Catholic Democrat

I recently read a blog that was titled Catholic Democrat. What an oxymoron in the world today. She went on to say that historically, the Catholic Church has been democrat. While it is true, that the Catholic Church does lean left on the social issues, the issues of today are a stark contrast to the issues of the 19th century and earlier. They did not have an already overpowering government, nor did they have the issue of abortion on the table at all whatsoever. Today, a Catholic democrat is someone who simply is not Catholic. Typically,  a Catholic democrat is a Catholic in-name-only, because they were raised Catholic, however are no longer practicing and in turn have excommunicated themselves. These people should stop calling themselves Catholic, for they are not. This blogger continued to say that she was pro-choice and who was she to ‘judge’ and to tell a woman what to do with her uterus. These people give Catholics a bad name. Practicing Catholics cannot overlook the murder of thousands of precious babies, just because they side with socialism/communism/marxism. What right does anyone have to tell a person they are not worth living?! Women are taught abortion is a simple, clean procedure, like any other, it only takes about 10 min. and it is just a piece of tissue. Women are not taught about consequences of abortion, the depression & years of suffering that it brings. They are not taught that, while they can convince themselves at the time of their abortion that they are not really killing their child, they will not be able to look back on it in the same light. They will know and regret that they killed their baby. They are not taught that the procedure takes place in a cold, dirty, dark, damp cement basement that feels like a jail cell. They are not shown the ultrasound, because it does not look like a piece of tissue, it looks like a baby. It has been scientifically proven that a fetus is a baby at the moment of conception. No woman should ever have to endure that pain and torture. This is the REAL war on women.

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Online Homeschool Resources

This is mainly for my own personal use, but I hope it will benefit other homeschool moms too.  I have come across so many wonderful resources that I hope to use at some point and I have far too many bookmarks to sort/remember, so I’d like to share all my favorite resources here, in one spot. Most likely, I will add to this list as I come across more. If you have a resource to share, feel free to let me know about it.

Books
storyformed.com/
https://librivox.org/

History
http://brookdalehouse.com/history-videos-for-kids/

 Catholic Projects
http://www.catholicicing.com/

Piano Lessons
https://www.youtube.com/user/PianoLessonsForKids/videos?sort=da&flow=grid&view=0

Educational Games
http://www.learninggamesforkids.com/keyboarding_games.html
http://www.abcya.com/
http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Movie Lessons
http://moviesheets.com/

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The Ball Just Keeps on Rolling

Get ready, my fellow Christians, to be persecuted. Already, since the Supreme Court’s Ruling, I find the ball that has been rolling for quite some time just continues to gain momentum. I can see all too clearly my concerns in my previous post, will likely come to pass. Perhaps I have been naive, or perhaps I have been slightly isolated in my conservative neighborhood and Traditional Latin Mass I attend, of the reality of what the Catholic Church is becoming. Fifty years ago, people who suffer from same-sex attractions would have recognized homosexuality as a sin and lived in a state of celibacy, rightfully so. This group is an oxymoron and anti-Catholic down to the roots. https://www.facebook.com/owningourfaithlgbt?fref=ts I’ll never understand why anyone chooses to defy God’s teachings. Each of us will have our day of Final Judgement.

“the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family.” “Don’t be afraid”, she added, because “anyone who works for the sanctity of marriage and the family will always be fought and opposed in every way, because this is the decisive issue.” And then she concluded:  “however, Our Lady has already crushed its head.” -Sister Lucia of Fatima

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The Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage

This ruling does not change the Sanctity of the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. That is a Sacrament between a man and a woman. The two become one.

I have said so many times, I feel like a broken record, explaining to people in support of gay marriage that I do not hate homosexuals, but that I disagree with celebrating it as it is a sin. I have tirelessly tried to explain that I have only love for all people and that is why I’m concerned for them and I will continue to pray for them. Regardless, I’m immediately painted as a hateful homophobic bigot stuck in the medieval era. It is as if all my words fall on deaf ears as soon they hear I disagree…and I am the intolerant one. Rant over.

My concern now is how will this affect Churches and continue to affect businesses and schools all over this nation. Will Churches be forced to marry? Will people be forced to teach in opposition to what they believe? Will business owners be forced to support homosexuals despite their beliefs? Will this have an affect on our Constitutional Right of our Freedom of Religion or Freedom of Speech?

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Learning to Homeschool

It was almost 3 years ago when my husband and I decided we were going to homeschool our children. There were many good reasons for doing so, my child was not learning or getting her work done in class at all, so I was basically homeschooling every evening anyway. My child’s personality is not one to sit and listen in an environment with many distractions. Then there is, most importantly, our Faith. We wanted to deepen our Faith as a family, pray together, and make sure our children have a good understanding of their Faith.

