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Hello all. *sigh* this is a difficult topic for me to broach but I would appreciate your input. We have 3 children, current ages 8 (almost 9), 6 and 3. After our third child I suffered a very severe post-natal depression that lasted a very long time. I finally started on anti-depressants last spring when my youngest was about 20 months. Now I am off the medication and close to 80-90% better. The last component for me will be when I can find the time to exercise again and...
Interesting.. and tricky. I believe we should always welcome with love everyone who comes to join us at the liturgy and thank God for their presence as I believe God has called them there. At the same time what people are wearing generally reflects the culture and as the US has become extremely casual in dress for all occasions I think that has to be taken into account, many people have never dressed up for anything. I went to a wedding of a co-worker in the US that was...
Mammal Mama thank you for starting such an interesting thread. I am also a convert. I converted from atheism at 19 and am now 40 married to a cradle Catholic and we have 3 young children. One of the many many things I love about the church is that it is truly universal (which is what catholic means). We are a huge family and you can go to virtually anywhere on the planet and find a local Catholic parish or community to connect with. You can hear the same daily readings...
When we were homeschooling we used http://headsprout.com/ for learning to read. It is good for children (and parents) who resist 100 Easy Lessons etc. It is not free like Starfall but is very good value especially if you have younger children at home and are busy with toddlers and babies. The program is lots of fun with cartoon characters and music and closely monitors and adapts to make sure your child has success 95% of the time. I.E if your child keeps making the...
Research has found that the number one way to help nurture a prolific reader is to read aloud to them, all the way through schooling at every age. Our family had 5 moves in the last three years and much stress. My eldest daughter is currently 8, about to be 9 in a few weeks. Her schooling has been haphazard, some homeschooling, some Catholic school, before we left the US. She entered an International School here in Germany earlier in the year. As she entered her second...
Me again. I took the liberty of looking for churches close to the town in TN you have in your posting. You have a local parish called St Elizabeths but it looks to be quite small with 124 families. In Washington County in Johnson City St. Marys has 1,137 families plus a school so that looks like a big, active parish and I'm sure will have a SVDP group. The Pastor is very welcoming and kind on the website so you could start with him, or drive over there and talk to...
Jayrynsmommy if you really are in a position with no insurance please contact local churches. I am Catholic and the Catholic church has an organization called the Society of St. Vincent De Paul (SVDP) http://www.svdpusa.org/AboutUs/FAQs/...S/Default.aspx . It is made up of ordinary people who want to help and support others in whatever way they need. You do not need to be Catholic or have any faith. They will visit you and be a friend to you and support you and work to...
I just wrote a reply and lost it but check out this site http://www.squalorsurvivors.com/. It gives help and advice to hoaders and those that relate to them.
Does anyone have a pattern for the WordGirl costume? My dd (8 next week) wants to be her for Halloween also we need Captain Huggyface for either dc 5 or 2. We love WordGirl!
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