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Quarantine Life...Part II

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I know some places around the United States still have not been able to venture out of their quarantine life at this point, however, us here, in North Dakota, have somewhat gone back to a bit of regularity.  We are back at church, (socially distanced, of course), we can eat at restaurants, kids have started back at school with a few precautions, people are moving about with a bit more ease.  We are still taking precautions, wearing masks, and not getting too close to large groups of people, but life was starting to feel a little bit better.  Our family was feeling a little bit more at ease.

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Homeschooling Blues...A Journey

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I think it’s’ time to do a check-in!  A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog entitled, “Homeschool Blues,” which got a lot of attention and a lot of support from family and friends.  I have decided I would like to journey this year of growth and development with the homeschool world and all of you, so that other families discerning homeschool can follow a journey of “raw” truth.  If nobody reads it, at least it will give me a great year in review to ponder in May 😊 However, I pray you will enjoy the journey with me.

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Finding Mama Mary in the Rosary...A Journey (Article II)

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As you know, I promised going on a little journey with Mary and some of my favorite mysteries of the Rosary.  This week I want to take us into my favorite mystery of the sorrowful mysteries.  I certainly do not want to overlook the importance of any of the mysteries, but there is certainly one that speaks most clearly to me and allows me to enter in more deeply.  

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Homeschooling Blues

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We are brand new to homeschooling!  I have a theology degree, not an education degree.  We are about four weeks into the year and most days I feel I am sinking further and further into the depths of the ocean without any life jacket or preserver.  I am so over my head that I am not sure if I’m still breathing.  

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Hiding from God

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My spiritual director loves to point out when I am hiding from God. “Why are you hiding,” he’ll provocatively ask me. Of course I’ll immediately object: “I’m not hiding! I’ve just been busy with work, family and stuff…” He’ll nod empathetically and won’t say another word about it, but of course the question served its purpose. By the time I’m done with direction, deep down I know that’s exactly what I’ve been doing.

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Trust...It is the Truth

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In sticking with my theme of anxiety…I want to explore how trust, or lack there of trust, really affects my anxiety!  So, let us begin by looking at the definition of “trust”. 

                Trust: (noun) reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing.

In my walk of the Christian life, trust has also been something I have struggled with from time to time.  In fact, when I was 20, I directed a retreat and I got to choose my own theme for the weekend. In prayer, very quickly, the theme, “No Doubt”, came to me.  I choose a song for the weekend by a Christian band called Petra, also called, “No Doubt”.  (It is still one of my go to songs today when I am struggling!) My theme revolved around the story of Doubting Thomas and his doubt of the resurrected Jesus.   I had a beautiful banner made that had Jesus and Thomas embracing with the words: “My Lord and My God!” I have always thought Thomas got the raw end of the stick.  One time he expressed that he needed to see Jesus, and he was given the nickname of Doubting Thomas for the rest of eternity.  His words of “My Lord and My God!” have become a beautiful prayer that the Church still prays today.  Thomas had great faith in the Lord and in that weak moment of doubt I am sure he learned a lot. 

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Fear...It is a Liar

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Fear: (noun) a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.

Anxiety:  (noun) distress or uneasiness of mind caused by fear of danger or misfortune.

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