was written by Florence S. Berger. The original hardcover version was published in 1949 by the National Catholic Rural Life Conference.

Head over to Jenn’s site to learn more about this classic Catholic cookbook and to enter the drawing.

First Grandchild Coming Soon!

Today is the due date for our first grandchild! Please say a quick prayer for safe delivery and healthy baby.


A Prayer to St. Gerard for Safe Delivery

O great Saint Gerard, beloved servant of Jesus Christ, perfect imitator of your meek and humble Savior, and devoted child of Mother of God, enkindle within my heart one spark of that heavenly fire of charity which glowed in your heart and made you an angel of love.  O glorious Saint Gerard, because when falsely accused of crime, you did bear, like your Divine Master, without murmur or complaint, the calumnies of wicked men, you have been raised up by God as the patron and protector of expectant mothers.   Preserve me from danger and from the excessive pains accompanying childbirth, and shield the child which I now carry, that it may see the light of day and receive the purifying and life-giving waters of baptism through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

9/11 — We Will Never Forget

My Project 2,996 tributes:10570255_704106662972141_5678397345878354201_n

Steven Paul Chucknick— 9/11 tribute

Hasmukh Parmar — 9/11 tribute

Pray for Iraqi Christians

The USCCB dioceses to pray for peace in Iraq on Sunday, August 17. This prayer was written by the Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako. Please join the US Bishops in prayer for Iraqi Christians.


How do American homeschoolers measure up?

Great info graphic!

Homeschooled: How American Homeschoolers Measure Up


Source: TopMastersInEducation.com

Pascal Candle for 2014

This is the most requested item on my blog. Each Lent, as we inch toward Holy Week, I get oodles of emails asking when the latest Pascal Candle art will be available. Juan José, of Hermanoleon Clip Art, just emailed me that his 2014 Pascal Candle art is now online!


This is a very simple Paschal Candle for your home. You will need a tall glass votive with a white candle. It will look better if the glass is clear, but the choice is yours. Print the paschal art and simple wrap it around the glass votive, securing with a bit of tape or glue. Voila! A very pretty, instant Paschal Candle for your home or school room, suitable for even the youngest crafters.

The real thanks go to artist Juan José!

Last year, instead of printing  on plain white paper, I used an inkjet window decal. Looked pretty cool and lasted all year!


We will never forget

September 11 is Patriot Day. A presidential proclamation issued in 2007 proclaims:

. . . the people of the United States [are] to observe Patriot Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services, to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on that day, and to observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 A.M. eastern daylight time to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

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Project 2,996
Remembering and Paying tribute to the victims of 9-11
Our tributes:
Hasmukhrai Chuckulal Parmar
Steven Paul Chucknick

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – May

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General: That those who administer justice will always act with integrity and upright conscience.

Missionary: That seminarians, especially from mission Churches, may always be pastors according to the heart of Christ, fully devoted to the proclamation of the Gospel.

Common Core panel presentation in St. Louis

Come to the Chesterfield City Hall next Thursday, April 25 to hear i‪national experts on the takeover of our schools.‬

Missouri Coalition Against Common Core


The Fundamental Transformation Of Public and Private Education
(You probably haven’t heard of it, but you are paying for it!!)

Panel Presentation
Chesterfield City Hall
Thursday, April 25, 7pm – 9pm

Panelists Include:

  • Dr. Sandra Stotsky: Professor Emerita of Education Reform University of Arkansas; Served on Common Core Validation Committee; Testifies Nationally Against Common Core
  • Senators John Lamping and Brian Nieves: Sponsors of SB210
  • Gretchen Logue: Editor Missouri Education Watchdog; Co-founder Missouri Coalition Against Common Core
  • Anne Gassel: Co-founder Missouri Coalition Against Common Core; Co-editor Missouri Education Watchdog

Don’t Let the Federal Government Control our Schools

More info on Common Core

For more info on Common Core, check out Cathy Duffy’s 2001 article: The Education Standards Movement Spells Trouble for Private and Home SchoolsThis has been in the works for some time.

Federal takeover of Missouri education could affect homeschoolers

Taken from today’s HSLDA e-lert:

Call Now to Stop Federal Takeover of Missouri Education

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

Powerful forces in Washington, D.C., areseeking to centralize control over education and dictate what children in America must learn—perhaps even homeschoolers. And they are doing it through an ingenious program called “Common Core State Standards.”

Federal control over education would mean that dominant groups could force-feed children exactly the doctrine and world view they want them to believe.

If they had been transparent and simply filed a bill in Congress to empower the federal government to control the content of education, a firestorm of criticism would have doomed it. But they were clever: they offered money to state bureaucrats to do “voluntarily” what they themselves could not do without generating a nationwide outcry.

The result is that 45 states-including Missouri—took the bait, gave up the right to choose what their children would learn, and promised to create a system that would require all public children to learn exactly the same things.

