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January 31, 2013


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Mary wishes Julia a very happy birthday! Since she sent a Christmas package in January, her birthday gift will arrive by . . . St. Patrick's day?

Be glad you didn't transplant to MN. I won't even tell you how low the mercury dipped the last few days.

I am taking Mary to a high school open house in March, even though she still has a year. Don't know if that school will work out, as it's an hour away, but we can at least glean some ideas in case we are still homeschooling by then.

Blessings to you and your family!


So good to hear from you, I miss you! I am so proud of Julia, I always worry so much if my kids are learning all they are supposed to know...Julie can agree that Language Arts is always a big concern for me because I feel so inept. I know that must make you especially happy since you were her teacher for so long. I also consider it a big deal for a 9 year old to read The Hobbit. That is not an easy book to read. He will grow as a reader through that book though. Glad Henry is better, Joe is also susceptible to croup and had an episode this morning (yes, he is almost 10). It wasn't bad and actually we've only had to take him to the ER once but it seems that whenever he gets a cold he also gets that barking seal cough. Ollie thinks it might be because of his choking incident as a baby? Who knows. The cool air outside helps him though. Miss you!! Lots of love!


What a bonus day for me...I got to talk to you on the phone and read a new blog post!! Yay!!

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  • Hi, my name is Kirsten. I am married to my best friend and we have nine awesome children including our little saint in heaven, Thomas Joseph. We are Catholic, loving, living, and learning about our faith every day. We just moved to a fixer upper farm here in beautiful Kentucky. We also homeschool some of our children. I really enjoy COFFEE, reading, gardening, running, and knitting. I try to enjoy, laundry and cleaning bathrooms and sweeping floors. But what I really love is to be home, with my husband and children, living this life. This blog is where I write about the good stuff (mostly). Thanks for stopping by!

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  • PRAYER TO ST. JOSEPH THE WORKMAN Composed by Pope St. Pius X O glorious St. Joseph, model of all those who are devoted to labor, obtain for me the grace to work conscientiously, putting the call of duty above my natural inclinations, to work with gratitude and joy, in a spirit of penance for the remission of my sins, considering it an honor to employ and develop by means of labor the gifts received from God, to work with order, peace, moderation and patience, without ever shrinking from weariness and difficulties, to work above all with purity of intention and detachment from self, having always death before my eyes and the account that I must render of time lost, of talents wasted, of good omitted, of vain complacency in success, so fatal to the work of God. All for Jesus, all through Mary, all after thine example, O Patriarch, St. Joseph. Such shall be my watchword in life and in death. Amen.

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