My Domestic Church

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I am a Catholic wife and and homeschooling mother of six from 3 to 19.  When it comes to giving birth, I have done it all!  Questionable Cesarean, VBAC in the hospital with a nurse midwife, two homebirths, emergency cesarean under general anesthesia, scheduled Cesarean and a stillbirth at 23 weeks. 


My husband and I will have our 30th wedding anniversary in August 2009.  I will also hit the big 5 0 next year!

My husband is  self-employed business may who repairs musical instruments, but he also does many handyman jobs.  I am a medical transcriptionist, working in the early morning and late evening so that I can homeschool our kids in between.  

We have homeschooled all of our kids since my oldest was in kindergarten. My oldest is now 20 yers old and is working as a certified emergency medical technician hoping to get into some firefighting training later this year.   My newest challenge is to help my high school sophmore earn as many college credits through CLEP exams as possible.  The other kids and I do history, science and literature together every day with math and language arts individually.  I really need my household to run smoothly.


We take our Catholic Faith very seriously.  No cafeteria Catholics here.





Simple Woman

Outside my window...One of my absolutely favorite pictures that I have ever taken - check it out- both feet off the ground!I am thinking...about St. Jerome - who received the finest education his parents could give them and then as a young man chucked it all to fall in with a bad crowd and live a sinful life. ...more

Feast of the Archangels

When I first re-verted back to my Catholic Faith, I wanted to enthusiastically celebrate EVERY DAY ...more

St. Vincent de Paul

Today is the feast of St. Vincent DePaul. This saint has a special meaning in the lives of my family ....more

7Quick takes

Join Jen and the other Quicktakers over at the Conversion Diary.1. ...more

Shame vs. Guilt

Izzy's best friend, T, is going to RCIA this year and has asked me to be her sponsor. I've known T since she was a little girl. ...more

St. Pio of Pietrelcina

via Catholic Culture: St. Pio of PietrelcinaBorn to a southern Italian farm family, the son of Grazio, a shepherd. At age 15 he entered the novitiate of the Capuchin Friars in Morcone, and joined the order at age 19 ....more

Getting the vaccination presentation right.

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Simple Woman

Outside my window...Squirrel hanging upside down and eating nuts while ...more

The Sorrowful Mother

For the past 14 years this has been a special day in the liturgical year for me. After losing my son to stillbirth in 2002 I felt that I had a special connection to the Blessed Mother in some small way. Going to mass on this day, of all days, has been cathartic for me ...more