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One Thousand Gifts and Easter Joy

One Thousand Gifts and Easter Joy

Having a thankful heart.  I recently picked up Ann Voskamp’s best selling book, One Thousand Gifts.  I was familiar with it in that I had often read quotes from it in the Magnificat daily meditations. They were always profound, on target, so naturally I was...

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Paola’s Book Bites: Purity

Here are my go to list of books for passing onto family and friends, on the virtue of purity.  Each book or video offers something practical and more importantly spiritual for fostering purity in our own lives and those most near and dear to us! Choosing Beauty: A...

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Transformed by “The Hidden Power of Kindness”

Last Mother's Day I received a lovely necklace from my children that had a hand stamped medal with the inscription "have courage and be kind," the words and theme from the recent Cinderella movie.  The kids know how much kindness means in this world and in our...

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Will the real Guy Fawkes please stand…

Yesterday November 5th all England and the countries once under British rule celebrated Guy Fawkes day. This is the day marking the failed attempt in 1605 by a small group of conspirators whose plan was to blow up Parliament and King James I.  The failed attempt is...

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Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women

By Gina Loehr Gina Loehr does it again, I really enjoyed her insight into the lives of women saints in her book Real Women, Real Saints and learned much from their virtues….now Gina takes us on a real and practical retreat towards inner beauty…the kind that reflects...

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Surprised by Truth

By Patrick Madrid “When I received this book as a gift from my husband, little did I know that soon we would both be fighting to read it! It is absolutely a hopeful, inspiring collection of 11 conversion stories. You will be touched, moved and motivated to evangelize,...

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Get Ready to Thrive in Your Homeschool

4 simple steps to create your best year! 25+ years of homeschool experience compressed into 1 simple guide. Written by Paola Ciskanik

Latest Posts & Podcasts

Sharing All Souls’ Day with Children

Sharing All Souls’ Day with Children

This past year we had quite a few funerals, more than I can ever remember. I suppose in part it is due to my “getting on in years.” In part though, it was because some very dear ones died way too soon. I am especially missing some very dear, soul sisters in Christ,...

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Is Homeschooling Your Kids a War?

Is Homeschooling Your Kids a War?

Catholic Homeschool Online · Blog Audio: Is Homeschooling Your Kids A War Here we are in the middle of the semester or perhaps close to summer break (for those in the southern hemisphere) and we are struggling, bickering, not getting homeschooling done in any...

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Science, Instilling Wonder

Science, Instilling Wonder

Do you and your kids love science? We do at our house. In fact, several of our kids have expressed this love by completing further studies in science in college. One son currently works in a Lab at Columbia University with his Biology degree and one daughter is a...

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