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.





Flash Back Thursday

I first posted this back on December 16, 2004. ...more

The O-Antiphons Start Today!

December 17: Wisdom that comest out of the mouth of the Most High, that reachest from one end to another, and orderest all things mightily and sweetly, come to teach us the way of prudence!LatinO Sapientia, quæ ex ore Altissimi prodiisti, attingens a fine usque ad finem, fortiter suaviterque disponens omnia: veni ad docendum nos viam prudentiæ.December 17, the Church begins the seven Great "O" Antiphons of the liturgy, that date back to the seventh or eighth century. These antiphons are chanted or recited at Vespers, or Evening Prayer, the Antiphon before the Magnificat. They are also the Alleluia verse at the Mass ....more

Finding Dignity in Death

From Last month, Brittany Maynard chose doctor-assisted suicide over aggressive treatment or even palliative care for her brain cancer. ...more

Twas the Tuesday before the O'Antiphons start

Since I made it through four various Christmas concerts and facilitating a wedding at church, I thought it was in the clear for a straight shot towards Christmas!But it was not to be. Last night I was asked to write a flute part to this lovely piece by Sandi Patty to be played at a baptism this coming Sunday. It really is a lovely piece, and since the grandmother of the baby was kind enough to sing for my mother's funeral, I feel like this is my chance to return the favor.But I'm a player, not a composer and this youtube piece is in the key of D and I need it in E flat - so I'll be composing and transposing instead of making Christmas cookies and writing personal Christmas card notes!At least I got the refrain done so maybe I can get this done faster than I thought.I plan to have a guide to celebrating the O antiphons up tomorrow.In the meantime, you can read my latest on ....more

Simple Woman

Outside my window...via Rob Vaughn on Flickr...more

7- quick takes

Join the other Quicktakers over at "This Ain't the Lyceum"...more

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Today's feast reminds that regardless of our state of life, our wealth or lack of wealth, our sex, education, ...more

Interesting Links of the Week

Once in a while I'll find one of these movie trailers that just trigger an emotional response that's very deep and painful - this is one of those trailers. ...more

Wordless Wednesday


The Feast of Juan Diego

Juan Diego (b 1474)...more