I had so many questions and concerns, I didn’t no where to begin. I read as many books on homeschooling as I could get my hands on and looked up more homeschooling resources than I can count. I must have googled for local homeschool support groups at least a dozen times. I ordered a curriculum complete with all the lesson plans and when Fall came around, I felt as prepared as I’d ever be.

My daughter was in 4th grade when I chose to homeschool her. In the very beginning it seemed to being going just fine. As each subject grew more challenging, we began to get behind at times and ended up spending far too much of our days sitting at the table to get everything done. I graded everything daily and recorded all the grades in my Teacher Grade book. I made 4 quarter report cards as well.  (I went to public school and it was the only type of schooling I knew.) I became stressed, my daughter became frustrated and stressed, and my husband would get stressed when he came home from work and we were still doing schoolwork. We still didn’t have extra time for other things like I had thought we would. We eventually got through the year’s curriculum (every.single.page.), but I knew something needed to change.

The next year, I decided we can skip pages here and there and I would put a time limit on our school days. We would close the books every day at 4 p.m. and finish the next day what didn’t get done. Well, once my child figured that out, she’d waste as much time as she could. I couldn’t allow that, so for the remainder of the year, I basically reverted to the previous year’s way of doing things. It wasn’t as bad as the first year, because I had learned to be a little more lax on assignments, but it wasn’t good either.

This year, my third year, I’ve finally got this! I switched to a curriculum that better suits my daughter, I’m using this curriculum for my 1st grader and my Kindergartener too. I make my own lesson plans as I see fit. I stopped grading papers, because, quite frankly, it wasted too much of my time and I could not see the point in it since we would spend extra time on each concept until it was well learned anyway. I now have more time in my evenings for chores or spending with my family.  My children are not frustrated, but actually like learning the way they are now. My 2 younger ones are done before noon and my oldest is done usually between 2 and 4 p.m. We are using a type of block schedule this year also, which I think helps my children when they don’t see 10 different subjects to get done in one day.

Looking back, I felt so ridiculously overwhelmed with everything I wanted my children to accomplish. I felt inadequate at times to be their teacher and therefore, tried to take on too much and give them too much. I finally stepped back and realized the only thing that really matters ultimately is that they make it to Heaven someday. It is so much more important to build their character, teach them values, and guide them in the right direction than to make sure they know how to diagram a sentence the proper way. I constantly have to remind myself these are not my children, they are God’s children that he blessed me with. Then ask myself, “How should I raise God’s children?”

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Random Thought

There are two kinds of people in the world; the people Satan is using and the people Satan is trying to get to. Lately, the devil has been working hard to get to my husband and I, using both my family and his.

The way I see it, we must be something right then.

St. Michael the Archangel protect us in battle. Be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou o prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world, seeking the ruin of souls. Amen

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I’m ‘That’ Mom

I’m ‘that’ homeschooling mom that brings all five children grocery shopping on a Monday morning because we’re out of milk. Since we’re already there, I might as well get everything else we need.

I’m ‘that’ mom that tells my children (even when they ask in public) we will not purchase certain products or go to certain locations because they financially support organizations that support abortion or homosexual marriage.

I’m ‘that’ mom that won’t let my children out of my sight because I do not trust their judgement nor the judgement of whoever else may be in the vicinity.

I’m ‘that’ mom that will ’cause a scene’ in the parking lot in order to teach my son not to run across the parking lot without looking.

I’m ‘that’ mom that prays in the restaurant with my children.

I’m ‘that’ mom that isn’t done having kids yet. (Yes, I know how that happens.)

I’m ‘that’ mom because being the mom God wants me to be and raising my children to be the people God wants them to be is more important to me than what everybody else thinks of me.

I’m not the mom that buys all the newest toys and all the name brand clothes for my picture perfect children with their perfect matching shoes and hair accessories. I’m not the mom that doesn’t want to ’cause a scene’ out of fear that someone may think my kids and my life aren’t perfect. It would be nice if my kids were always perfect, but they are not and they’re not supposed to be. That is why they have parents after all. Life is not supposed to be perfect all the time. I’m okay with that. I love my children and I would not change a thing. The rude stares, dirty looks and heads shaking in disagreement mean nothing to me. I do not care if you agree or disagree with the way I choose to live and raise my family. I will not let a ‘teachable moment’ slip by because someone else might not like what they hear. I refuse to be a ‘politically correct’ mom; I’ll just continue doing my best to care for the precious souls God gave to me to care for the way I think He would want me to. The village isn’t raising my children, I am, with God’s help.

Don’t be afraid to be ‘that’ mom.

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