This could affect homeschoolers profoundly if it is not stopped. College admissions tests are already changing to submit to Common Core. The ability to enter college or get a scholarship could one day depend on having learned the Common Core. Getting a job or getting into the military could one day depend on learning the Common Core. Even some homeschool curriculum providers have announced that their books comply with Common Core!

Once all public school children are learning exactly the same things nationwide, the path is laid to force private schools and homeschools to comply. After all, why should some non-conformists be allowed to teach their kids anything they want when “everyone” is learning Common Core? It is not unthinkable that your freedom to teach your children what you know they should learn could vanish—or it could be penalized beyond anything we might now imagine.

The federalization of education content would be a huge step toward turning the clock back and ending homeschool freedom.

And if federalization is successful, the seemingly unquenchable lust for centralization will certainly set its eyes on the next target: internationalization. And in the international arena, it’s perfectly acceptable to completely forbid homeschooling: just ask the Konrad and Romeike families from Germany or the Johansson family from Sweden.

But in Missouri, there is hope for change! Two bills are pending in the Missouri Legislature that would extract the state from Common Core: SB 210 and HB 616. They need your help!

Action Requested

Please call your Missouri state senator and your representative right away. Keep in mind that state bureaucrats joined Common Core without any approval from the Missouri Legislature. Your lawmakers are not the bad guys! But they DO have the power to solve the problem.

The message to your state senator could be as simple as “Please vote YES on SB 210. Give Missouri back the right to choose its own educational destiny.”

The message to your state representative could be as simple as “Please vote YES on HB 616. Give Missouri back the right to choose its own educational destiny.” You should feel free to develop a message that is more personal using information from this e-lert or other sources. Since this affects all parents, it is not necessary to identify yourself as a homeschooler.

Also please call your two U.S. senators (Blunt and McCaskill). Iowa’s Senator Chuck Grassley is circulating a letter for U.S. senators to sign opposing the funding of a nationalized curriculum. Your message to Senators Blunt and McCaskill can be as simple as: “Please sign onto Senator Grassley’s letter urging Congress to defund the Common Core Curriculum Standards Initiative. The federal government should not be using taxpayer dollars to pressure the states into adopting educational goals and curriculum which should be decided by local parents, teachers, and schools.”

Contact Information

Use this link to find your Missouri state senator and representative and their contact information.

Use the link below to get contact information for U.S. senators Blunt and McCaskill: Call 202 224-3121 or visit this page to get contact information for your U.S. senators.


For an explanation of how Common Core got started, read this article by HSLDA’s Director of Federal Relations, Will Estrada.

“What if I told you that Obama’s education-policy reforms, arguably pushed through without the good graces of the law, were crippling children’s imagination, stifling their creativity and on the whole setting them up to become less moral, kind empathetic people?” Read the rest of this National Review article.

The Heritage Foundation believes Common Core decreases a student’s ability to develop analytical thinking.

This article by a former Assistant U.S. Secretary of Education under Clinton and Bush explains how federal money controlled the entire operation and how little input was received.

Implementation of Common Core in California means that bright 8th graders can no longer take Algebra I, because one set of Common Core standards is required for every grade. (California Education Code 60605.11(b)(3)). Massachusetts had to water down its math standardsto comply with Common Core.

The College Board, owner of the SAT college admission test, is already changing the test to comply with Common Core.

This Cato article discusses the pressure to turn national education standards into federal education standards.

“The Common Core State Standards have no more legitimacy than the plans of your local village idiot to reform education.”

This Christian Post editorial asserts that “There is no evidence that the curriculum works, and it will destroy innovation amongst states.”

The left-leaning Brookings Institute says Common Core won’t improve the education kids get. Brookings says that neither the quality nor rigor of state standards is related to student achievement.

Although the Common Core is paraded as the work of states working together, the U.S. Department of Education is already jumping in.

In addition to an organization that controls the Common Core standards themselves, there is a group creating a national curriculum that implements the Common Core standards, and at least two groups are creating a national test that will test students on their knowledge of the Common Core standards.

A bill is pending in Iowa that will create a state panel to encourage businesses to give hiring preferences to students who earn a“certificate of competency” from their public school. While it’s difficult to tell if this is directly related to Common Core, it is a very troubling example of how state legislatures can link hiring preferences with certain preferred types of education. See p.33 starting at line 23.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!

Sincerely Yours,
Scott A. Woodruff, Esq., Senior Counsel, HSLDA

Isabel needs your vote!

jump-voteOkay, blogger friends, my daughter has made it into the top ten in the Radio City Rockettes’ Jump the Line contest. If you are on Facebook, we would very much appreciate your vote. You can vote once each day through April 21. The winner gets to “jump” to the front of the Rockette audition line this spring and gets free airfare to NYC, lodging, and more!

It’s a great honor to have made it to the top 10. Congrats, Izzy!

Thanks to all for your vote for Isabel!