Excellent Financial Program

Hi Ladies – Just a link for you – to share a computer program my husband and I are using in relation to budgeting and finances: YNAB – You Need a Budget. It is an all-in-one budgeting & financing tool, helping both hubby and wife to know at a glance where they stand. To find out about it and to see how it works: YNAB To get a discount on this program: Discount through Holly...

“How To” do the “Year of Faith” for Busy Moms

Hi Everyone Just thought I’d share re: the Year of Faith & “How To” ideas: I’ve been looking over the recommendations from Benedict XVI for the Year of Faith – he recommends a complete review of the Catechism and the Vatican II documents in order to renew our faith, to be read in a prayerful way, in order to prepare the Church to bring forth a new and fresh witness the following year. This is very important given the contrary witness that major political figures are giving, citing their Catholic Faith as the grounds upon which they hold contradictory views on abortion, gay unions, etc etc etc.. Knowing that the Church does not grow spiritually without catechesis, Benedict’s plan is a great plea for Catholics to learn and re-learn what we may have forgotten or perhaps never known. Initially I was thinking that his idea of going over the complete Catechism and the Vatican II documents as a tad bit “ambitious”, to say the least… However, after examining the catechism and the documents, and tying in the need for daily Scripture reading , I think it would be very EASY to work this study in for the year. Here is what I have come to , given that the year of faith is about 400 days: The Vatican II documents – If I leave out the ones on the priesthood, bishops and religious life (for us lay people only, that is, and even then, feel free to read those too…), and study all the rest, it could be done either: a) by reading a document a month, which is...

That Myth of “Super-Mom”…

Dear Holly i ran across your web page while looking for an ideas for routine for my home. i have 4 young children… the oldest go to a private christian school where over the summer they offered me the Job as head of the kitchen. we serve 500 meals a day,an i am in “charge” of all f it from the ordering to clean up. the good part is my younger children are more than welcome as the whole campus is completely family oriented. but my days are chaos! my husband works 10-14 hr days 5-7 days a week and he doesn’t know the lord(yet).my youngest child wakes up fighting an arguing with someone. i try to give everyone the same amount of time an attention but it seems no one gets undivided attention even during dinner and until the last is a sleep i feel like a referee not to mention my house stays a wreck. the are all in bed between 8 & 9 then it is 12 or 1 before i get to bed and nothing in the house actually completely done. i just need a little peace in this busy day i want my kids to grow up very close to one another and responsible. i am trying my best to teach them the godly ways of life but in all the chaos i feel like i am failing miserably. any...

A Reminder about the “Priorities”

Excuse This House Author: Unknown Some houses try to hide the fact That children shelter there, Ours boasts it quite openly, The signs are everywhere. For smears are on the windows, Little smudges are on the doors I should apologize, I guess For toys strew on the floor. But I sat down with my child And we played and laughed and read And if the doorbell doesn’t shine, His eyes will shine instead. For when at times I’m forced to choose The one job or the other, I’d like to cook and clean and scrub, But first I’ll be a mother. Never to say our homes are not important, but yes, housework is the 5th P, and does take last place to the relationships in our lives… always good to...

The Narcotic of Pleasure

“Unselfishness, which makes men free, is attained only through the patience of small daily acts of self-denial. By this daily passion, which alone reveals to a man in how many ways he is enslaved by his own ego, by this daily passion and by it alone, a man’s eyes are slowly opened. He sees only to the extent that he has lived and suffered. If today we are scarcely able any longer to become aware of God, that is because we find it so easy to evade ourselves, to flee from the depths of our being by means of the narcotic of some pleasure or other. Thus our own interior depths remain closed to us. If it is true that a man can see only with his heart, then how blind we all are!” Joseph Ratzinger in Faith and the Future, Ignatius Press,...
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