Saturday, April 18, 2015

ARCH Conference

ARCH Sponsored Catholic Homeschool Conference was a blast. I owe my thanks for inviting me in as a speaker and vendor. It was an honor and a lot of fun.

I was asked to be a "vendor" and set up a booth.  I was wanted to be present to chat with people.  It was like having coffee with me in my living room . . . well without all the kids running around and the laundry piled up.  Considering I love to chatting with people this was a great set up.  I really enjoyed interacting with people about their fears, their goals and their excitement in homeschooling.   

J wanted me to look professional and be the part so he had a banner for me and had my blog titles and covers put on it along with the Catholic Coffee Club logo and my head shot.  I was so supported!  

There was a lot of activity at the convention this year with many vendors.

And then I had my support crew.  Sugar, Possible and Goobers came with me.  They helped make coffee and talk with people.  
Goobers also got some homework done.
One of my favorite parts was meeting a few members of the Holy Heroes family after we watched their videos all during lent.   It was a treat to see see them in person.

My talk was titled "Purposeful Homeschooling."  I talked about our family motto, "The goal is heaven and everything else is gravy" and how that motto has helped us to stay on track through the years.
I love public speaking and really enjoyed meeting several of the families after my talk.  I guess it went well, except that after hearing my introduction that included a reminder to turn off cell phones I was mortified when my phone went off.  I turned the ringer on when I thought I was turning it off.  UGH!  
I do want to thank my dear friend who invited me to speak and who believed in my abilities and message enough to give me a chance.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Could I Be More Proud?

NO I COULD NOT!  The Dr. Joseph Graham Fellowship is a scholarship offered to college students that are living the pro-life message within their college years and sharing the movement.  As you all know my college age kiddos have helped get a pro-life group started on their community college campus.  Bear was instrumental is seeing this get done.  When he expressed interested in applying for this scholarship I was very proud that he was just realizing that he is called to work to protect the lives of the helpless unborn.  Just like our faith is not one for his, but his own faith I see the pro-life movement as no longer being something that dad and I try to instruct Bear in but one that he has taken on as his own.
I don't know what all this means as far as a scholarship goes at all.  I am just so proud that he was named as the recipient for Lone Star.  More information on this can be found at the Texas Right To Life Website.
Bear will go places in this world.  I know that.  This is just a small example of how he will take on the world and share his understanding with others.

I want to point out that our dear friend Tabby-Kat also was awarded this fellowship for her college at Angelo State University.  I am her Confirmation sponsor after all.  I just could not be more proud of these two.  The world is a better place with this next generation.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Fire in Neighbors Home

We awoke to endless numbers of fire trucks coming down the street.  It was a little after midnight and the parked at the end of the street.  Many of the neighbors all piled out of our houses in our PJ's.  We were all praying for the family whose whom was burning and thankful it wasn't our home.  We were outside for about 3 hours and honestly enjoyed the unexpected time to talk with neighbors.  We are surrounded by good people. 

The next morning we heard more trucks.  The amazing and diligent firemen had to return because of a "flare up".  This time it only took an hour to get it under control.
 The neighbors had quit a bit of damage but everyone was safe.
 After the fire was out the kids were given hats.  We thanked the firefighters for keeping us safe.

 Adorable is showing us how big the fire house was! 
Beautiful - new neighbor - Adorable

 We had to send dad a picture because he was out of town on business.  The twins did not want to look at camera.  Silly girls.
Jumba - Adorable - Beautiful - Bagel

Sunday, April 5, 2015

More Easter Fun . . . Also Opening Day

We went to spent the afternoon with some friends and the kids couldn't resist another photo op, until Bear tried to send Jumba over. 

After all the Easter fun and Egg hunts the Cubbie fans in the house cuddled up in a Cub Blanket to watch the season opener of the 2015 Baseball season.

Baseball is back.  Go Cubs!

Formal Holiday Family Pictures and some Silly ones