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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!

Meet me in St. Louis — at the Catholic Homeschool Conference!

2013 Catholic Homeschool Conference

Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6

Cardinal Rigali Pastoral Center, 20 Archbishop May Dr., St. Louis MO

 John LaBriola is the featured speaker at the St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association’s 2013 Catholic Homeschool Conference to be held Friday, April 5 & Saturday, April 6 at the Cardinal Rigali Pastoral Center in Shrewsbury. The motives for deciding to homeschool are many. This annual conference is designed to introduce Catholic families to the endless possibilities of homeschooling.


John LaBriola is the founder of the Catholic Family Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to healing, strengthening and advancing Catholic families. He is the author of three books: Catholic Truth for Catholic Teens, Christ Centered Selling and Onward Catholic Soldier: Spiritual Warfare According to Scripture, the Church & the Saints. He is the former host of St Joseph Radio Presents and a frequent guest on EWTN television and radio. He is a frequent speaker at parish missions, Marian conferences, Homeschool Conferences, Men’s Conferences and Retreats. John is married with three beautiful homeschooled daughters. LaBriola’s presentations will include “Sanctifying Your Work Week,” “Satan’s Attack on the Family,” “Healing Strengthening and Promoting the Family,” and “Prayer, Promise and Perseverance”

Friday evening events are geared toward high school students and their parents, with “What Is the Meaning of Life?” and “Sanctifying Your Work Week.” Saturday’s conference topics will include: “Teaching Reading with Phonics,” “Introduction to Catholic Homeschooling,” “Evangelizing Culture,” and “Family Defense – Protecting What Matters Most.” An expanded curriculum fair and vendors area offer a wide variety of Catholic homeschooling materials for your immediate inspection and purchase.

The St. Louis Catholic Homeschool Association’s Annual Conference is designed for homeschoolers at all levels. Prospective homeschoolers will leave with the knowledge they need to make an informed decision. New homeschoolers will find support and inspiration for their current homeschooling efforts. Even veteran homeschoolers will come away with valuable insights and new ideas.

Registration for Friday only is $15 per person, and $3 per high school student. Full Conference registration is $30 per person, or $45 per married couple. Register online at www.stlouiscatholichomeschool.com. For more info, visit us online, or contact Kathy Harkins at 314-918-0639.


Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions – April 2013

papal coat of arms

General: That the prayerful and public celebration of the faith may be a source of life for the faithful.

Missionary: That the particular Churches in mission territories may be a sign and instrument of hope and resurrection.

Egg Hunt Epiphany

An oldie, but a goodie! Happy Easter!

It has taken us years to figure out the perfect Easter egg hunt. We started years ago by hiding the brightly colored boiled eggs that the kids had decorated. This was new to me, but it was a tradition in my husband’s family. After about the third hide these boiled eggs are looking pretty sad, and that’s if the dog didn’t run off with them. We tried hiding candy eggs, but there’s still that dog. As our number of children increased we began to hide plastic eggs. These didn’t interest the dog at all, but big kids tended to gather up all the easy to spot eggs and little kids got mad. Finally, the color coded Easter Egg hunt. This might not be a new idea to some of you, but we felt like we had finally come up with something. Each kid gets the same number of plastic eggs, in varying sizes, in their very own color. The younger kids eggs are hidden in easier-to-find locations, and you can’t pick up an egg unless it is your color. Now the egg hunt is fun for everyone, except maybe the dog.


My Mom gets Order of St. Louis IX Medallion

On May 5, Archbishop Gregory Michael Aymond will award the Order of St. Louis IX Medallion to my Mom at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.

The Order of St. Louis IX award was established in the New Orleans Archdiocese more than 40 years ago to honor those members of the laity who have contributed their time and talents to the Church.

Congrats & Happy Easter, Mom!

Our 2013 St. Joseph Altar

This post is part of the 4th Annual St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest. If you made an Altar for St. Joseph’s Feast Day, and would like to be included, make a blog post about your St. Joseph Altar, including details and pics, then link it here. Linking is open and will continue till April 3. Head over to the Virtual St. Joseph Altar blog for all the details!


Each year,we use our upright piano for the highest level of our Altar. The second level is made with a height-adjustable small school table. One of our large school tables is used for the front of the Altar.

Here’s the base of our Altar:


Cover everything with a couple of nice table cloths and runners and we’ve got a nice-sized three-level altar:


Lots more work to do. Added table cloths underneath to hide table legs and switched out family photo for a lovely mirror my son gave me one year for Christmas. Photos of deceased loved ones, religious statues, candles, bread crumbs, fava beans, cakes, cookies, citrus, flowers, and bread in symbolic shapes complete our Altar.


Here are some details:

Viva San Giuseppe! 

Be sure to visit the Virtual St. Joseph Altar today!

Altar blog fest opens tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the 4th Annual Altar blog fest will open tomorrow afternoon! Join in the fest and share a blog post about your Altar. We love details and photos.

Linking will open on the afternoon of St. Joseph’s Feast Day and continue through April 3.

Viva San Giuseppe!

Novena to St. Joseph Day 9

Prayers for Day 9


St. Joseph Novena Day 8

Prayers for Day 8


Play Ball!


Today was the opening of the season for St. Louis Patriots Homeschool Baseball. It was just a bit cold for baseball but that didn’t stop anyone. Crozet is number “9” in honor of Drew Brees. Yes, we are mixing up our sports! Our game was followed by a mega picnic with all three Patriot teams and their families. Now we are home defrosting.

It’s going to be a fun baseball-filled spring!


St. Joseph Novena Day 7

Prayers for Day 7

St. Joseph Novena Day 6

Prayers for Day 6

St. Joseph Novena Day 5

Prayers for Day 5


I hope you are getting ready for the 4th Annual St. Joseph Altar Blog Fest!


St. Joseph Novena Day 4

Prayers for Day 4

Habemus Papem!





St. Joseph Novena Day 3

Prayers for Day 3

And, please Pray for the Church!