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Good Friday

Here I am, sitting dressed in black, at my computer with a few moments of quietness. This week has been one that I have hoped for and dreamed about. A week that, last year, seemed a lifetime away. Holy Week. Easter. The week that we receive the Eucharist for the first time. Here it is.

I have grown so much in just the last couple of months. My understanding of what it is to be Christ’s Body, His Church has deepened. My desire to not just know God and to know about Him but to also BE His Body has been awakened. I feel as if I was sleeping for a long time. I forgot so many things in this slumber. But through my RCIA classes I have woken up and been reminded of who God is, who I am and what I am supposed to be doing.  I am so excited for this week as I feel my life begin anew. My past is forgiven and now I am able to remember what Christ did for me. Today I dressed in mostly black to remind myself that this is a somber day. I went to a nearby parish where the priest led us through the stations of the cross. Now I wait until the Good Friday service at our parish. I wait eagerly. Because I know that this is the dark before the morning. This time is somber and dreary. This is a time of waiting and waiting. Just like I have waited for so long to take the Eucharist. But I know the ending of the story! I know that Easter is coming. That is why I can wait eagerly with a joyful anticipation. I wait anxiously to fully partake of the Lord’s Table.

I know that partaking of the Eucharist is not just sharing in the joy but sharing in the pain. I know that it will mean bearing my cross. I am a little apprehensive about what others might think about me becoming Catholic. I know that some people don’t think Catholics are Christians. But I have to accept the persecution that comes along with the joys of following Jesus. May Christ’s Church help me to hold fast to my faith.

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This is My Body

I have quite a few friends who have gotten into sourdough starter. They make pancakes, pie crusts and bread. I’ve been balking for a while but decided to jump into bread making after seeing how easy it was. First I got some sourdough starter from a friend. I put it into a jar and then “grew” it by adding flour and water. Then, the next day, I made a sponge by mixing together one cup of starter, one cup of water and one cup of flour. I put this in the fridge. You can leave it on the counter if you want to bake that same day. I made my loaf the next day by adding flour and salt to the sponge and kneading it. I let it rise for a few hours and then baked it. It turned out really good. So now I’m hooked. Store bought bread tastes stale compared to fresh homemade. I can see by keeping a routine I can have fresh bread every day if I want to.

Real sourdough bread made from starter doesn’t have that much gluten. The gluten and starches in the bread are broken down making it easier to digest. The bread has a lower glycemic index which means that you won’t get the sugar crash experienced after eating white breads. This sourdough bread is hearty and nourishing, full of beneficial bacteria.

When Jesus said that He is the Bread of Life, He didn’t mean wonder bread. He was talking about old fashioned hearty bread. Bread that people could live off of. He wasn’t talking about stale, week old bread. He was talking about fresh, beautiful bread. When you experience bread at its best you can understand.

I’m looking forward to taking my first Eucharist in the Catholic Church. To eat the bread and drink the wine. To share in Christ’s suffering. To have Christ inside of me. To become His Body, the Church. It is becoming so real to me. For some reason baking ordinary bread at home connects me to God. Maybe it’s because only God can take something ordinary like bread and turn it into something extraordinary. Only God can take an ordinary sinner like me and use me for something good.

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ABCJLM: Year 4, Week 16 & Year 1, Week 2

I know that a lot of families choose to combine the curriculums and do only one story and one song a week. I decided to do both. Sometimes I do school one on one with the girls and sometimes I do it together.

School Girl was learning The Lord is My Shepherd and Psalm 23 while Busy Girl was learning about Baby Moses. Our verses were Psalm 23:1 and Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) – A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. The songs were O Be Careful and God Loves Kids. Busy Girl colored the Baby Moses and Basket. I cut it out and we glued it together.

We read Mr. Putter and Tabby Bake the Cake and Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do You See? Busy Girl colored the bear printable brown (the color of the week) and then both girls worked together to glue brown rectangles (the shape of the week) onto the bear.

We colored the brown train car and both girls enjoyed painting brown rectangles with water.

Busy Girl’s poem was London Bridge. I remember this one from my childhood.

The girls played with our shape sorter and also played with play dough.

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ABCJLM: Year 1, Week 1

Busy Girl enjoyed her first week of school. The Bible story was Noah’s Ark. I read it out of the Beginner’s Bible. Busy Girl colored the A-Animal coloring page with Noah’s Ark on it. I gave her a few animal stickers for her to add. I sang our song of the week, The B-I-B-L-E. Instead of memory verses this curriculum has a verse to pray over our children. This week’s verse was Romans 10:9-10 (NIV) –  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.

The poem of the week was Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Busy Girl loves it when I sing.

The color of the week was black so we used a black crayon to color one of the train cars in the color train printable. The shape of the week was a circle. I cut out a black circle and had Busy Girl “paint” it with water. School Girl joined her little sister for this activity.

The animal of the week was raccoon. Busy Girl colored the raccoon printable with a black crayon.

We played peek-a-boo, talked about where her head was and worked on waving goodbye.

I haven’t decide whether I want to do separate posts each week for the girls schooling or combine it.

 

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ABCJLM: Year 4, Week 15

Our Bible story this week was Manna From Heaven. I scattered some cotton balls about for School Girl to pick up and glue to the basket printable. She enjoyed this so much that she wanted to keep on glueing. She also asked to repeat the activity another day but I said no. Our verse was I Peter 1:13 “So think clearly and exercise self-control.” I’ve been rewarding School Girl with nickels when she can say her Bible verses. She earned her nickel this week!

We happened to talk about sinking and floating early this week and then I noticed it on the curriculum.

Our book of the week was Because a Little Bug Went Ka-choo. It was fun to talk about cause and effect.

For writing practice School Girl worked on the letter Jj and the number 8.

ABCJLM has come out with a one year old curriculum. I’ve decided to start Busy Girl on this because I need to do something constructive with her.

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ABCJLM: Year 4, Week 13

We’ve been sick so this week ended up taking a really long time to complete.

The Bible story this week was the Parable of the Talents. I read this one straight from the Bible since our storybook Bibles didn’t have it. School Girl colored the worksheet. Our verse was Col 3:23 “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord.”

The book of the week was The Gingerbread Man. School Girl painted the gingerbread man printable.

Our visual perception worksheet this week was completing the shapes. School Girl did okay with this one. She tends to want to draw curved or bubbled sides when they should be straight.

School Girl practiced her scissor skills by cutting out a circle and square. She did an awesome job. I think her cutting is better than some of her tracing. She also saw a maze in her notebook and really wanted to do that. I’ve learned to just let her work ahead when she is in a learning mood. She did great with it!

 

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ABCJLM: Year 4, Week 12

Our Bible story was about Jesus healing the ten lepers. I printed out the sheet of the ten lepers and had School Girl count them and then color one. Only one returned to thank Jesus. Our verse was Psalm 1:18 “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good.”

The book of the week was Construction Countdown.

We completed some worksheets on size, length, and weight. School Girl did a dot to dot star and completed a lacing card.

School Girl reviewed numbers one through ten with a sequencing worksheet which she traced.

Busy Girl joined us for coloring and play dough. We also started reading through one of our fairytale books again.