Today’s youth is looking for a ‘safe space’ in order not to have to listen to words contrary to their selfish ideologies. Back, however, when people actually stood up for right, they made sure good things could happen. This man changed over 600 futures.
“African Cardinal Robert Sarah told the National Prayer Breakfast on May 17 that the world faces the grip of a “demonic gender ideology” that’s profoundly anti-family.”
Three ladies were discussing the struggles of getting older.
One said, “Sometimes I catch myself with a jar of mayonnaise in my hand, while standing in front of the refrigerator, and I can’t remember whether I need to put it away, or start making a sandwich.”
The second lady chimed in and said, “Yes, sometimes I find myself on the landing of the stairs and can’t remember whether I was on my way up or on my way down.”
The third one responded, “Well, ladies, I’m glad I don’t have that problem. Knock on wood,” as she tapped her knuckles on the table. Suddenly she said, “That must be the door, I’ll get it!”
Memories of a Home Schooling Mother
by Barbara Barthelette
Thinking back on the years of homeschooling, I realized that the one thing that schooling the children at home that never happened was . . . boredom! Every day was an adventure . . . some more so than others. Fading back to a day long, ago . . .
I woke up one morning to a dust storm and realized it was raised by a sneeze not the weather. My house needed work. Messages would have to be written on paper from now on, the dust (among other things) would have to go. The holidays were long, long over and I couldn’t use Christmas or Easter as an excuse for any more delays. I needed to sit down today and get organized.
Immediately after breakfast (dishes would have to wait as this was important!), I began work on my list of priorities. After fifteen minutes of almost futile searching, I found a pencil stub and the back of a receipt. The first item on my list was buy pencils and writing paper and hide them from the family. Having just completed that thought in writing, the telephone rang. I returned ten minutes later to find the pencil stub gone. The doors were locked and the children said they didn’t take it.
I decided doing the dishes would enhance my organizational thoughts. I dumped the breakfast utensils in the soapy water, scraped the plates, turned on the disposal and the sink backed up. Organization went on hold as I crawled underneath the sink to dismantle the pipe and dislodged the orange peels that someone had tried to grind up earlier. My efforts were not in vain as I found a pencil behind the can of cleanser. The dishes went on hold again and I went back to my list only to find that it, too, had left the kitchen under it’s own steam. Armed with pencil, I went in search of paper, thinking that as a home schooling family, there must be at least one sheet of the stuff somewhere!
An unguarded sheet of notebook paper was discovered in the children’s bedroom. I scampered back to the kitchen table, ready to work on my list. My pencil had never been sharpened. I was in awe of actually seeing a whole pencil that hadn’t been cracked, broken or bitten through, however, it wasn’t much use without a point. The three older children have a pencil sharpener, color-matched to their notebook to avoid arguments. At this point in time, all the pencil sharpeners had left through those locked doors, unseen by anyone. It was time to fix lunch.
Lunch dishes joined the remaining breakfast clutter in the sink. I once again sat down to work on my organization list. I had kept tabs on my notebook paper and acquired a purple crayon of adequate length. I made some progress on my list as I kept track of the children’s school day, answering their questions and jotting down my own notes. List finally complete and school day done, I needed a book report from one of my offspring to bring the day to a close. The child insisted she had done the report but couldn’t produce the evidence. Realizing how lack of organization had slowed down the efforts of my own day, I got on my teacher/mom soapbox and delivered (what I thought) was an eloquent sermon of a place for everything and everything in it’s place. As I stood to make my exit, I waved my purple-crayoned list for emphasis. Said child brightened up at once and exclaimed, You have my book report! I left it in my room. How did you get it?” Suffice to say, I handed out an ‘A’ with little argument and decided that dusty tables were best for notes. Besides, the evidence can be erased easily.
“Then His disciples, leaving Him, all fled away.” Mark 14:50
This happened after Jesus was taken away to be judges and crucified. How many of us might have been in that group?
“I ought to die of shame to think I have not already died of gratitude to my good God.” Saint Julie Billiart
Awaiting Payday, Bargain Candy Treats
Why is it that the benefits of payday seem to disappear much sooner than the next payday appears? Even with the close call on making ends meet, looking around the cupboard we can still find the means to prepare a treat for the family without a trip to the store.
Candied Cracker Treats
*Enough of your favorite crackers to line a vegetable oil sprayed 9×13-inch baking pan. (The buttery type or even the standby plain cracker will do)
*3/4 cup butter, margarine won’t do it!
*2 packed cups of dark brown sugar
*1 teaspoon vanilla extract
*1 cup of milk chocolate chips. (You can get creative and use white chips or even a mixture of chocolate and peanut butter chips)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Melt together the butter and brown sugar and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for three minutes, stir in the vanilla extract, and then pour over crackers. Bake for 5 minutes and turn off the oven.
Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the crackers. Return to the still-warm oven and let stand about five minutes or until the chocolate chips are spreadable. Smooth evenly over the crackers. Cool thoroughly and break into pieces.
Ideas to ponder:
-You could generously scatter colorful sprinkles over the chocolate before it hardens.
-Randomly scatter two kinds of chips over the crackers and when you spread it out, do it in swirls to form a pattern.
-Chopped nuts are always a nice touch to add after you spread out the chocolate.
-Instead of chocolate chips, place peppermint patties on the cracker surface and then spread out when softened.