Friday, June 19, 2015

2015 Curriculum Sale

I don't really blog on here any more, but wanted to link up with Shower of Roses' Curriculum Sale to see if I can pass along any of my curriculum that we no longer use!

Please email me at kplato7 (@) gmail with what you are interested in or any questions.  Shipping will be $5 for up to five books, and $7 for sets or more than five books.  Once something has sold, I will cross it out, so it will no longer be available.

**The comments section doesn't work, so please just email me!  Thanks!

***UPDATED**** New Items I forgot to add originally!!

Art 1 for Young Catholics $5
Sound Beginnings Set - Book, worksheets, cards $35
Learning Centers throughout the Year $5
Mommy, It's a Renoir! $10
Songs, Action Rhymes, and Fingerplays $3
Animal Piggyback Songs $2

Only Sight Words book is left - $1

Balancing Literacy - A Balanced Approach to Reading and Writing Instruction $5
Ready Readers Stage 1 (Big book of readers combined in one) $3
Holiday Crossword Puzzles $1
Holiday Puzzle Book $1

Fix-It and Forget It Big Cookbook $5
Crazy About Crockery $2
Total Money Makeover $3
Hallmark My Little Book of Big Firsts for Girls $3

Saxon Math K - good condition, back cover is coming off, but everything else is great! - $10
"What is" series - set of 7 books, sold as a set - $5

Preschool Wise - $3
Building Her House - $3
Don't Make me Count to Three! - $3
Secrets of the Baby Whisperer for Toddlers - $3
The Toddlers Busy Book - $3
The Preschoolers Busy Book - $3
Parent's Answer Book - $1
Slow and Steady Get Me Ready - $4

Faith and Life Series Teachers Guides (New) - $15 each
Credo: I Believe
Jesus Our Life
Jesus Our Guide
Our Life With Jesus
Who Am I?

Faith and Life Series Workbooks and Reading books (New) - $5 each
Who Am I - K
Our Life with Jesus Reading and Workbook
Our Heavenly Father
Jesus our Life workbook
Credo:I Believe
Jesus our Guide
Family Guide

Thanks, and email me with any questions!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Convinced the Movie

What a great project.  As converts tell their story of becoming Catholic, may we be encouraged to strengthen our faith, ask hard questions, and follow truth, wherever it may lead.  The first step to looking for truth is humility - acknowledging that we don't have the truth in our pocket, acknowledging that we may be wrong and God may have more to teach us.

Please consider supporting this project.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Family Road Trip

Our family is in the process of taking an epic roadtrip around the country, so there won't be many posts on here, but if you want to follow our adventures, visit our family blog at:

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Proclaiming from the Mountaintop

Every morning, I sit in my chair with a cup of coffee, say my morning prayers and then read the news while I wait for the girls to wake up.  Lately, I have been chasing our sweet little toddler boy who is now walking and into everything.  During these brief moments, when I have a chance to catch up on the greater world outside my little bubble, I am increasingly disturbed at what is going on in our world today.  Kidnapped girls being held hostage, teachers sexually abusing students, parents murdering their children, threats of war, and here, in my own state of Oregon, a federal judge overturned the ban on gay marriage, violating Oregon voters.  As a mother, it frightens me to think of the world my children and grandchildren are going to be living in.  Our future as a nation is bleak as we become more and more secularized and morally deadened.

Friday, May 2, 2014

Fashion at the Mall

A few weeks ago, I ended up at the mall by myself, with four kids in tow.  I won't share all the details of how I ended up in this horrific place, with all four of my kids, but it had something to do with a desperate need for Easter/First Communion sandals, no babysitter, and a coupon that was going to expire. 

So here I was, baby loaded in the stroller, three girls hanging on, making a beeline for Payless Shoes, while I was futilely attempting to distract them from the giant airbrushed woman wearing nothing but a bra and too much makeup.  That's when we saw her.....a woman, shopping with her teenage daughter, dressed like her teenage daughter.  They were both wearing nothing more than long shirts (I don't think this can be qualified as a dress) - with nothing underneath them.  This was a normal-looking woman, she didn't look crazy or homeless, but if the slightest breeze were to come along, well, I would see much more than any stranger should see....  I couldn't help myself, but I stopped to stare.  Here was a 45 year old woman, with a teenage daughter, walking around in public, dressed like some sort of European coverlet.  I was brought out of my reverie by my three-year-old who said, "mama, why isn't that lady wearing pants?"  Umm.....I'm not sure dear.....

Saturday, April 26, 2014

An Extraordinary Day

Catholics around the world are anxiously awaiting the canonization of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII that will take place tomorrow in Rome.  The excitement can be felt all around, even in the non-Catholic world, as every major news source starts reporting on this unprecedented event.  As a new Catholic, I am enjoying taking it all in.  I confess, I don't have relationship with these Popes that many of our Catholic friends do, simply because I don't have the history, and haven't grown up knowing about these amazing men. I love listening to our dear friend Leonard talk about Pope John Paul II, the fondness and love apparent in his eyes.  Leonard can perfectly recall the day that Karol Józef Wojtyła was elected as Pope.  He remember where he was and how he felt.  I don't have those memories, but I can say, that today is still an extraordinary day.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Babies for Power?

Two days ago, a story broke that hit close to home.  It was about a power plant here in Oregon, near our old home, that was using "medical waste" to produce power.  That medical waste possibly/probably included the remains of aborted babies.  (Read the story here.)  Thankfully, the Marion County Commissioners called an emergency meeting the following day and immediately put a halt to this practice until an investigation could rule out the use of babies in the waste that is being used.  I am so thankful for these commissioners who took this seriously and were appalled by thought of using the corpses of babies to produce power here in Oregon. (Read about their reaction here.)

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Catholic, Three Years Later

At this time every year, I feel compelled to reflect upon our time of being Catholic.  We have
officially been Catholic for three years; it has been the hardest three years of my life, but also some of the best three years, where I have learned, grown, and experienced tremendous joy.

The first six months after our conversion were some of the most difficult times.  I felt the profound divide that had occurred between myself and almost everyone that I was close to.  My family was devastated, my friends thought it was strange, and my new Catholic family just didn't know the pain that I was experiencing.  I felt very alone.  Have our relationships improved?  Yes and no.  Most of our friends have accepted our decision, but it has caused a divide.  We have formed many new friendships and have started to feel a part of the Catholic community at large.  Things with our family are easier in the sense that there is an acceptance on both sides.  I no longer feel that I need to hide our faith: I know they don't like it, don't understand it, and it makes them feel uncomfortable, but there is an acceptance that wasn't there before.  Some of our family members enjoy discussing Catholicism with us, and with others, there is a sense of resignation.  There is and probably always will be a deep feeling of bitterness and betrayal, but we are learning to deal with that.  For those of you who are struggling through issues surrounding your conversion, it will get better!  There is a deep peace that comes with the grace of the Sacraments, a peace that will comfort wounded hearts.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Four Children Later...

My baby turned one a few days ago, and as I lament time gone too fast, I have been compiling a list on what I have learned about life with four kids:

  1. When I was pregnant with number 4, people often commented that four was much easier than three.  It's not.  Nick and I are completely outnumbered, 2 to 1.  There are times when we just sit back and laugh with a giant, "Alright children!  You win!" 
  2. There isn't a quiet or dull moment.  Ever.
  3. I have been waiting for the day when I have all four children crying at the same time.  It has yet to come.  Three kids crying, yes, that is a regular occurrence.  But all four?  I don't know why, but the kids haven't orchestrated that one yet.
  4. Sitting down for a peaceful cup of coffee is a far off dream.  It is one of the laws of the universe that as soon as I sit down, someone will need something.  Every. Single. Time.
  5. There is a lot of love to go around.  One of my greatest joys has been to watch my children interact with each other.  There was a tiny part of me that wondered if my new baby would get enough love or be neglected with all of the other activity.  Nope.  This little guy is the most loved member of the family.  Every little milestone he reaches is celebrated and noted by his older siblings.  Love is lavished on him, and he spreads his own love as well.
  6. I don't need to exercise to burn calories.  Running around meeting the ever-constant needs of these kiddos is enough.
  7. Another law of the universe:  My entire house will never be clean.  I clean one room, move onto the next, and within 10 minutes, the kids will have moved into the first room and set up a fort.  Or a store.  Kids gravitate towards the cleanest area in the house.  And that is never their own room.  Ever.
  8. I have laughed more as a parent than ever before.  Who doesn't laugh when you look out the window and see your children stripped down to their underwear singing "London Bridge" and doing cartwheels?
  9. Third law of the universe:  There isn't a meal in the world that I can make that everyone will like.  The kid who liked it the night before will hate it the second night, and the kid who hated it the first night will loudly declare, "I love it!!"  the second time through.
  10.  Parenting four children is exhausting.  I have never worked harder, but I have never been more content.  There is nothing more fulfilling than being a parent.  The kids are my life and my joy.  Children ARE life.  They are a constant reminder that there is good left in this world.  They are a constant reminder that my life is not about me or my own comfort.  Life is about pouring yourself out for others.  And as my living room is currently being turned into a doll park, they remind me that this brief moment of writing is DONE!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Education is a Life

As I enter into the final stretch of our homeschooling year, (or the last minute panic of "hurry and get everything done before summer!!"), I begin the process of evaluating what we have covered this year and what is left to accomplish. This of course is met with a sinking feeling in my stomach as the doubts creep in, and I convince myself that my children are behind and I have completely messed up their education.  The irrationality subsides, and I go back to the basics and ask myself the important questions - why do I homeschool and what is education?